Tagged with taiko

Bangin’ on Heaven’s Door

Bangin’ on Heaven’s Door

I’ve always thought of churches as quiet places full of whispers, but St John’s Wood Church in London was shouting tonight. I don’t know if I believe in God but, if he is up there I think he would have noticed one Joji Hirota banging on his door tonight. I’ve just come home from “Beyond the … Continue reading

Joji Hirota at the Destinations Travel Show

Joji Hirota at the Destinations Travel Show

Yesterday I went to the Destinations Holiday & Travel Show at Earl’s Court. Even though I can’t really afford a holiday this year, I thought I would go for some inspiration (plus I had a free ticket!). I enjoyed wandering around and looking at brochures for far away destinations but, at the end of the … Continue reading

Japan Matsuri 2011 in London

About a month ago, on Sunday 18th September, the Japan Matsuri was held in London. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to write about it, but life has been busy. It was a fantastic day, with almost too much to take in. I wished I could split myself into two people to be on … Continue reading

5 Reasons to Visit Japan

***UPDATE: The September 2011 Blog Matsuri can now be viewed here: Reasons to Visit Japan.*** It’s Blog Matsuri time again, and this month the theme, hosted by A Modern Girl, is “Reasons to Visit Japan“. I don’t need to be asked twice to promote tourism in Japan, so without further ado, I give you: 5 … Continue reading

Akari Lantern Project at the Thames Festival

Last weekend the Thames Festival took place in London. The Thames Festival celebrated the mixture of different cultures present in London, including Polish, Brazilian, Spanish, Korean and Japanese. The Japanese community was represented by the Akari Lantern Project, organised by the Japan Society of the UK and lots of volunteers. During the day, there was … Continue reading

Japan-related events in London

There are quite a few Japan-related events coming up in London and, whilst I will of course be writing about them after I attend, I thought it might be a good idea to mention a few in advance in case you want to go. From Sunday 4th – Sunday 18th September, a play called Halcyon … Continue reading

Japan at the Mayor’s Thames Festival

Japan seems to be popular in the UK this year, which is good for me! I’ve just learnt that the Mayor’s Thames Festival in London will be featuring a Taiko and Lantern Parade. Here are the details, taken from the Japan Society of the UK website: TAIKO and LANTERN PARADE Evening, Sunday 11th September 2011 … Continue reading

Music and entertainment at Hyper Japan

Hyper Japan 2011 was held at Olympia Two in London from 22nd – 24th July, and I attended on all three days. There was so much to take in at the event – at times it was almost overwhelming. It was much bigger than I expected, and there were more people than I think anyone … 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