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APRIL BOOK GIVEAWAYS! Win stunning Japanese design book 'WA'.  PLUS 3 copies of riveting account of Tohoku diaster 'Strong in the Rain'.
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Kensington Gardens, London in April - Cherry Blossom

Welcome to our April newsletter... 

The cherry blossom is out in London!  That can only mean one thing: HANAMI!  Enjoy chatting in English & Japanese under drifting petals, nibbling sushi and guzzling Asahi (take your own picnic along & share with others!).  There are 2 events this weekend to make the most of the sakura before it fades.
  • The London Japanese Language Meetup Group Hanami from 1pm on Saturday 12th April, Regents Park (directions on meetup site here). Also have an after party, 'Lancheeky', as people often like to continue the socialising after the picnic!
  • Japanese Conversation Group Hanami - popular annual Hanami party in Kensington Gardens, under the cherry trees close to the Albert Memorial, from around 1pm on Sunday 13th April.
Other awesome upcoming events include:
Recent articles on the JapaneseLondon.com website include: where to My3Dtwin Review: Big (but Tiny) in London, and Hello Kitty Secret Garden Coming to Drusillas Park!
 
In this edition we've got 2 cool new books in our draw: read on!

Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu!
Vanessa Villalobos
Creator - JapaneseLondon.com

WA: Japanese Design

Japanese London has teamed up with Phaidon Press to offer its readers a chance to win a copy of 'Wa:The Essence of Japanese Design', worth £49.95.

The authors, Rossella Menegazzo and Stefania Piotti, explore the beauty, essence and enduring impact of Japanese design over the centuries, through 250 key objects, ranging from calligraphy brushes and traditional lacquered bento boxes to Isumu Noguchi's paper lamps and other modern classics.

Visit the Phaidon website's picture gallery for a sneak preview of the stunning image. 

Printed on craft paper and bound in the traditional Japanese style, the book is a beautiful and collectable object in its own right. To enter, please….'like' the JapaneseLondon.com page on facebook and send a message (NOT post on the wall - I can't reply!).

*Winners will be notified via reply to their facebook message.  If you don't receive a message, please assume you have not been successful.

'My3Dtwin' Figurine

Already popular in Japan, 3D figurine printing is a new technology now here in London.  Levavo, London’s first shop of its kind, is conveniently tucked behind Liverpool Street Station on Leyden Street. 

I’d seen a member of SMAP get a 3D figurine of himself on TV, but I never thought 3D printing would be something I could experience for myself – until Levavo kindly invited me along to get a full colour, lifelike printed ‘My3Dtwin‘!

I particularly recommend a ‘mini me’ figurine to cosplayers, kimono wearers, or anyone who has a splendid outfit that they’d love to capture in all its splendour for all prosperity.

Click here to read the full article about 'My3Dtwin' full colour lifelike 3D printed figurines, or visit the Levavo website for more info!
Click here to enter FREE book giveaways - click here to enter on facebook! (don't forget to tell us which tickets you fancy!)

Strong in the Rain

Blending history, science, and gripping storytelling, Strong in the Rain brings the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Japan in 2011 and its immediate aftermath to life through the eyes of the men and women who experienced it.
  
Following the narratives of six individuals, the book traces the shape of a disaster and the heroics it prompted. This is a touching account of how the Japanese experienced one of the worst earthquakes in history and endured its horrific consequences.
 
More information on the title can be found online at http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=691903.

JapaneseLondon.com has a 3 FREE copies for readers!  To enter the draw, please 'like' the JapaneseLondon.com page on facebook and send a message (NOT post on the wall - I can't reply!).
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