Sumo – a sport of giants

Sumo is a sport that has fascinated me since being a small child. Imagine watching two giant men, walk into a temple-esque arena, square each other up, prepare and pray for victory, then face each other only centimetres apart. Once knuckles have touched the ground, they launch themselves at each other with such great force…

The dangerous art of making Mochi

Ever tried Mochi…not me, but after  seeing this video today it’s certainly on the list. This video follows Mitsuo Nakatani, who have been making Mochi for 23 years in what can only be described as the fastest man in Japan! Mochi is a rice based treat that has to be pounded and folded by two…

Japan culture, art and society captured by BBC4 Japan season

If you have had the chance to watch BBC4 and their Japan season you’d have enjoyed a rich variety of documentaries profiling the soul of Japan, its culture, arts and society. From watching detailed work involved in making a traditional Kimono, the impact of the Shinto religion on this mystical country, Samurai swords, great artwork…

Japan Rugby Top League 2016-2017 Awards

In the fourteenth season of Top League, Suntory dominated the Best XV for the 2016-17 season filling six places while Yamaha and Panasonic had three spots each. Ricoh, Kobe and Kubota had one each. There were nine players making the Best XV for the first time, following on from seven debutants last year. Panasonic loosehead…

It’s Sumo time

One of the aims of the trip to the Japan Rugby World Cup is to immerse myself in Japanese culture, including theatre, music and traditional sports like Sumo. We all have a impression that Sumo is really a sport that is steep in tradition, never changing in hundreds of years, however you’d be surprised to…

Japan and their KFC love affair at Christmas!

The BBC released a fantastic article about the Japanese love affair with KFC at Christmas. Although I’d heard about it before, I thought it was some urban myth….boy was I wrong. December is a busy month for KFC in Japan – daily sales at some restaurants during the Christmas period can be 10 times their…

What are the core aims of my trip to Japan…

The trip to Japan will take about 8 days, with an expected stay in Japan lasting around 4 weeks. During my journey I hope to achieve 3 core aims…. Aims of the trip Sharing knowledge While in Japan I want to visit kidney and diabetic patients, to promote closer relationships with patients from the UK…