No8 [DVD] The woodsman and the Rain

Japanese cinema is full of surprises and is lucky to have a distributor in Great Britain that is open-minded and discerning in the choice of films that are regularly released. Third Window Films is a company that deserves praise, for it is rare in Europe to find one that takes an interest in Japanes[...]

No7 [Book] The best place to drink in the world

According to author Chris Bunting, Tokyo has a lot to offer the curious drinker. Is Tokyo the best city for booze in the world? English writer Chris Bunting is pretty sure it is. People outside Japan probably would not agree, but the Tokyo-based British journalist has gathered a huge amount of infor[...]

No7 [DVD] A treasure of a film

A village is ravaged by plague. The ninja Kagero escorts a troup of soldiers that have been sent to investigate but very soon, Tessai, one of the 8 demons of Kimon, attacks them. Only Kagero survives, saved by Jubei Kibagami, a lonesome samurai. Dakuan, a government agent, has ordered him to get rid[...]

No6 [DVD] Twilight in the country of the rising sun?

© Fuyumi Ono, Ryu Fujisaki/SHUEISHA, SHI KI Committee Adapted from Fuyumi Ono’s novel, Shi Ki is a high quality anime that you can now watch on DVD. Full of suspense, this story will send shivers up your spine. This gothic thriller was adapted from Fuyumi Ono’s novel (The Twelve Kingdoms). Shi [...]

No6 [Literature] Discovering or rediscovering Black Rain

Five years after the atomic bomb explodes, young Yasuko is living with her uncle and aunt in a village near Hiroshima where they took refuge after the city was destroyed. Graceful, clever, and gentle, Yasuko has yet to find a husband. A rumour says she was caught in the shower of black rain that fel[...]

No5 [Literature] The memory of our mothers

By continuing the work she started with her first novel, Julie Otsuka forcefully evokes the conditions of Japanese immigrants in America. On the boat, we were mostly virgins. We had long black hair and flat feet and we were not very tall.” It is with these words that Julie Otsuka starts her new no[...]

No5 [Exhibition] Kioku: fracture and memories

Until the 8th of December, Christian Ferreira will present the first collaborative installation by British artists Tom Milnes & Sabine Okami in the Accumulator Tower at Wapping Hydraulic Power Station. Titled “Kioku” (memory) this ambitious installation sees Milnes & Okami workin[...]

No4 [Literature] 1300 candles for the Kojiki

Compiled in the year 712, it is about time you were introduced to the ‘Record of Ancient Matters’, a monument of Japanese culture. In turn a cosmogony, a theogony, an epic, a history manual, a collection of songs, embracing the birth of gods and their cults, the Earth and its multiplicity of nam[...]

No4 [Photography] A red carpet for Moriyama

You can enjoy Daido Moriyama’s work at the Michael Hoppen Gallery until 20th October. It is a must see. Daido Moriyama is a traveller, a photographer and a fascinating author. He was born in 1938 and his childhood memories reach back to the Occupation of the Allied Powers. He began his career as [...]