Japan 2014: Kamaishi

Japan 2014: Kamaishi

I know, I know… I really need to get these posts finished! I’m not quite sure where the year has gone, but back in June I was exploring Kamaishi (釜石) in Iwate Prefecture (岩手県) and now it’s about time I told you about it. Kamaishi was not a place I had heard of until 2011, … Continue reading

Word of the Week: レベルアップする

Word of the Week: レベルアップする

It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last time we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘ru’ (る), focussing on  ルンルン (runrun), which means ‘happy’ or ‘bouncy’. This week, I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘re’ (れ). A big thank you for the suggestions I received this week: Kei suggested ‘reberu appu suru’ (レベルアップする), … Continue reading

Word of the Week: ルンルン

Word of the Week: ルンルン

It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last time we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘ri’ (り), focussing on リア充 (riaju), which means something like ‘real lifer'; one who has a satisfying and full real life, as opposed to their online life. This week, I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘ru’ (る). A … Continue reading

Autumn in Kyoto Garden

Autumn in Kyoto Garden

Last weekend in amongst all the craziness of HYPER JAPAN I decided to take a few moments of peace for myself and visit Kyoto Garden in Holland Park. Despite having lived in London for a number of years, I had never made it to Holland Park, so this was my first time to visit the … Continue reading

Word of the Week: リア充

Word of the Week: リア充

It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last time we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘yo’ (よ), focussing on よろしくお願いします (yoroshiku onegaishimasu), which is a uniquely Japanese phrase that is quite hard to translate. Often it is translated as ‘please be kind to me (as I will be to you)’, but there’s more to it … Continue reading

HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market 2014

HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market 2014

Last weekend saw an explosion of J-culture in London at the HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market 2014. Smaller than the event in the summer, but still just as fun, the Christmas Market’s main focus was on shopping. Olympia in London was packed with stalls on both levels, selling everything from adorable squishy things to kawaii fashion, delicious … Continue reading

Word of the Week: よろしくお願いします

Word of the Week: よろしくお願いします

It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last time we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘yu’ (ゆ), focussing on 指切りする / ゆびきりする (yubikiri suru), which is like a ‘pinkie swear’. This week I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘yo’ (よ). A big thank you for the suggestions I received this week: Japan … Continue reading