Word of the Week: めんどくさい

Word of the Week: めんどくさい

It’s time for Word of the Week again (a little early this week as I have plans this weekend that don’t involve blogging)! Last time we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘mu’ (む), focussing on 昔々 (mukashi mukashi), which means ‘once upon a time’. This week I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘me’ … Continue reading

Japan 2014: Naruko Onsen (Part 2)

Japan 2014: Naruko Onsen (Part 2)

Continuing on from my Naruko Onsen (Part 1) post, I’m finally back with Part 2! (Sorry it’s taking me forever to write up my Japan adventures!) On Wednesday 28th May, I woke up relaxed and refreshed in Naruko Onsen (鳴子温泉) and ate the most amazing breakfast at the Taishokan (大正館) ryokan. The food there was just so good – … Continue reading

Word of the Week: 昔々

Word of the Week: 昔々

It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last time we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘mi’ (み), focussing on みそ (miso), not the soup, but looking at the other ways in which the word is used. This week I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘mu’ (む). A big thank you for … Continue reading

Japan400 Plymouth: Sun, Sea & Saris

Japan400 Plymouth: Sun, Sea & Saris

Last weekend I took myself off for a mini break in Plymouth. I’d never been to Plymouth before, and might not have considered it as a place worth visiting had it not been for Japan400 Plymouth which was taking place that weekend. As it turned out, Plymouth is a jolly nice place and I’m very … Continue reading

Word of the Week: みそ

Word of the Week: みそ

It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last time we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘ma’ (ま), focussing on まずい / 不味い (mazui), a word which refers to something that tastes bad or sucks. This week I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘mi’ (み). A big thank you for the suggestions this week: Japan … Continue reading

Japan 2014: Naruko Onsen (Part 1)

Japan 2014: Naruko Onsen (Part 1)

On Tuesday 27th May my Tohoku adventure continued. Just before midday I left Yamagata Station on the Tsubasa shinkansen and travelled north to Shinjo. At Shinjo I changed to the JR Rikku East Line, a local line with small trains full of character. My destination? Naruko Onsen (鳴子温泉). The journey to Naruko was simply gorgeous. The … Continue reading

Word of the Week: 不味い

Word of the Week: 不味い

It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last time we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘ho’ (ほ), focussing on ほめる / 褒める (homeru), meaning ‘to praise’ or ‘to admire’. This week I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘ma’ (ま). A big thank you for the suggestions this week: Japan Australia suggested ‘maamaa’ … Continue reading