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February 2017 Tea Tasting Event At Minamoto London

February 24, 2017 Leave a comment

Sample some of the best high quality Japanese teas available in the UK!

Japanese teaVenue: Minamoto Kitchoan 44 Piccadilly, London

Date: 25th February 2017

Time: 14.00– 18.30

Admission: FREE Read more…

Mini Tea Event and Free Tea Tasting Promotions at Minamoto Strand Store London

February 9, 2017 Leave a comment

Sample some of the best high quality Japanese teas available in the UK!

minamoto-the-strandVenue: Minamoto Kitchoan Japanese Confectionery shop, 448 Strand, London, WC2R 0QU (Just opposite Charing Cross BR Station)

Date: Friday, 10th February 2017

Time: 14:00 hrs. -19:00 hrs. (Please just pop in anytime during the event hours) Read more…

January 2017 Tea Tasting Event At Minamoto London

January 25, 2017 Leave a comment

Sample some of the best high quality Japanese teas available in the UK!

Japanese teaVenue: Minamoto Kitchoan 44 Piccadilly, London

Date: 28th January 2017

Time: 14.00– 19.00

Admission: FREE Read more…

December 2016 Tea Tasting Event At Minamoto London

December 14, 2016 Leave a comment

Sample some of the best high quality Japanese teas available in the UK!

Japanese teaVenue: Minamoto Kitchoan 44 Piccadilly, London

Date: 17th December 2016

Time: 14.00– 19.00

Admission: FREE Read more…

Book Review: Where The Dead Pause And The Japanese Say Goodbye – A Journey By Marie Mutsuki Mockett

December 5, 2016 Leave a comment

Its pages are often full of a light that illuminates a fundamental human experience!

where-the-dead-pause-and-the-japanese-say-goodbyeOn Friday 11th March 2011 at 2.46pm local time the 9.0 magnitude Tōhoku Earthquake, the most powerful on record to have ever hit Japan, struck off the Pacific Coast of Tōhoku triggering Tsunami’s some of which reached up to 133 feet (40.5 metres) and travelled up to 6 miles (10 km) inland. Nearly 16,000 people were killed, over 6,000 injured and just over 2,500 people are still missing. It is against this back drop that Mutsuki Mockett weaves her way through a landscape of grief; that of her own personal, complicated, grief at the loss of her beloved father, and that of the people of the region from where some of her ancestors came. Read more…

November 2016 Tea Tasting Event At Minamoto London

November 18, 2016 Leave a comment

Sample some of the best high quality Japanese teas available in the UK!

Japanese teaVenue: Minamoto Kitchoan 44 Piccadilly, London

Date: 20th November 2016

Time: 14.00– 18.30

Admission: FREE Read more…

Interview: Hibiki Ichikawa Talks Shami-sensational

November 18, 2016 Leave a comment

Master tsugaru shamisen player Hibiki Ichikawa returns with his latest CD release Shami-sensational!

hibiki-cd-1The blend of traditional and contemporary music across 8 tracks never sounds misplaced, both remarkably intertwine giving the listener a whole new shamisen experience.

Diverse Japan is honoured and delighted that the UK-based Japanese maestro, officially recognized as a world-leading talent of tsugaru shamisen, has taken time out of his busy schedule to chat with us about the ins and outs of Read more…

Closed! WIN A Pack Of Gyokuro – High Quality Loose Japanese White Tea

January 18, 2016 45 comments

Hooray! It’s competition time again! (UK Residents only)

12 packs of premier Japanese tea to giveaway!

KYOTO UJI-GYOKURO 100GThanks to ES Food Trading, Diverse Japan is thrilled to be giving away 12 packets (one per winner) of Gyokuro, a high quality delicately sweet Japanese white tea, often referred to as the connoisseur’s Japanese tea, farmed in Kyoto, Japan, imported and exclusively sold in the UK to selective London stores including the wagashi (Japanese confectionery) outlet, Minamoto Kitchoan, and the prestigious food store Partridges .

Each pack (worth £24.00) contains 100 gms of loose leaf tea.

To enter, see competition rules at bottom of page. Read more…

December 2015 Tea Tasting Event At Minamoto London

December 16, 2015 Leave a comment

Sample some of the best high quality Japanese teas available in the UK!

