Tagged with Takeda Shingen

Take me to… the Shingen-Ko Festival!

Take me to… the Shingen-Ko Festival!


The samurai is a subject of Japanese history that continues to fascinate me, and the mere mention of doing something or going somewhere with a samurai connection will inevitably get me excited. In 2015, my friend and I ventured to Sendai in the Miyagi Prefecture largely to sate my obsession with Date Masamune (I blame … Continue reading

Blog’s Best of 2013


So, 2013’s been pretty busy! Lots of events were attended, shows were watched, videos were edited and guest bloggers came to the rescue. There are a lot of people I want to thank; prize providers, guest bloggers, everyone else who helped put content together in some way and, of course, the readers. I wanted to … Continue reading

Shingen-ko Matsuri


Kofu is at the top of my ‘to visit’ list next time I’m in Japan, which will hopefully be next year! With any luck I’ll be able to coincide a stop to this city in Yamanashi Prefecture with the fantastic-looking Shingen-ko Matsuri. The festival The Shingen-ko Matsuri is held in Kofu in early April, and … Continue reading

Kagemusha – a film by Akira Kurosawa


  NB: Some of my earliest blogs no longer have their accompanying images but enjoy the copy! If you’re a Japanese film fan, you’ve probably watched some Akira Kurosawa films or, at the very least, heard of him. Some of his most famous films include ‘Seven Samurai’ and ‘Rashomon’ and I highly recommend you watch … Continue reading

Stats, sex and samurai


NB: Some of my earliest blogs no longer have their accompanying images but enjoy the copy! I’ve been keeping an eye on my stats for a while now and learning how people come across the blog in the first place. In short, some of you have weird tastes. I thought I’d share some of the … Continue reading

Kofu shout out!


NB: Some of my earliest blogs no longer have their accompanying images but enjoy the copy! Well, now that I am officially employed (hurrah!) the blog posts are definitely going to be shorter … at least for a few weeks whilst I balance it out with my ongoing eBay clearout. I’m doing something different this … Continue reading

Week 21: Snow, dragons and nostalgia


NB: Some of my earliest blogs no longer have their accompanying images but enjoy the copy! It’s a bit of a miracle I managed to post on time this week. I’ve had three job interviews to prepare for so was very busy with those. On top of that, what normally would have been a direct … Continue reading

Week 15: Win a book!


NB: Some of my earliest blogs no longer have their accompanying images but enjoy the copy! You may have seen this video floating around on my Facebook and Twitter for a few days. I am running a Q&A session and a winner will randomly chosen to win a copy of The Otaku Encyclopaedia. Questions will … Continue reading

Week 13


NB: Some of my earliest blogs no longer have their accompanying images but enjoy the copy! We’re back to the regular feature structure! I hope you enjoyed the last two weeks, as they were done completely differently due to workload and events I happened to go to. I will also be doing a special report … Continue reading