Master tsugaru shamisen player Hibiki Ichikawa returns with his latest CD release Shami-sensational!
The 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…
Categories: Music, Products
Akari Mochizuki, Enka, Hibiki Ichikawa, Japanese folk music, Japanese music, MUSE, Radiohead, Shamazing, Shami-sensational, shamisen, Tsugaru-shamisen
An evening of live music and fancy dress!
Date: Thursday 29th Oct 2015
Venue: BETHNAL GREEN WORKING MEN’S CLUB 42-44 POLLARD ROW LONDON E2 6NB
Time: Opens 7:30pm Starts 8pm til 1am
Price: ADV £4 / DOOR´£5 Read more…
Categories: Events, Music, Press Release
Akari Mochizuki, contemporary japanese society, entertainment, Fancy dress, Hibiki Ichikawa, J-Culture, J-pop, J-rock, Japanese ghosts, Japanese music, London
The UK’s biggest celebration of Japanese culture!
Hyper 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…
Categories: Anime, Manga and Games, Culture, Events, Food & Drink, J-Pop, J-Rock, Martial Arts, Music
Akari Mochizuki, Animation, Anime, Art, Asian cinema, Comics, contemporary japanese society, cosplay, Dempagumi. inc, Die Milch, Dining with the Chef, DVD & Blu-ray, entertainment, Exhibition, Film and television, gaming, Hibiki Ichikawa, Honey Spice, Hyper Japan, J-Culture, J-MELO, J-pop, J-rock, Japan, Japan Night, Japanese art, Japanese cinema, Japanese cuisine, Japanese food, Japanese tea, Japanophiles, Ling tosite sigure, London, London's O2, Manga, Martial Arts, May-J, Michael Booth, NHK WORLD, Okamoto’s, Rika Yukimasa, shamisen, TOKYO GIRLS' STYLE, TOSHI, VAMPS, Video games, X Japan, Yoshiki, [Alexandros]
London’s largest indoor festival on all things Asia!
Date: 15 – 17 May 2015
Venue: Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, London E1W 2SF
Tickets: Adult £12.50 adv – £15 door
Children (up to 10 years old, accompanied by one adult with an Adult Ticket) £8 adv – £10 door
Indulge your senses and experience the exotic cultures of Asia under one roof. Read more…
Categories: Culture, Events, Food & Drink, Martial Arts, Music
Akari Mochizuki, Art, Artist, Asian culture, Belly dancing, Bollywood, Calligraphy, Corrado Canonici, Enka, entertainment, Exhibition, Festival Asia, Fleur Estelle Dance School, Hibiki Ichikawa, J-Culture, Japan, Japanese art, Japanese cuisine, Japanese food, Japanese tea, Li Li, Lilisan, London, Martial Arts, Massages, shamisen, Soprano, Spices, Tobacco Dock, Yoga
The UK’s biggest celebration of Japanese culture!
Every year since it first began back in 2010, the annual London event Hyper Japan keeps getting better and better, not to mention bigger and bigger, and this year’s extravaganza held on 25 – 27 July at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre was no exception.
The fantastic line-up catered to all tastes in Japanese pop-culture from traditional dancers and musicians like the very popular Hyper Japan regulars Hibiki Ichikawa and Akari Mochizuki, who this time around were accompanied by guitarist Hide Takemoto, to contemporary Read more…
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Akari Mochizuki, Animation, Anime, Art, Artist, Calligraphy, Comics, Competition, contemporary japanese society, cosplay, DVD & Blu-ray, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Eat-Japan Awards, entertainment, Exhibition, Film and television, gaming, graphic illustrations, Hibiki Ichikawa, Hide Takemoto, Hiroki, Hyper Japan, ICN Gallery, J-Culture, J-pop, J-rock, Japan, Japanese art, Japanese cuisine, Japanese food, Japanese tea, London, Manga, Martial Arts, Mayuko, Naomi Suzuki, Otaku, Samurai, Sci-Fi, the Masked Ninja, YANAKIKU, Yano Anna, Yun*Chi
An open evening of traditional Japanese music!
Date: Saturday 1st February 2014
Venue: Trinity Church, 15 Nether St, North Finchley, London N12 7NN
Time: 6.30pm – Doors open 6.00pm
Admission Free Read more…
Categories: Events, Music
Akari Mochizuki, Classical Japanese instrument, Enka, entertainment, Free concert, Hibiki Ichikawa, J-Culture, Japanese traditional instruments, London, Traditional Japanese folk songs, Trinity Church London, Tsugaru-shamisen
The UK’s biggest J-culture event!
If Christmas is a time for giving then Hyper Japan 2012 Christmas, which was held on November at Brompton Hall, Earls Court London gave in abundance by way of a spectacular line-up that surpassed the previous event Hyper Japan 2012 Spring, with many of the live acts performing in the Read more…
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Akari Mochizuki, Alika Mochida, Animation, Anime, Art, Artist, Battle Without Honor or Humanity, Calligraphy, Christmas, Competition, contemporary japanese society, cosplay, DVD & Blu-ray, entertainment, Exhibition, Film and television, gaming, Hitori De Nadeshiko, Hyper Japan 2012, J-Culture, J-pop, J-rock, Japanese cuisine, Japanese food, KAMUI, Kenshin, London, Manga, Martial Arts, Naomi Suzuki, NINJAMAN JAPAN, Sushi, Tomoca, Tomoyasu Hotei, Video games, Visual kei
Londoners get a taste of Japanese culture!
On Saturday 6th October, under a blissful (almost) clear blue sky, Trafalgar Square in London played host to Japan Matsuri 2012. 70,000 people were expected to come and go throughout the day and it’s quite possible that number was met. Since the first matsuri festival started in 2009, the event’s popularity has grown year after year spreading the rich and vibrant culture of Japan and gaining new fans. Unquestionably this year was Read more…
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Akari Mochizuki, AKB48, Calligraphy, contemporary japanese society, cosplay, entertainment, Frank Chicken, Hibiki, Iaido, J-Culture, J-pop, Japan Matsuri 2012, Japanese art, Japanese cuisine, Japanese food, Karate, Kendo, Lolita Fashion Show, London, London Bunka Yachien, Martial Arts, matsuri festival, Naomi Suzuki, National Gallery, Nelson’s Column, NHK Television, Rajio Taiso, Sushi, Taiko drumming, The Tea Party Club, Trafalgar Square, Tsugaru-shamisen, Wagu Cup Bento