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Haikugirl’s Japan: 2015 in Review

Haikugirl’s Japan: 2015 in Review

Welcome to 2016! It’s hard to believe 2015 is over already – it absolutely flew by! Haikugirl’s Japan has now been running for 8 years and 7 months, and I’ve written a total of 1,318 posts! In 2015 my blog was viewed about 180,000 times, and overall Haikugirl’s Japan has been viewed around 775,000 times! That’s quite mad, isn’t it? … Continue reading

Book Review: Kai by Derek Vasconi

Book Review: Kai by Derek Vasconi

The bastard child of Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 and Stephen King’s Carrie, Kai explores how one innocent girl becomes the target of enormous rage living inside another girl-who is seemingly from another world. Satsuki Takamoto is an invisible otaku teenager in Hiroshima. The only thing she has going for her is the upcoming birth of her … Continue reading

Latest kokeshi addition

Latest kokeshi addition

Introducing the latest addition to my kokeshi doll family… My friend rescued this kokeshi for me from the internet as an early birthday present. She’s absolutely gorgeous, but I don’t know anything about her origin. She has a slight wonkiness about her, which I like. The head was separate and just slots on with a … Continue reading

Chimasu: Oriental Snacks By Post

Chimasu: Oriental Snacks By Post

I was recently contacted by the nice people at Chimasu asking me if I would like to sample one of their oriental snack boxes. Of course, I said yes! Om nom nom. Chimasu.com was started by two friends who loved the snacks they discovered whilst travelling in East Asia and wanted to share the joy with … Continue reading

Japan Matsuri 2015

Japan Matsuri 2015

Last weekend I went to London for the annual Japan Matsuri in Trafalgar Square. The Japan Matsuri is now in its 7th year, and I have to say it wasn’t one of the best years I’ve experienced. There were some good acts, but there was nothing I personally thought was that outstanding. Still, I stayed for … Continue reading

Monthly Recipe: Yuzu Cake

Monthly Recipe: Yuzu Cake

Compared with last month’s sushi cupcakes, the appearance of this month’s recipe is a bit of a let down, but it tastes good, and really that’s all that matters! This month I decided to make a Yuzu Cake. Yuzu (ユズ) is an East Asian citrus fruit, and in Japanese cuisine it is most commonly known … Continue reading