Japanese teaVenue: Minamoto Kitchoan 44 Piccadilly, London

Date: 19th December 2015

Time: 14.00– 19.00

Admission: FREE Read more…

Review: The Newly Refurbished Toshiba Gallery At The Victoria And Albert Museum

December 16, 2015 Leave a comment

‘Design is not for philosophy, it’s for life’ (Issey Miyake)

The Mazarin Chest, Japanese c.1640 (c)After the post Second World War attempt by the Allies in occupied Japan to disband the zaibatsu business conglomerates, which was partially successful, Japanese industry began setting itself strategies at regular intervals for the development and manufacture of products. Each revolved around particular group of five facets of design and manufacture – for instance a single strategic phase might involve something like: 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…

Marimo Magic – Little Green Fabulousness

February 17, 2015 3 comments

If you take good care of your Marimo, it will make your wishes come true! Morimo - Love MossWe all know that Japan has a love for strange and wonderful things we would usually never get to see in the West. But did you ever hear about Marimos? A Marimo, Aegagropila linnaei or 毬藻, is an algae (moss) that has the shape of a ball. They are native to lakes in Iceland, Scotland, Estonia, Australia and, of course, Japan. There, they are to be found in the lake Akan-ko in Hokkaido. The people who live around the lake call the Marimos ‘Torasanpe’ which means ‘lake monster/goblin’ and they hold an annual Marimo festival from Read more…

WIN The Art Of The Japanese Sword: The Craft Of Swordmaking And Its Appreciation Now Closed!

August 31, 2014 32 comments

Hooray! It’s competition time again!

The Art Of The Japanese Sword - The Craft Of Swordmaking And Its AppreciationIn The Art of the Japanese Sword (Diverse Japan’s review here), master swordsmith Yoshindo Yoshihara offers a detailed look at the entire process of Japanese sword making, including the finishing and appreciation of Japanese blades.

Japanese sword art stands out in many ways: functionality as a weapon, sophisticated metallurgy and metal smithing, the shape of the blade itself—all contribute to the beauty of these remarkable weapons. The Art of the Japanese Sword conveys to the reader Japanese sword history and Read more…

Book Review: The Art Of The Japanese Sword: The Craft Of Swordmaking And Its Appreciation

August 28, 2014 1 comment

Like people and snowflakes, no two Japanese swords are the same!

The Art Of The Japanese Sword - The Craft Of Swordmaking And Its AppreciationWritten by Yoshindo Yoshihara (a third generation swordsmith) with Leon and Hiroko Kapp, The Art of the Japanese Sword is a beautiful large format book (effectively printed on glossy black paper with white text) that focuses on the production and understanding of the symbolic steel weapon once used by samurai and now admired by art collectors all round the world as an object of perfection, although many people use them to practice traditional Japanese martial arts like Iaido (the art of drawing the sword). Read more…

Yamaha Motor Presents “Master of Torque” — An Original Short Anime Series

A fully subtitled 4-part series with a global audience in mind!

Master of Torque Yamaha Motor has released the fourth and final episode of its original short anime series, “Master of Torque.” This project represents a new endeavor by Yamaha to communicate the motorcycling lifestyle through a story set in a semi-fictional Tokyo, Japan. All four episodes can be viewed on the official YouTube channel and the anime’s special Read more…

The Latest Tech Gadgets From Japan

March 29, 2014 5 comments

From ‘mind controlled’ cat ears to remote controlled mops!

cat earsJapan is a country known for some unusual creations and pastimes – both of which fascinate the international community and make some onlookers scratch their head. However you may feel about those gadgets, you can’t argue against their unique nature. As for the rest of us, we think they’re pretty cool. What are the coolest tech gadgets and gizmos out of Japan recently? Here are some items you may want to try and get your hands on while Read more…

August Japanese Tea Tasting Event At Minamoto London

August 18, 2013 Leave a comment

Sample some of the best high quality Japanese teas available in the UK!

SUMIRE Fukamushi Premium Sencha Organic Eco-farmedVenue: Minamoto Kitchoan 44 Piccadilly, London W1J 0DS

Date: 24 August 2013

Time: 13.00 – 18.30

Admission: FREE

UK Japanese tea supplier/distributor/promotor ES Food Trading, founded by DJ’s good friend Eiko Stains, will be holding a FREE tea tasting event at Read more…

The Panasonic Hero Generator App

September 29, 2012 1 comment

How to become Ultra Hero!

Have you always wanted to be recognised as a hero and to make it onto the front page of a national newspaper but didn’t actually fancy saving the life of anyone or doing anything else that would put your own life in danger? Well, thanks to our friends at Panasonic, your dream can come true – and you won’t even have to leave your bedroom.

I know what you’re thinking. Your thinking you’ll probably have to do something outrageous like wear your underwear over a pair of tights or Read more…

Invasion Of The Cute: Genki Gear Reveals Exclusive MCM London Comic Con T-Shirt!

September 20, 2012 1 comment

MCM London Comic Con – Excel London – 26-28 October

They may be cute but their aim is still world domination! Genki Gear shows that some invasions are just too sweet to be stopped with the official T-shirt of October’s MCM London Comic Con, Britain’s biggest festival of pop culture.

Created exclusively for the MCM London Comic Con, this limited edition design will only be available on pre-order until 25 October at GenkiGear.com. Available in both men’s and women’s sizes, the Invasion of the Cute T-shirts are priced £16.99 and can be collected Read more…