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Your chance to win signed copies of ‘The Shogun’s Queen’ – Lesley Downer’s acclaimed new Japanese novel!

21st November 2016

shoguns-queenThis month we have a fabulous first prize – and two great runner up prizes – in our competition. The first prize is a hard-backed signed copy of The Shogun’s Queen, Lesley Downer’s acclaimed new Japanese historical novel, plus a geisha’s bag, plus an adult colouring-in book of 100 exquisite Japanese designs. The two runner up prizes are hard-backed signed copies of the same book.

Lesley’s signature over the Shogun’s gold seal on the first page of your prize!

The Shogun’s Queen is the 1850s story of a young woman from the backwaters of Satsuma. She is given by her father as a daughter to a noble Lord, and then groomed to become the wife of the current Shogun. She is clever and politically successful. ‘A clever woman never lets a man know how clever she is…’ 

This is a beautiful story, rich in period detail, and set against the backdrop of the country. It is meticulously researched, and an essential accompaniment for any trip to Japan. Read more about the book on this link.

To enter the competition all you have to do is write in the Comments Box below the name of the one Japanese city you would most like to visit. It’s that easy!

The competition close at midnight UK time on Tuesday 29th November, and the winner will be the first name out of the hat on Wednesday 30th…

The best of luck!

The TripFiction Team

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  1. User: Jessica

    Posted on: 01/12/2016 at 9:11 am

    Thank you so much, Still can’t believe I am one of the lucky winners.


  2. User: tripfiction

    Posted on: 30/11/2016 at 8:41 pm

    The winner of the competition is Kate Frost, and the two runners up are Simon Dodd and Jessica.

    Congratulations to all!


  3. User: Jan Hicks

    Posted on: 29/11/2016 at 3:02 pm

    I’d like to visit Beppu on Kyushu, to see the jigoku!


  4. User: Gideon Garratt

    Posted on: 25/11/2016 at 8:37 pm

    Tokyo the hustle and bustle


  5. User: Susan Dunbar

    Posted on: 25/11/2016 at 3:47 pm



  6. User: Barbara Douka

    Posted on: 25/11/2016 at 3:27 pm

    Tokyo definitely!


  7. User: Niki Sieling

    Posted on: 25/11/2016 at 2:41 pm

    I would love to experience a tea ceremony in a pavilion in Kyoto during the cherry blossom festival, it’s been a great source of inspiration for many of my drawings & paintings but my only research source is photographs from the Internet. I hope to experience it myself one day. All those colours & history.


  8. User: Janice Clint Atkinson

    Posted on: 25/11/2016 at 2:17 pm

    I would love to visit Sapporo and take my teenage son who is obsessed with anything to do with manga x


  9. User: Siân Nolan

    Posted on: 22/11/2016 at 3:50 pm

    I would love to visit Japan, I’m a bead artist and use wonderful Japanese beads in my work. I’d love to visit the Miyuki bead factory in Hiroshima ….also Kyoto and Tokyo of course!


  10. User: Eamonn Sheehy

    Posted on: 22/11/2016 at 2:46 pm

    Hiroshima for me please


  11. User: Judy McHattie

    Posted on: 22/11/2016 at 1:36 am

    Would love to visit Tokoyo and Kyoto. Love Japanese art and food.


  12. User: Judy McHattie

    Posted on: 22/11/2016 at 1:35 am

    Would love to visit Kyoto and Tokoyo


  13. User: mary dahl

    Posted on: 22/11/2016 at 12:44 am

    Takayama it is for me.


  14. User: Lana Hood

    Posted on: 22/11/2016 at 12:04 am

    I would visit Kyoto at cherry blossom time.


  15. User: Simon Dodd

    Posted on: 21/11/2016 at 11:11 pm



  16. User: Sunita Thind

    Posted on: 21/11/2016 at 9:46 pm

    Kyoto to see the stunning cherry blossom treees


  17. User: Jessica

    Posted on: 21/11/2016 at 9:20 pm

    I’d love to visit Tokyo 🙂


  18. User: Kate Frost

    Posted on: 21/11/2016 at 8:04 pm

    I’m another one for Kyoto and its cherry blossom trees. 🙂


  19. User: Robin Dawon

    Posted on: 21/11/2016 at 5:57 pm

    I’d love to visit Kyoto.


