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Tony McNicol
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  • By this author: 6 Latest posted: 2017.11.30
Tony McNicol is a writer, photographer, and translator. Having spent 15 years living in Japan, he is now based in the South West of England. His work can be seen at
Sake London-Style: Britain’s First Sake Brewery2017.11.30

Lucy Holmes and Tom Wilson are the founders of Kanpai London Craft Sake, Britain’s first sake brewery. Despite only launching their pocket-sized sake start-up in February 2017, they are already garnering attention for their innovative approach to making and marketing Japan’s national drink.

Beyond the Great Wave: Hokusai’s “Deep Old Age” at the British Museum2017.08.02

Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave is an exhibition at the British Museum in London dedicated to the woodblock print artist Katsushika Hokusai. Featuring works from the last three decades of Hokusai’s remarkable career, it includes a fine early impression of the artist’s instantly recognizable Great Wave off Kanagawa, said to be the most reproduced artistic image in the world. More than a century afte…

Boys’ Love and the Bard: Brighton-Based Manga Artist Kutsuwada Chie2017.07.12

Japanese-born manga artist Kutsuwada Chie lives in Brighton and runs manga workshops for children and students around Britain. Her work spans genres from samurai legend to horror, but her passion is yaoi, which depicts romantic or sexual relationships between male characters. She is now at work on a yaoi manga adaptation of Shakespeare’s sonnets to the “Fair Youth.”

Craftsman Robert Soanes: Restorer of Samurai Armor2016.06.16

Englishman Robert Soanes specializes in the restoration and conservation of samurai armor, swords, and other Japanese antiques. visited him at his home in the English seaside resort of Brighton.

The Woman Who Took Whisky to Japan: Remembering Rita Cowan Taketsuru2014.09.18

The story of the award-winning, globally known Nikka Whisky brand all began in a small town near Glasgow, where a doctor’s daughter met an ambitious young Japanese chemist. traveled to Kirkintilloch to trace the footsteps of Rita Taketsuru.

Shunga: Japanese Erotic Art Takes London by Storm2013.11.26

Most people with even a nodding familiarity with Japanese art have marveled at the subtlety and liveliness of woodblock prints. But besides the famous scenes of rural and urban life, many of the best-known artists produced large numbers of sexually explicit pictures. Known as shunga, these works are marked by tenderness, humor, and biting satire. As a major exhibition at the British Museum draws …

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