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When Marnie Was There (思い出のマーニー)

When Marnie Was There (思い出のマーニー)

Yesterday I went to see the latest Studio Ghibli film, When Marnie Was There (思い出のマーニー) (2014), directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (米林 宏昌). Yonebayashi also directed the Studio Ghibli film Arrietty (借りぐらしのアリエッティ) (one of my favourites), and both films are based on British books. When Marnie Was There is based on the children’s book of the … Continue reading

Japan by Prefecture: Ehime (愛媛県)

Japan by Prefecture: Ehime (愛媛県)

It’s time for ‘Japan by Prefecture‘ again! This is the series that aims to provide the highlights of each prefecture of Japan, along with my personal favourites and suggestions from readers. This week, we’re looking at Ehime (愛媛県). Ehime Prefecture is located on the island of Shikoku (四国), the smallest of Japan’s four main islands. The capital is Matsuyama … Continue reading

Japan by Prefecture: Hiroshima (広島県)

Japan by Prefecture: Hiroshima (広島県)

It’s time for ‘Japan by Prefecture‘ again! This is the series that aims to provide the highlights of each prefecture of Japan, along with my personal favourites and suggestions from readers. This week, we’re looking at Hiroshima (広島県). Hiroshima Prefecture is part of the Chugoku Region (中国地方) and the capital is Hiroshima (広島市). When I first planned to visit Japan back … Continue reading

A to Wa of Japan: Week 44

A to Wa of Japan: Week 44

It’s time for A to Wa of Japan again! Last week’s post was about things beginning with  れ (re) and we looked at Rebun-to (礼文島). This week we are looking at things beginning with ろ (ro). A big thank you to those who joined in with suggestions this week: zoomingjapan suggested rotenburo (露天風呂 / outdoor hot spring baths), and Rokko-san (六甲山 … Continue reading

Japan in London, January and February

Japan in London, January and February

There’s always a lot of Japanese-related stuff going on in London, so I thought it might be useful to give you a heads-up about some of what’s going on in the next couple of months. I’m sure I’ll miss something though, so do feel free to leave a comment if there’s something you’d like to … Continue reading