  20. User: Rebecca Stonehill

    Posted on: 21/11/2016 at 5:20 pm

    Ooooh let me think….Kyoto I reckon! Thanks for a great competition 🙂


  21. User: Jodi Posner

    Posted on: 21/11/2016 at 4:56 pm

    I would love to see Kobe to visit the shrine where a great uncle’s remains are located.


  22. User: Debra Sams

    Posted on: 21/11/2016 at 3:18 pm



  23. User: Annie

    Posted on: 21/11/2016 at 2:43 pm

    Takamatsu 😀


  24. User: june seghni

    Posted on: 21/11/2016 at 2:39 pm

    I would love to take my 12 year old to Tokyo. She is currently learning Japanese at school and is obsessed byt all things Japanese.I was lucky enough to spend a year in Yokohama in the late eighties and she is jealous!


  25. User: Anne Allen

    Posted on: 21/11/2016 at 2:24 pm

    I would love to visit Kyoto -preferably when the cherry blossom is in flower.


  26. User: Adele

    Posted on: 21/11/2016 at 2:14 pm

    Id love to visit Kyoto especially at a time when the leaves are at their most glorious reds and browns.


  27. User: Annegret

    Posted on: 21/11/2016 at 1:59 pm

    I would like to visit Tokyo!


  28. User: Sara Hill

    Posted on: 21/11/2016 at 1:47 pm

    I would like to visit Takayama as it is surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the northern Alps and is a traditional town with a charming old-world atmosphere and fine Edo-period architecture. Friends have visited and said all of Japan was wonderful.


  29. User: Raquel M.

    Posted on: 21/11/2016 at 1:28 pm

    I would love to visit Tokyo.


  30. User: Juliet Wilson

    Posted on: 21/11/2016 at 12:55 pm

    I have to agree with Claire above – Kyoto during cherry blossom season!


  31. User: Claire Harris

    Posted on: 21/11/2016 at 12:41 pm

    Kyoto, during cherry blossom season! 🙂


  32. User: Annie Thomas

    Posted on: 21/11/2016 at 12:37 pm

    Kyoto – we were lucky enough to visit there last year and it was a great city – wonderful temples, fascinating culture in the Geiko area, an amazing food market, friendly people and fabulous restaurants. If I could only go one place in Japan ever again, kyoto would be it.


  33. User: Jess dimovski

    Posted on: 21/11/2016 at 12:24 pm

    I would love to see Kyoto


  34. User: Julie Ryan

    Posted on: 21/11/2016 at 12:16 pm



  35. User: Irena

    Posted on: 21/11/2016 at 11:57 am

    I would love to visit Kyoto.


  36. User: K J Alexander

    Posted on: 21/11/2016 at 11:57 am

    I would love to visit Temple of the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto, I think it looks amazing and would be a once in a lifetime experience


  37. User: Eddie ratcliffe

    Posted on: 21/11/2016 at 11:42 am



  38. User: Lisa O'Hara

    Posted on: 21/11/2016 at 11:41 am



  39. User: Jill Doyle

    Posted on: 21/11/2016 at 11:24 am

    I’d like to visit Kyoto.


  40. User: Jessica Norrie

    Posted on: 21/11/2016 at 11:22 am

    Sapporo – we “did” parts of the south this year, now I’d like to see the North.


  41. User: Mariasole Paduos

    Posted on: 21/11/2016 at 11:20 am

    Kyoto, mainly for one of the world’s best bookshop there! Keibunsya


  42. User: Bee

    Posted on: 21/11/2016 at 11:14 am

    All those cities where I can be surrounded by the beautiful Cherry blossom trees.


  43. User: Grass monster

    Posted on: 21/11/2016 at 11:11 am

    Got to be Tokyo


  44. User: Alice Allan

    Posted on: 21/11/2016 at 11:10 am

    I would love to visit Sapporo in the far North of Japan to see the lit-up ice sculptures during the yuki-matsuri snow festival.


  45. User: Jacqui Rennie

    Posted on: 21/11/2016 at 11:10 am

    I would like to visit the art city of Naoshima.


  46. User: Suzanne Cordatos

    Posted on: 21/11/2016 at 11:05 am

    I want to visit Takayama!


  47. User: Outi Coutts

    Posted on: 21/11/2016 at 10:38 am

    I would love to visit Kyoto.