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Hit The Road With NHK WORLD TV This Spring

Japan’s international English-language channel launches travel season

Journeys in Japan – Exciting travel programmes on NHK World TV_44 (from website no logo)This spring NHK WORLD TV, the 24-hour international English language channel from Japan’s public service provider NHK, presents an exciting season of travel programmes offering unique insights into Japanese culture, both ancient and modern.

Kicking off this April, the season of travel programmes form part of NHK WORLD TV’s extensive resource of materials for anyone studying Japanese, planning a trip, or interested in learning more about the country in the run up to Japan’s Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Read more…

NHK World TV Autumn Technology Programming Schedule

October 5, 2015 Leave a comment

Robot-led exercise classes for the elderly, unmanned aviation for disaster monitoring and badminton-playing robots!  

NHK World LogoNHK WORLD TV, the 24-hour international English language channel produced by Japan’s public service broadcaster NHK, announces its autumn technology programming schedule showcasing pioneering medical robots to assist in elderly care, cutting-edge advances in unmanned aviation technology and a badminton-playing Read more…

NHK WORLD Viewers Choice 2011

November 30, 2011 1 comment

NHK WORLD TV Starts 2012 with your choice!

Back by popular demand, NHK WORLD TV special request series “Viewers’ Choice” returns in 2011. Vote for the programme of your choice via the NHK WORLD website. High-ranking programs will be broadcast back-to-back for Read more…

Categories: Press Release, Television

‘ABU Robot Contest “Badminton Robo-Game” Battle To Be The World’s Best’

October 27, 2015 Leave a comment

NHK World TV showcases first Robominton on 31st October, 2015

Times: 0:10-1:00/06:10-7:00/12:10-13:00/18:10-19:00   

NHK World TV - ABU Robot Contest_04 (2)This summer, 18 teams from the Asia-Pacific region took part in the 14th ABU Robocon held in the ancient city of Yogyakarta, Indonesia.  The ABU Robocon is an annual contest where university, college and polytechnic students build handmade robots to battle it out in Read more…

DVD Review: Welcome To The NHK

January 16, 2012 3 comments

Have your obsessions taken over your reality?

Based on the popular Japanese novel by Tatsuhiko Takimoto (Negative Happy Chainsaw Edge) and its subsequent manga adaptation written by Takimoto and illustrated by Kendi Oiwa (Goth; Tsukumo Happy Soul), Welcome To The N.H.K. is a 24- episode anime series produced by Gonzo and directed by Yusuke Yamamoto (Aquarion Evol; Sakura Taisen: Le Nouveau Paris).

Sato Tatsuhiro is a 20-something NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training), a miserable failure, and a reclusive loner suffering from Read more…

Film Review: Never Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki

April 23, 2017 2 comments

“I’ve always done my best so I have no regrets” – Hayao Miyazaki

C7Jx7ZRVAAA4D8DA fascinating, albeit somewhat melancholy, insight into Hayao Miyazaki in later life. The documentary begins with a brief review of Miyazaki’s main oeuvre – clips in rapid succession from his feature length animations, the foundation on which his well-deserved reputation is founded after which is his public announcement of his retirement in 2013 at the age of 72. These two elements set the scene against which his later actions are Read more…

Find Yourself in Tokyo

September 29, 2016 1 comment

Those who wander aren’t always lost!

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It’s pretty common these days for people of all ages to hit the open road in hope of ‘finding themselves’. Is it just a myth, or is there some truth behind that fact that experiencing a new culture or place can help us to have that lightbulb moment that changes our life forever? If it is true, there’s no better place to find yourself than in the colourful city of Tokyo. Popular with luxury travellers and backpackers alike, this brightly-lit city is on the map for all the right reasons. If there is a Read more…

Interview: Sebastian Masuda – Art Director and J-Pop Culture Pioneer

August 29, 2016 2 comments

Internationally-renowned artist Sebastian Masuda brings global participatory art project to London with NHK WORLD TV for Hyper Japan!

AAD_1008 (2) croppedIn the run up to Hyper Japan, which took place on July 15 – 17 July, internationally-renowned artist and Japanese pop culture expert Sebastian Masuda – who is art director for Kawaii International  – brought his global art project to London with NHK WORLD TV.

Time After Time Capsule is a five-year participatory artwork in which Masuda, invites people to share their love of kawaii. It has been created in collaboration with NHK WORLD TV to Read more…

Tokyo Extra- A New Online TV Programme

January 27, 2016 Leave a comment

An all-new guide to Tokyo!

Tokyo ExtraFor those of you interested in finding out where some of the best places in Tokyo are to visit, then this could be the show for you.

