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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

CD Review: the GazettE – DIVISION

CD Review: the GazettE – DIVISION

I used to be a bit of a rocker in my teenage years, listening to everything from Marilyn Manson to Silverchair, Alice in Chains to Pearl Jam, Metallica to Coal Chamber, and I dressed to match the bands I was listening to at the time. As I got older, my tastes mellowed, as did my dress … Continue reading

SOCIALive vol.2 End of Year Party

SOCIALive vol.2 End of Year Party

GAKUNOWA (楽ノ輪) is a London-based music community which aims to expand and develop the Japanese music social network by linking musicians and holding gigs. Last night I went along to their End of the Year Party at the Old Queen’s Head in Islington and, although I didn’t stay for the whole night, I had a great time! … Continue reading

Introducing: Akari Mochizuki

Introducing: Akari Mochizuki

Akari Mochizuki (望月あかり), formerly known as Alika Mochida, is without a doubt the most active female Japanese enka (演歌) singer in the UK. She seems to crop up at pretty much every Japanese event, often with the ‘shamazing’ Hibiki Ichikawa, and never fails to entertain. Her brand new CD contains two songs, plus the karaoke versions … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #43

Weekly Shiritori #43

Last week’s post was about jinrikisha (じんりきしゃ / 人力車), so this week I need to start with either しゃ (sha) or や (ya). A big thank you to everyone who joined in this week – JapanAustralia with shabu-shabu (しゃぶしゃぶ / a Japanese variant of a hot pot), yakitori (焼き鳥 / grilled chicken on a skewer), Yamadera (山寺 … Continue reading

Introducing the ‘Shamazing’ Hibiki Ichikawa

Introducing the ‘Shamazing’ Hibiki Ichikawa

If you’re a regular reader of Haikugirl’s Japan you might recognise the name Hibiki Ichikawa. Hibiki Ichikawa (一川 響) is an incredibly talented London-based shamisen (traditional Japanese stringed instrument) player who seems to crop up at just about every Japanese event I attend in the UK. Born in Kanazawa, Ishikawa prefecture, Hibiki started playing the … Continue reading

A-Z of Japan: X is for…

We’re down to the final three in my A-Z of Japan now, and it’s time for X. There was only one topic that came to mind for the tricky letter, so without further ado… X is for… X Japan! (X Japan Official Website) X Japan (エックス ジャパン) are a Japanese heavy metal band. I’ll confess right … Continue reading