Interview with Saera Jin – Film Director based in London and Tokyo

By Mike Sullivan Please tell us about where you are from in Japan and your background. I was born in Yokohama and grew up in Tokyo. I studied fashion photography at the London College of Communication and did my Masters in Creative Writing at Brunel University. So basically, I’m a Tokyo Girl, but also a […]

Interview with Midori Komachi – Talented Violinist

Interview and photos by Mike Sullivan Please introduce yourself and your background. Where are you originally from in Japan? I am a classical violinist based in London. I have been performing mainly as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe and Japan, and I recently released my first solo album. I also enjoy giving educational […]

Interview with Yumi Goto – ‘Be my Baby’ Actress

Interview by Saneyuki Owada, translation by Mike Sullivan This year at the Terracotta Far East Film Festival in London it was possible to see the movie Be My Baby (恋の渦), just before this event we were lucky enough to be able to interview one of the actresses who appeared in this film. The interview took […]

London Anime Convention 5-6 July 2014

Text and photos by Mike Sullivan The London Anime Convention is a big event which brings together a number of different elements, not just people who love anime, but also people who love gaming and more. The popularity of this event was demonstrated by the large number of attendees, everywhere people were shopping, enjoying different […]

How to use an Onsen – The Ultimate Guide

By Weini Liao As a volcanically active country, Japan has thousands of onsen (a term for hot spring in Japanese) around the country. For hundreds of years people have taken the opportunity of using these naturally hot springs to bathe themselves and relax. Today in modern Japan it is possible to enjoy both natural onsen […]

Cockpit Arts Open Studio London – Japanese Craftspeople

Text and photography by Mike Sullivan. Cockpit Arts is an award winning social enterprise and the UK’s only creative-business incubator for designer-makers. Since starting in 1986 they have helped thousands of talented craftspeople to grow their businesses, many of whom have gone on to achieve national and international success. http://www.cockpitarts.com/ Every few months Cockpit Arts […]

Terracotta Film Festival London

By Mike Sullivan Previously we discussed the Terracotta Film Festival, in particular the Japanese movies that were being shown as can be seen here. http://terracottafestival.com/ This was the fifth year that this event has taken place and we were privileged not only to attend the press event, see Japanese movies and enjoy the after-party, but […]

WWL + 1, Weave Wedge and Last Exhibition with Four Japanese Craftspeople

By Mike Sullivan. Photography by Mike Sullivan. WWL+1 featured four different Japanese craftspeople at the Craft Central Gallery London, UK, from 28th of May to the 1st of June. The event website can be viewed here: http://wwlplus.weebly.com/ Maiko Dawson works with leather producing simple yet beautiful shoes and bags, we previously interviewed her as shown […]

Interview with Yuriri Naka – Konnichiwa Brick Lane Actress

By Mike Sullivan Please introduce yourself and your background. Where in Japan is your family originally from? I was born and grew up in Tokyo. After graduating from high school in Tokyo, I moved to the UK to study drama and pursue my career as an actress. Last year you starred in the feature movie […]

When Night Turns to Day – Upcoming Movie featuring Kendo

Following on from our interview last week with New York based director Takeshi Fukunaga and the week before about the Terracotta Film Festival in London, it seems fitting to feature a third article about a movie being made called When Night Turns to Day. This film has a high cultural value as it is set […]

Interview with Takeshi Fukunaga – US based up and coming Film Director

By Mike Sullivan Please tell us about where you are from in Japan. I was born and raised in a town called, Date-Shi, in Hokkaido, Japan. How did you get into filmmaking? To simply put, it comes down to the Stanley Kubrick’s movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey. It blew my mind when I saw it […]