Tokyo Extra is a new online TV programme broadcast live every Sunday on You Tube that introduces information to viewers outside Japan by linking people in Read more…

Interview: Michael Booth Author Sushi and Beyond: What the Japanese Know About Cooking

August 5, 2015 2 comments

“I can’t walk down the streets of Japan without finding something unusual or peculiar. It’s just so stimulating.” – Michael Booth

Michael BoothAward winning food writer and traveller Michael Booth (author of the bestselling Sushi & Beyond: What the Japanese Know About Cooking) attended the popular three-day J-Culture festival Hyper Japan 2015 (photo report here), which was held at London’s O2 on 10-12 June, to participate in his first talk show with Japanese celebrity chef Rika Yukimasa, co-host of Read more…

Event: Hyper Japan 2015 In Pictures

July 24, 2015 1 comment

The UK’s biggest celebration of Japanese culture!

Hyper Japan 2015 logoHyper Japan, the UK’s biggest and best-loved annual J-Culture convention, returned on 11th – 13th July for another weekend extravaganza of all things Japanese from the authentic and traditional to the contemporary. Thousands of Japanophiles descended upon London’s O2 in Greenwich over the three days for an exciting time of live music, fashion shows, videogames, manga/anime activities, martial arts demonstrations and Read more…

Press Release: Hyper Japan Christmas Market 2014

November 9, 2014 Leave a comment

Get ready for a pop culture explosion at the UK’s largest J-culture event!

hyper-japan-christmas-marketDate: 14-16 November 
Venue;
National Hall, Olympia, London

Music, street fashion and cosplay – 3 pillars of Japanese pop culture which have captivated audiences and amassed devoted fans across the globe. At our HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market, we bring together the best of this trendy crowd and offer visitors the rare chance to experience a range of Japanese musical acts (both real and virtual), and to enjoy our HYPER J-style fashion show and Read more…

Hyper Japan 2012 Christmas – 3 Days Of J-Culture Fun & Excitement At Earls Court London

November 20, 2012 16 comments

Ding dong merrily on high, Hyper Japan Christmas 2012 is coming!

Date: 23 – 25 November 2012

Venue: Brompton Hall, Earls Court, Warwick Road, London SW5 9TA

There are only a couple more days to go before the biggest UK J-culture event Hyper Japan opens its doors Read more…

Show Your Love! A Message From Team J-MELO

February 6, 2012 2 comments

This message comes to you from Team J-MELO!

As the anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake is approaching, we’re inviting J-MELO viewers to send messages for us to share with the people of Japan. We’d be most grateful for a message from you. You can send one through Read more…

J-MELO New Song Project With MAY’S & Hiromitsu Agatsuma

July 15, 2011 3 comments

Create a Christmas song with some of Japan’s most talented artists!

The J-MELO New Song Project is your chance to create songs with top Japanese artists. The Japanese English-language TV Pop show shown weekly on NHK WORLD has teamed up with R&B duo MAY’S to create a song for Christmas. Shamisen virtuoso Hiromitsu Agatsuma will be joining the recording as a special
guest. Read more…

Interview: May J Singer/Songwriter And J-Melo Presenter

April 27, 2011 8 comments

Interview conducted by Spencer Lloyd Peet on 10 March 2011

Since making her debut in 2006 with “I Say yeah”, May J’s career as a Singer – Songwriter has gone from strength to strength, composing a string of catchy tunes which cross over into many genres including pop, R&B and Hip Hop. She has collaborated with some of the top R&B artists in Japan and her vocal ability has won her many fans and high praise from critics.

Not content with being a successful recording artist, May J is also the main presenter of the Japanese English-language music show J-Melo, broadcast every Monday on NHK World. Read more…

Interview: Ai Takekawa – Singer/Songwriter And J-Melo Reporter

April 20, 2011 5 comments

Interview conducted by Spencer Lloyd Peet on July 4 2010 at the first J-Melo Fan Meeting in London.

Having the ability to compose songs in both English and Japanese has made Ai Takekawa globally accessible. Not only is she a talented singer-songwriter, she is also a “Music Discoverer” for the English-language Japanese pop show J-MELO, broadcast internationally on NHK WORLD. It is due to her involvement in the series that she has managed to make her vocation a vacation, and on July 2, 2010 she performed in Europe for the very first time at the Japan Expo in Read more…

TV Review: Tokyo Trial Four-Part Mini-Series

September 12, 2017 1 comment

In the wake of World War II, 11 Allied judges are tasked with weighing the fates of Japanese war criminals in a tense international trial! 

Tokyo TrialProduced by NHK, FATT Productions and Don Carmody Television

Distributed by NHK in association with Netflix

Released in Japan and worldwide on Netflix in December 2016

Directed by Pieter Verhoeff and Rob W. King Read more…

Event: Memorial Concert For Japan Earthquake And Tsunami

A message of hope and of friendship between Britain and Japan!

Memorial Concert  for Japan Earthquake & TsunamiTo mark the fourth anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan on 11th March 2011, a concert performed by the Hokusai Orchestra, with conductor Akiko Ohtomo-Smith at the helm, and singer Naomi Suzuki was held on 5th March in the Attlee Suite of the Houses of Parliament hosted by the Read more…