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25th September, 2019

Defying Tradition

Geri Coady is a designer and illustrator (and, lucky for me, my wife) sharing her lifelong passion for Japanese culture, language, and travel. Today, her first exhibition opens in Tokyo.

30th May, 2019

Mutant Monster

The Bodega, Nottingham

23rd May, 2019

Hoshinoya Tokyo

Our trips to Japan tend to rest on two very distinct styles of accommodation: mostly, we’re content with Airbnb boltholes, but occasionally there’s the luxury of a five star hotel.

13th March, 2019

Bear Pond and Koffee Mameya

Despite markedly different approaches to customer service, Bear Pond and Koffee Mameya have much in common, not least their unflinching dedication to quality. When coffee reaches this level, the experience is mind-altering.

12th March, 2019

Meeting my wife for coffee

I’d agreed to meet Geri for coffee. Usually, that means a brisk walk into town, but on this occasion, she was in the future. She was 6,000 miles away.

25th February, 2019

Convenience Store Human

Thoughts on the uniqueness of the Japanese konbini, the subtle science fiction of Convenience Store Woman, and notes from a recent Q&A event featuring author Sayaka Murata and translator Ginny Tapley Takemori.

5th April, 2018

Japan 2018: Kyoto

Instagrams from our latest trip to Japan. Kyoto, 26-29 March.

4th April, 2018

Japan 2018: Hiroshima

Instagrams from our latest trip to Japan. Hiroshima, 24-26 March.

3rd April, 2018

Japan 2018: Osaka

Instagrams from our latest trip to Japan. Osaka, 21-24 March.

2nd April, 2018

Japan 2018: Tokyo

Instagrams from our latest trip to Japan. Tokyo, 17-21 and 29-31 March.

4th March, 2017

X Japan

SSE Arena, Wembley, London

17th April, 2016

Japan 2016: Tokyo

Instagrams from our first trip to Japan. Tokyo 24-29 March and 9-14 April, and Kawaguchiko 14-15 April.

10th April, 2016

Japan 2016: Kyoto

Instagrams from our first trip to Japan. Kyoto 4-9 April.

5th April, 2016

Japan 2016: Hiroshima

Instagrams from our first trip to Japan. Hiroshima, 31st March to 4th April.

1st April, 2016

Japan 2016: Osaka

Instagrams from our first trip to Japan. Osaka 30-31 March.

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