CULTURE

No.75 [VISIT] When truth is stranger than fiction

Fifty-nine 18-metre-high pillars weighing 500 tons support this underground superstructure./Jérémie Souteyrat for Zoom Japan Built to prevent catastrophic flooding in the capital, the G-Cans Project can’t fail to impress. What’s the use of a football field in the middle of nowhere? And why i[...]

No.74 CULTURE TOPICS

MUSIC UK-JAPAN Bridge Together This is a special collaborative event, featuring the UK-based Japanese singer SUZUKI Naomi performing with the UK jazz-funk group the James Taylor Quartet. Bridge Together Project is an event produced by SUZUKI Naomi to celebrate the Japan-UK Year of Culture, and it ai[...]

No.74 [BOOK] A travel guide like no other

If you are looking for a book to accompany you on your visit to Tokyo, we have found the one you need.   Now here’s something you don’t see too often. A travel guide that’s not only practical, but also fun to read. As the title suggests – A Manga Lover’s Tokyo Travel Guide –, this b[...]

No.73 [EVENT] London – the capital of manga

The organisers have found excellent ways to attract the attention of visitors. The British Museum is hosting the largest exhibition about manga ever organised. it’s not to be missed.   after France enjoying an outstanding season of Japanese cultural events, it’s Great Britain’s turn to be[...]

No.71 [ENCOUNTER] Sounds from the north

A major figure in the Japanese electro music scene, TAKAHASHI Kuniyuki discusses his musical background. DJ and sound engineer TAKAHASHI Kuniyuki works under many different aliases (Kuni, Koss, etc.), and for several years has been one of the most exciting music creators from Japan. His particular b[...]

No.70 [FOOD] Learning to eat well in Fukuroi

This city of 88,000 inhabitants has decided to gamble on the future and teach children the art of eating well. Meals are served in the classrooms by the pupils themselves.   When the lunch bell rings in konan elementary school in Fukuroi, in Shizuoka Prefecture, everyone knows what to do. As in[...]

No.69 [HISTORY] Out of the shadows into the light

In Sakitsu’s streets, here and there you can catch sight of Christian religious items.   The Amakusa islands were one of the principal centres of Christianity in Japan. Located in the south of Shimoshima, which alongside Kamishima is one of the two largest Amakusa islands, the little fishing [...]

No.69 [HERITAGE] For better or worse

Built with bricks imported from Great Britain, these buildings are 110 years old.   The region took an active part in the economic development of the country at the turn of the 20th century. For most tourists, Kumamoto Prefecture is known for its nature, its magnificent Kumamoto Castle and for [...]

No64 [PRODUCTION] Japanese sake, brewed in the UK

A venerable Osaka sake brewer decided to build a new brewery in the bucolic English countryside. Owner & founder, Yoshihide Hashimoto (right) and sake brewing manager, Tony Mitchell.   It was two years ago that London’s sake enthusiasts first began to hear rumours about the Dojima brewery[...]

No60 [THEATRE] From Last Samurai to King of Thailand

Watanabe Ken will perform The King and I from the end of June in London. He gave us his views on his work. Don’t miss the opportunity to see one of the best Japanese actor on stage.   This June, the musical The King and I, starring Kelli O’Hara and Watanabe Ken, will arrive in London follow[...]