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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7 insider’s tips for travelling in Japan

From tea tours in Kyoto to vintage shopping in Tokyo; Mount Fuji to mount(ains) of ramen; experiencing onsen and the bullet train, hiking UNESCO heritage sites and exploring the dynamic art scene (without mentioning everything in between) Japan can’t be considered anything less than abundant in its

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‘Enjuku’ by Takefumi Hori

Takefumi Hori’s latest collection, ‘Enjuku,’ is a welcome addition to emerging gallery, Fiumano Clase. An understated, warehouse-turned-gallery directed by Andrés Clase and Francesca Fiumano, the space is intended to encourage ‘best ideas, techniques and practice,’ which makes the decision to exhibi

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Más Hangok | Interview

Along the noisy London Road in Brighton, a couple of doors away from Dominoes Pizza, I walked into the ONCA gallery to watch Más Hangok. The duo were setting up their collection of FX/loop pedals, homemade instruments and whirring electronic devices. A few people sat around, chatting amongst the art

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‘Stay-‘ by Iyamari

With a focus on time and perception, London-based artists Iyamari’s UK debut exhibition ‘Stay-’ aims to construct a model of ‘a moment’ and human cognisance, which she presents effectively through her use of installation artwork.Iyamari combines wood prints, which reflects the idea of trees function

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5 Instagram accounts you need to follow for Sakura season!

As early as the eighth century, Japan’s cherry blossom season (Sakura) has been celebrated annually between the months of March and May, and with good reason. In 2018, social media allows everyone a glimpse at the beauty of springtime Japan. Below you can find a curated collection of images selected

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Gerard Touren at the Sway Gallery | Interview

Five minutes down the road from Old Street underground station, through the hustle and bustle of central London, I gazed through black and white windows to another world. Gerard Touren’s photography exhibition at the Sway Gallery captured a curious, intimate and lonely everyday Tokyo. To a Londoner

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Swearing an oath to the cult of Hello Kitty

Who is Hello Kitty?An adorably innocent cartoon character? A symbol of female oppression? Or, alternatively, a feminist icon?It’s nearing five decades since her debut appearance on a vinyl coin purse in November 1974 and Hello Kitty’s status and symbolism continues to be hotly disputed.The root of t

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Paper Cranes, Cats & Fading Memories – Jiji & Kinako at Sway Gallery

An early evening atmosphere had already arrived at Sway Gallery before I had. Warmly greeted by gallery staff, I had caught my first glimpse of the heartfelt displays of Jiji & Kinako. It told of the story of a once energetic and joyful Jiji, a 94 year old man who had spiralled into a world of unhap

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Vaporwave Art: Behind the Vapour

2400 years ago, during the 4th Century BC, Alexander the Great’s conquest across Asia diversified Greek culture, throwing off the Classical cloak and wrapping themselves in the Hellenistic toga, which – using its busts and sculptures – paved the way for vaporwave, above other less important things.

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4 Unique Japanese Foods

Coming from England, a land known world-wide for its bland, beige, sloppy brown dishes (that English people love), the experiments in flavours that can be found in every conbini (convenience store) zapped my taste buds into paralysis. It was like finding out there are new colours and swimming in the

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Love Pets? Love This.

After a successful first collection, where his depiction of the humble squirrel gained interest and a positive reception, London based illustrator, So Fujii, turned his focus exclusively to animals for his latest collection, titled ‘The Pets You Love.’ It was recently exhibited at Sway Gallery, Sho

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3 Relaxing Albums by Japanese Composers

One of the things that makes these soul-clearing albums so special is their ability to invoke a massive range of emotions. Hidden in their simple melodies is a world of reflective nostalgia that is far beyond bitter sweet. 1. Satoshi Ashikawa – Still Way (Wave Notation 2)This album is the easiest wa

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Japan Nakama visit the Feb London Anime and Gaming Con

The team at Japan Nakama were kindly invited to attend the most recent London Anime & Gaming Con; a home for anime, gaming, and cosplay in London. Despite having limited personal experience with anime or gaming culture, I was excited and intrigued to explore the convention and find out what it might

E Emily Shaw

Memoirs of a Murderer | Review

A remake of the 2012 Korean film ‘Confessions of a Murderer,’ Yu Irie’s ‘Memoirs of a Murderer,’ explores a loophole in Japanese law which allows a serial killer, known up until this point only as the ‘Tokyo Strangler,’ to reveal his identity without threat of trial or any legal implication.The fil

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London Sake Brewer’s Club: No Expensive Membership Required

Following a successful first event, London Sake Brewer’s Club is set to make waves in the cities fine wining and dining scene, attracting experts, enthusiasts and sake-virgins, alike!The organisation behind the Brewer’s Club has a powerful vision for its future; hoping to establish a strong communit

E Emily Shaw

Japanese Girls Never Die | Review

On a rainy day near Buckingham Palace, the Japan Nakama App led me into the Institute of Contemporary Arts for the sold-out showing of Japanese Girls Never Die (2016), directed by Daigo Matsui. I shuffled into the second row of seats at the front and got comfortable. Japan Foundation’s Senior Arts P

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Japanese Calligraphy with Taki Kodaira

The SOAS Japan Society kindly invited me along to one of their (many) events last Saturday, a Japanese calligraphy workshop with esteemed calligrapher, Taki Kodaira. In the Oriental and African Studies building, ten of us sat cluelessly curious, inspecting the large brushes and square inkpots before

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Initiation Love Review

Split between 1980’s Tokyo and Shizuoka, Yuhihiko Tsutsumi’s 2015 romantic comedy ‘Initiation Love, イニシエーション・ラブ)’ appears to explore the struggles faced by a couple navigating first love and long distance relationships; a coming of age tale with aspects that many will find relatable.Split into two c

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Spotlight – Akemi Solloway

One orphan child said to me; “I hadn’t been able to reveal my loneliness and sorrow to others in Japan, as they were also distraught, even though they were adults, they had lost family are were suffering too. …but the charity workers had come from afar away land, the UK, where they hadn’t experience

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Japan Center’s new store is bringing depachika back to London!

Last week, the Japan Centre re-opened it’s door to lovers of Japanese cuisine in London. The beautifully designed new premise transports customers back to the old depachika of Tokyo (except cleaner!). Depachika, if you don’t already know, is the bottom floor of a Japanese department store, the base

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