Miso Tasty!

Miso Tasty!

A little while ago I saw a competition on the Miso Tasty Facebook page to win an ‘office hamper’ and thought I’d have a go… and I only went and won! Working in an office full of Japan enthusiasts, you can imagine how excited everyone was to see this much miso soup suddenly appear on … Continue reading

She Sells Sushi

She Sells Sushi

The other week I wandered down to the Sunday market at the Tobacco Factory here in Bedminster and was delighted to find fresh sushi on sale! I had to try some of course, and was really pleased to discover that it was not only delicious, but also a little unusual. It was the aburi salmon … Continue reading

The 400th Anniversary of the English East India Company in Japan – 1613 – 2013: A Forgotten Episode in Cultural History

The 400th Anniversary of the English East India Company in Japan – 1613 – 2013: A Forgotten Episode in Cultural History

A few weeks ago I attended a free public lecture at the University of Bristol. The ‘George Hare Leonard Memorial Lecture’ was entitled ‘The 400th Anniversary of the English East India Company in Japan – 1613 – 2013: A Forgotten Episode in Cultural History’ and the speaker was the wonderful Timon Screech, Professor of the History of … Continue reading

Word of the Week: すごい

Word of the Week: すごい

It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last week we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘shi’ (し), and focussed on the phrase 失礼します (しつれいします) (shitsurei shimasu), a handy polite phrase meaning ‘excuse me’, among other things. This week I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘su’ (す). A big thank you to those who joined … Continue reading

Word of the Week: 失礼します

Word of the Week: 失礼します

It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last week we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘sa’ (さ), and focussed on the phrase 猿も木から落ちる (さるもきからおちる) (saru mo ki kara ochiru), which is a proverb meaning ‘even monkeys fall from trees’. This week I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘shi’ (し). A big thank you to those who … Continue reading

Word of the Week: 猿も木から落ちる

Word of the Week: 猿も木から落ちる

It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last week we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘ko’ (こ), and focussed on the phrase 恋の予感 (こいのよかん) (koi no yokan), which is similar to ‘love at first sight’. This week I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘sa’ (さ). A big thank you to those who … Continue reading

Mukashi Mukashi…

Mukashi Mukashi…

“Mukashi mukashi, aru tokoro ni…” (昔々あるところに。。。) – Once upon a time, long long ago… That was how my Sunday evening at Café Kino in Bristol began. I attended an event called ‘Myth and Music of Old Japan‘ by Mukashi Mukashi, a group of four musicians with one storyteller. All around the small stage in the over-crowded café … Continue reading