Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity

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.

Japan by Prefecture: A New Weekly Series

Japan by Prefecture: A New Weekly Series

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

E-Book Review: SHOYU (Japanese Soy Sauce)

E-Book Review: SHOYU (Japanese Soy Sauce)

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

Book Review: The Haiku Murder by Fran Pickering

Book Review: The Haiku Murder by Fran Pickering

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

Restaurant Review: Shoryu, London

Restaurant Review: Shoryu, London

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