This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is on the theme of ‘Serenity‘, and the topic instantly made me think of a photo I took whilst I was in Tokyo last year at Zojoji temple. This little Jizo dude is just so serene, and not at all phased by the chaos of Tokyo all around him.
Welcome to ‘Japan by Prefecture‘ – a new weekly series here on Haikugirl’s Japan. I contemplated calling the series ‘Do you ken?’ as a play on words (‘ken’ meaning ‘know’ in Scottish dialect and ‘prefecture’ in Japanese, 県), but I thought that might be a bit confusing. So, I’ve stuck with a nice simple title … Continue reading
SHOYU (Japanese Soy Sauce), an e-book published by Airy Rhyme, Inc., is one of a series of e-books about traditional Japanese culture. The series aims to introduce traditional items and skills deeply rooted in Japan, and so far consists of three titles: TENUGI (Japanese Hand Towels) , SHOYU (Japanese Soy Sauce) and WASHI (Japanese Paper). This series … Continue reading
I think I owe Fran Pickering a public apology for having her book, The Haiku Murder, for such a long time and only just getting around to posting a review. Sorry Fran! I actually finished reading this page-turner before Christmas, but you know how time flies! Here’s a synopsis of The Haiku Murder, the latest … Continue reading
When I headed back to my mum’s house for Christmas, she had a surprise for me. We met in Chichester and, before driving to Bognor Regis we made a bit of a detour… to Portsmouth! Tofu Cute, one of my HYPER JAPAN favourites, have just opened their first physical shop and it happens to be … Continue reading
When I lived in London the ICN Gallery in Shoreditch was hands-down my favourite gallery. Around the same time I left London, the gallery closed down. It felt like the end of an era in many respects, but in a way I was glad that I wouldn’t have to miss out on all of their … Continue reading
Shoryu, the tonkotsu ramen restaurant in London, originally launched in November 2012, but it’s taken me until now to check it out. Actually, there are now three Shoryu branches and one take out shop, but I visited the one on Denman Street, just round the corner from the Japan Centre. The restaurant in Soho is … Continue reading
Back in December, on my birthday, I took myself to London for the day and decided to go and see SIRO-A at the Leicester Square Theatre. I’ve seen them before at the theatre, and a number of times at HYPER JAPAN, but couldn’t resist seeing them one more time! SIRO-A have been dubbed ‘Japan’s answer … Continue reading