Category Archives: Japan

Japan Matsuri 2018

Each September Japan holds an all-day (10am to 8pm ! ) action-packed Matsuri (Autumn Festival) in Trafalgar Square. It’s a wonderful  display of Japanese culture.   2018 was the tenth anniversary in London.   [Matsuri 2016 is also on this blog here]. STAGE   … Continue reading

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Bucolic Bliss

London’s Regents Park in the summer is bucolic bliss, offering  a few moments’ escape from the troubles of the real world.  Around every corner some new interest awaits: live music at the bandstand, a lake on which tiny paddle boats … Continue reading

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Japanese Garden at Hammersmith

Hammersmith Park [see map] is all that remains of a Japanese Garden that was originally designed for the 1910 Japanese-British Exhibition. Now, the park has been given a new lease of life with the installation of an avenue of stone … Continue reading

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From Kyoto to Fukushima

Holland Park is a much loved 22-hectare space  in wealthy Kensington,  central west London,  here.   Of the many points of interest within the park, one remarkable attraction is the Kyoto Garden.    The Garden was created in 1991 as a gift … Continue reading

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Ichiba at Westfields

In July 2018 the Japan Centre  opened a huge store in Westfields, Shepherds Bush., called “Ichiba” (translates as “Market Place”)              Twitter here.         =============================================  

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‘Japan House’ opens in Kensington

As set out on its website Japan House is the new [opened  Friday 22 June 2018] cultural home of Japan in London.  It presents  Japanese art, design, gastronomy, innovation, and technology, and helps an  appreciation of all things  Japanese.  Part … Continue reading

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Tanabata

Tanabata is a Japanese festival that celebrates the coming together of two stars, called Orihime and Hikoboshi, who can only meet once a year. Tanabata , meaning “Evening of the seventh”, also known as the Star Festival, celebrates the meeting of the … Continue reading

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