Why I Love Japan: Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix

As we continue to delve into the London’s Japanese art scene, sharing some of our favourite works – and in this case, some of our favourite curations – our attention turns to Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix, a contemporary gallery in Spitalfields that seeks to share vibrant, international works. “Coming from

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Sake and cheese? You heard it here first…

While it’s certainly true that cheese is for the French what sake is for the Japanese, combining the two may seem an unusual pairing for even the foodiest of foodies.While we’ll admit that we too were sat in the sceptical camp, an evening spent at Bistro Mirey – a charming eatery with a strong commu

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Why I love Japan: Matt Nguyen illustrator and founder of Jolly Awesome

We’re excited to share with you Matt Nguyen whose brand Jolly Awesome (run alongside wife Katie) features cute prints, pins, and ceramics. We’re most in love with Jolly Awesome’s collaboration with Sanrio (Hello Kitty fangirl right here) check it out at their shop. “After my first 24 hours in Tokyo,

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Why I love Japan: Asa + Yu

A slightly different addition to our ‘Why I love Japan’ series, which aims to share the work of some of the Nakama team’s favourites artists, photographers and craftspeople, we’re so pleased to feature Asa + Yu, a collaborative group based in Tokyo and London which delivers projects related to archi

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Why I love Japan: Jiro Osuga illustrator of London and Tokyo

Next, in our ‘Why I love Japan’ series, which aims to share the work of some of the Nakama team’s favourites artists, photographers and craftspeople, we’re pleased to announce Jiro Osuga, an artist whose playful illustrations capture his experiences of London and Tokyo. Born in Japan, but raised in

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Why I love Japan: Edgar Takoyaki contemporary photographer

With a keen interest in the Japanese art scene both in London and further afield, the Japan Nakama are excited to announce the launch of our ‘Why I love Japan’ series. Designed to share the work of some of our favourites artists, photographers and craftspeople, we’ve loved learning more about each a

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Why reconnecting with nature can help reduce stress

Are you living in London and looking to take time for yourself, reduce stress and reconnect with nature? The art of forest bathing could be for you…It’s all too easy to get caught up in the rush of London, or any city for that matter, stressing about work, family, friends, oh and did I forget to men

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Kanpai Sake: a new home for sake in London?

If you’re a fan of sake and live in London, chances are you’ve heard of new kids on the block: Kanpai Sake. If not, listen up…Existing to create distinct London style sakes produced using traditional Japanese techniques; Tom and Lucy (sake enthusiasts and founders of Kanpai Sake) have spent the last

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5 Instagram accounts you have to follow if you’re obsessed with Japan

If, like us, you’re a little bit obsessed with Japan, you’ll know that there’s no such thing as following too many Japan – focused Instagram accounts. With this in mind, we’ve gathered together five of our favourites. Give them a stalk and give them a follow! 1.hirozzzzA freelance photographer based

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Airbnb and Japan: what’s happening?

To the surprise of Airbnb, not to mention their hosts and prospective guests, major policy changes implemented by the Japanese Tourism Agency (JTA) saw the forced cancellation of thousands of reservations, with immediate effect, in early June. “Airbnb feels confident that their strict approach to ca

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Haruomi Hosono at the Barbican

Last Saturday, five decades into his musical career, the legendary Haruomi Hosono played his solo work for the first time in the UK at the Barbican. As a founding member of folk rock band Happy End and pioneering synthpop group Yellow Magic Orchestra, fans in the UK have never had the chance to see

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5 Japanese gardens to visit in London this summer

So far, London has provided nothing less than the sunny summer we all dreamt of during the dark depths of winter, with what seems to be a never-ending heatwave. With good weather, inevitably, comes a desire to get outside, soak up the sun and find out explore more of what London has to offer.With th

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Introducing the Japan Nakama Kamon

Kamon are Japanese emblems or symbols used to identify the ancestral bloodlines of samurai warriors and Japanese nobility. Kamons are an example of Japanese tradition that still resonates today There are more than 20,000 individual Kamon in Japan. Kamon is a unique culture and tradition that is only

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Mangasia: Paul Gravett Exclusive Interview

The critically acclaimed book, Mangasia, has begun its five-year world tour. So we sat down with its creator, Paul Gravett. Having started its journey at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, Italy, in October last year, the tour now resides at Le Lieu Unique in Nantes, France. Barbican Centre have

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Ongaku Yoru at Matilda’s Sake Bar

Bubbly music jiggled the floorboards of Matilda’s Sake Bar, which was already loud with glass clinks and laughter. I descended the wooden steps and a popping disco riff overlaid with an open-top-through-a-neon-city harmony hit me. De Ja Vu had me stepping off the streets of Golden Gai again, ducking

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Japanoise: The Originators and Innovators

Noise takes it further than any other genre. Rhythm, melody, lyrics, standard instruments: all forgotten. For many, the first time listening to this music is an unforgettable experience, because there really is nothing like it. Across the world people experiment with this style, but Japanoise was on

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Find Good Mood Matcha at Spitalfields Market

Founder of Good Mood Matcha, Max Cheong, has been hooked on matcha’s earthiness and unique umami flavours for as long as he can remember. Inspired by the health benefits of daily matcha and armed with nothing but a backpack and a good mood, Max set out on a mission to find the tastiest tea leaves.Hi

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Abandoning the Kimono

In 21st century Britain, kimonos (of sorts) are commonplace on the high-street and a fashion favourite for many. But have you ever wondered about their history? When they first arrived in Britain, and why? Thanks to a recent talk, ‘Abandoning the Kimono,’ hosted by Elizabeth Kramer and Allie Yamaguc

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Vaporwave: The Silverscreen

Beyond the cracked marble hotel lobby fountains and abandoned shopping malls lies a world that both owes vaporwave its respect whilst also being indispensable in carving it. Certain TV shows and movies from the 1970’s right through to the modern day played a large part in forming the aesthetic of ou

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