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Winner of Japan Journeys by Andreas Marks announced!

Winner of Japan Journeys by Andreas Marks announced!

Thank you to everyone who entered my competition for a chance to win a copy of Japan Journeys – Famous Woodblock Prints of Cultural Sights in Japan by Andreas Marks (see the review and competition post here). The winner has been selected by a random draw, and will be contacted shortly. I’m delighted to announce that the winner … Continue reading

Bonsai

Bonsai

Recently I was given a bonsai (盆栽) plant to grow… I was really excited as I’ve been wanting to have a go at growing a bonsai for a while, although I know it’s notoriously difficult. It’s a ‘kuromatsu’ (黒松) bonsai, or a ‘Japanese Black Pine’. This type of tree is native to coastal areas of … Continue reading

Kinoco Hotel (キノコホテル) – Live in Bristol!

Kinoco Hotel (キノコホテル) – Live in Bristol!

When my friend and first Japanese teacher Chika先生 sent me a message to say that Kinoco Hotel were playing live in Bristol and I should go, I knew I should. I had never heard of Kinoco Hotel (キノコホテル), but soon discovered they were a “Japanese, 1960s hotel-themed all-girl group”. Hotel-themed?! I was intrigued. It’s been a … Continue reading

Häagen-Dazs Yuzu Citrus & Cream

Häagen-Dazs Yuzu Citrus & Cream

Japan has lots of interesting ice cream flavours, and one thing I really miss is checking out the new seasonal flavours of Häagen-Dazs that used to crop up every now and then. When I was in Japan last year I tried the Spoon Vege flavours, which were actually pretty good, and I often see more … Continue reading

Yamato Taiko Drummers in Bristol

Yamato Taiko Drummers in Bristol

A couple of weeks ago I went to see Yamato, a taiko (太鼓) troupe from Japan, perform at the Hippodrome in Bristol. I’ve seen lots of taiko performances before, and I think I’ve seen Yamato perform once before in London, but I’m always excited to see another taiko performance. The show was great! They are … Continue reading