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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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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