Posted in February 2013

Japan in London, March and April

Japan in London, March and April

As always, there’s a lot of Japan-related stuff going on in London at the moment, especially with the anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami coming up on March 11th. Here’s a quick list of a few things that I’m particularly interested in. This isn’t meant to be a comprehensive guide though! If … Continue reading

Kekkon: Japanese Wedding Costumes

Kekkon: Japanese Wedding Costumes

I went to a fascinating talk at Asia House the other night called Kekkon: Japanese Wedding Costumes (‘kekkon’ (結婚) means ‘marriage’). The event was part of a series of events exploring the themes of love and marriage in an Asian context through theatre, literature, discussion, dance and music. The main speaker at the event was Suzanne Perrin, Cultural … Continue reading

A to Wa of Japan: Week 8

A to Wa of Japan: Week 8

It’s time for A to Wa of Japan again! Last week’s post was about things beginning with か (ka) and we looked at Kamikochi (上高地). This week we are looking at things beginning with き (ki). A big thank you to everyone who joined in with suggestions this week: AK suggested kimono (着物) and kinako (黄粉 / roasted soybean flour); Japan … Continue reading

Introducing: Sozai Cooking School

Introducing: Sozai Cooking School

One of my missions on this blog is to try out Japanese recipes, with the hope of proving to myself and to you that cooking Japanese food is not difficult, and can be really fun. I’ve had a lot of success so far, and am starting to get more creative with my dishes now. Japanese … Continue reading

Monthly Recipe: Mount Fuji

Monthly Recipe: Mount Fuji

Back in January I received a new cookery book – Yo! Sushi – The Japanese Cookbook by Kimiko Barber – and I asked you all which recipe I should make first. Thank you to everyone who voted! Here are the results of the poll: As you can see, the clear winner was… Mount Fuji! I … Continue reading

A to Wa of Japan: Week 7

A to Wa of Japan: Week 7

It’s time for A to Wa of Japan again! Last week’s post was about things beginning with お (o) and we looked at the honorific お, oshibori (おしぼり) and Otsuka Ai (大塚愛). This week we are looking at things beginning with か (ka). A big thank you to everyone who joined in with suggestions this week: Zooming Japan suggested Kagoshima City (鹿児島市), Kagoshima … Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss

Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss

Sometimes I like to take part in the WordPress weekly photo challenges, especially when I feel particularly inspired by a theme. The theme this week is ‘kiss‘, chosen of course for Valentine’s Day. I’m not the biggest fan of Valentine’s Day, but this theme instantly brought to mind an amusing photo I took with my … Continue reading

The Woodsman & the Rain – A film by Shuichi Okita

The Woodsman & the Rain – A film by Shuichi Okita

The Woodsman & the Rain (Kitsutsuki to Ame / キツツキと雨), directed and written by Shuichi Okita (screenplay by Fumio Moriya) is a heart-warming and funny tale of an unlikely friendship. When we first see 60 -year old Katsu (played by Koji Yakusho) he is hard at work felling trees in the small, peaceful mountain village where he lives … Continue reading