Posted in November 2012

Weekly Shiritori #47

Weekly Shiritori #47

Last week’s post was about Amanohashidate (あまのはしだて / 天橋立), so this week I need to start with て (te). A big thank you to everyone who joined in and played the game, especially ZoomingJapan with Tenoji (天王寺) in Osaka, Tenkawa (天川) in Nara and tempura (天ぷら), JayDee also with Tennoji in Osaka (and Tennoji Park), tengu (天狗), which are supernatural creatures, and Tennou (天皇), which … Continue reading

Introducing: Akari Mochizuki

Introducing: Akari Mochizuki

Akari Mochizuki (望月あかり), formerly known as Alika Mochida, is without a doubt the most active female Japanese enka (演歌) singer in the UK. She seems to crop up at pretty much every Japanese event, often with the ‘shamazing’ Hibiki Ichikawa, and never fails to entertain. Her brand new CD contains two songs, plus the karaoke versions … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #46

Weekly Shiritori #46

Last week’s post was about Shisa (シーサー), so this week I need to start with あ(a), which confused a lot of you playing along! Shisa is written シーサー in katakana, but that’s しいさあin hiragana (or shiisaa in romaji), so you have to count the extra あ at the end. A big thank you to everyone … Continue reading

Remembrance Sunday – 611 days later

Remembrance Sunday – 611 days later

It was a lucky coincidence that Tsunami, 611 days later, an event organised by TERP London and Sakura Front to remind people about the events of 11th March 2011 in Japan, fell on Remembrance Sunday. Today, instead of a poppy, I wore my white Sakura Front brooch. (Image: Sakura Front) Today’s event, held at SOAS’s … Continue reading

Making macarons with On Cookery School

Making macarons with On Cookery School

As I’ve said on this blog many times before, I like cooking but I don’t claim to be particularly good at it. So, when I was invited to participate in a macaron making class at On Cafe’s On Cookery School, in South London, I was hesitant that I would fail, but hopeful that I would learn … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #45

Weekly Shiritori #45

Last week’s post was about chirashizushi (ちらしずし / ちらし寿司), so this week I need to start with し (shi). A big thank you to everyone who joined in this week - JapanAustralia with Shiga (滋賀) and Shirakawa-go (白川郷), lovelycomplex with film director Sion (Shion) Sono (園 子温) and ZoomingJapan with Shingu (新宮) (I assume you mean Shingu in Wakayama and not the one in … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #44

Weekly Shiritori #44

Last week’s post was about shakuhachi (しゃくはち / 尺八), so this week I need to start with ち (chi). A big thank you to everyone who joined in this week - JapanAustralia with Chichibu Tama Kai National Park (秩父多摩甲斐国立公園) which I’m afraid I can’t choose because it ends with ん and Chiri-hama (千里浜), a beach in Hakui famous as Japan’s … Continue reading

Hyper Japan 2012 Christmas – coming soon!

Hyper Japan 2012 Christmas – coming soon!

Yes, it’s November already, Christmas decorations are starting to appear, and I even heard Christmas music being played in a shop today. I can’t believe how fast this year is going, but there is one good thing about that – it’s almost time for Hyper Japan 2012 Christmas! Hyper Japan 2012 Christmas is being held … Continue reading