East Side Stories: Otakus in Love

Otakus In Love and Love Strikes! were recently part of the East Side Stories touring film festival by the Japan foundation at the ICA London and other locations. Where: ICA London/ Belfast/Bristol/Dundee/Edinburgh/Newcastle upon Tyne/Nottingham/SheffieldWhen: 31 January to 27 March 2014Website: http://www.jpf-film.org.uk/[rating=7] Otakus in love (Koi no Mon) follow’s tramp, or more accurately low maintenance Mon […]

Kawaii corner: Kekiko

Photo by Caroline Mound Photography I asked the founder of the company Amy Leung why she chose pandas. “Pandas are my all time favourite animal. They are cute, huggable and just adorable fluffy creatures. This is why I chose to have them as my mascots. So far I have a girl panda, Keki, and a […]

Mayamada: Anime Inspired Clothing Winter Range

If you’re a regular Anime Picks reader you are no stranger to the urban anime Japanese fashion brand mayamada, who organise events, have made their own comic and much more. The UK’s newest anime inspired clothing brand have released their new winter collection of t-shirts and sweatshirts for preorder. The collection includes the brand’s mix of […]

Japanese Food & Snack Spotlight: Tofu Cute

After seeing Tofu Cute’s cute side, we discovered at MCM Expo that owner expanded the brand to house a huge assortment of cute Japanese food, snacks and drinks. Below are some of our favourites. Food: Meiji Mini Tube – Coffeebeat Chocolate Coffeebeat from famous Japanese confectionery company Meiji is a must-try for all coffee lovers. […]

  • Japanese Culture
  • What is Purikura?

    Purikura or ‘photo sticker’ machines are a special type of photo booth that produce photo stickers. Jointly developed by Atlus and Sega, the first Purikura machines were sold in July 1995. Still going strong in Japan they have spread throughout Asia to Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Germany and […]

  • Food
  • What is Bubble Tea?

    Bubble tea has been around in its place of origin(Taiwan) since the 1980s but only recently has it made its way into UK high streets. Many of us are starting to see specialist bubble tea shops, or our current East Asian shops starting to sell the drink. In particular London has taken upon this trend, […]

    WOTA Night! Living up to the Hype

    With a month of hype surrounding the return of the WOTA clubbing event, I went with a open mind and fully charged camera for come what may and I really didn’t know what to expect apart from the same lovely venue used for Japan Underground. With new management in charge, Chris Zwierzynski took over and made […]

    Guest writing for Alafista !

    On 20th August I found out I was chosen to be guest writer for the J-culture website Alafista 🙂 After a friend showed me a link to the post ‘Looking for Guest writers’ I thought why not and persisted to apply, even though the contact box was not working, I even added the founder on […]

    Double Eyelids: The Japanese Controversial Fad

    The “double-eyelid” or “futae mabuta” in Japan is more than just a fashion trend, after looking at the importance of fashion tribes – you’ve guessed it – the double eyelid holds a deeper meaning too. This is literally a Japanese woman wanting to look aesthetically like another ethnicity, crossing these cultural boundaries can be read […]

    Japanese Street Fashion Tribes: Gals & Kogal

    Japanese street fashion. Everyone around the world look in awe of the mash up of colours, styles and makeup, behind the heavy layers there are many theories and tribes are definitely formed. Several are linked to actual issues connected to the society we live in – to do with war, crime, violence, addiction to fashion, […]