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Movie Review: Kubo & The Two Strings

Movie Review: Kubo & The Two Strings

“If you must blink, do it now…” What an opening line! I was captivated from the moment the film started, and Kubo & The Two Strings is without a doubt the best animated film I’ve seen this year, and in a long time. Kubo & The Two Strings is not a Japanese film, it’s an … Continue reading

Shami-sensational by Hibiki Ichikawa

Shami-sensational by Hibiki Ichikawa

The UK’s number one Tsugaru shamisen player Hibiki Ichikawa is back with a sensational new album, aptly called ‘Shami-sensational’. This fantastic album contains 8 new tracks, featuring the shamisen player himself, as well as guest vocals from Akari Mochizuki and instruments from a number of other contributors. Check out some samples from the album in … 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

Japanese Art Festival in London

On July 2nd I had the pleasure of attending the Japanese Art Festival held at Conway Hall in London. It was a two-day event, but I only attended on the Saturday. The day was packed with all sorts of entertainment, from traditional music to tea ceremony, cosplay to maid cafes. It was fab! 😀 The … Continue reading

Brighton Japan Festival: Moshi Matsuri, Saturday 18th June 2011

I had the absolute pleasure of attending the Brighton Japan Festival (ブライトン日本フェスティバル) today, and feel like I’ve just returned from a day-trip to Japan! 😀 It was everything I had hoped for – and more. There was traditional music, modern music, stalls selling interesting and cute Japanese items and food glorious food. The whole event … Continue reading

Hanami

,。・:*:・゚ Hanami party shamisen girl is playing, as sakura falls… ,。・:*:・゚ I went to my first hanami party today! In Japan, cherry blossom season is short, but it is celebrated with huge parties in the parks, and it’s really lovely! I met with some friends who run an English conversation circle, and they introduced me … Continue reading