JLPT Success!

JLPT Success!

As you’ll know if you’re a regular reader of this blog, back in July I took the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) level N4. It was difficult, and I didn’t feel very confident after taking the test, but today the scores were released and… ☆★☆I passed!!!☆★☆ It was such a relief to know that all … Continue reading

Japan 2014: Kamikochi

Japan 2014: Kamikochi

I’ve never been much of one for hiking and the outdoors, but that all changed on May 17th when I visited Kamikochi (上高地). Taking a much-needed weekend off from my work duties in Japan, I met my friend and we travelled together to Kamikochi for a spot of hiking and fresh air. I think it … Continue reading

Japan 2014: Takayama

Japan 2014: Takayama

I’ve been spending the bank holiday weekend here in the UK trying to catch up with life. I still have hundreds of photos to edit and upload, but I’m making progress. Today I’ve reached 16th May, which was the day I left my tour group behind and made my way to Takayama (高山) by myself. It … Continue reading

Word of the Week: 裸の付き合い

Word of the Week: 裸の付き合い

It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last time we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘no’ (の), and focussed on the word 飲みニケーション (nominication), meaning ‘communication through drinking’. This week I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘ha’ (は). A big thank you to the one person who joined in with their … Continue reading

Japan 2014: Jigokudani and the Japanese Macaques

Japan 2014: Jigokudani and the Japanese Macaques

On May 15th, I paid my second visit to the Japanese macaques at Jigokudani Monkey Park (地獄谷野猿公苑) in Yamanouchi (山ノ内) near Yudanaka Onsen (湯田中温泉) in Nagano Prefecture (長野県) (read about my first visit in 2011 here). Famously known as ‘snow monkeys’, I wondered if the monkeys would be as appealing without the snow. They were! To … Continue reading

Product Review: Yunomi.us

Product Review: Yunomi.us

  Yunomi.us is “a new online marketplace offering tea and knowledge from artisan Japanese tea farmers, tea masters, and tea ware artists”, and recently they got in touch with me to see if I would like to have a taste. Their website is beautiful and inviting, and I must say I quite enjoyed myself whilst … Continue reading

Word of the Week: 飲みニケーション

Word of the Week: 飲みニケーション

It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last time we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘ne’ (ね), and focussed on words and phrases using the word ねこ (cat). This week I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘no’ (の). A big thank you to the one person who joined in with … Continue reading

Japan 2014: A Night in Nagano

Japan 2014: A Night in Nagano

On 14th May I spent one night in Nagano with the tour group I was travelling with for work. I’d been to Nagano before and visited its famous temple Zenkoji (善光) in March 2011, but I was still excited to go back. We stayed right by Zenkoji in a shukubo (temple lodging) called Zenkoji Tokugyobou. … Continue reading