Japan 2014: Hiraizumi

Japan 2014: Hiraizumi

Has it really been almost 5 months since I woke up in Naruko Onsen after two peaceful nights and set off on the next part of my adventure? Time flies, doesn’t it? I really must get a wriggle on and finish sharing all these stories! So, it was 29th May and, after a delicious breakfast … Continue reading

Book Review: The Roads to Sata by Alan Booth

Book Review: The Roads to Sata by Alan Booth

Having recently devoured Lesley Downer’s On the Narrrow Road to the Deep North someone, and I’m afraid I can’t remember who (but I owe them thanks!) recommended I read The Roads to Sata by Alan Booth. Published in 1985, The Roads to Sata is the story of Alan Booth’s epic 2000 mile walk through Japan, from Cape … Continue reading

Word of the Week: やだ

Word of the Week: やだ

It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last time we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘mo’ (も), focussing on もったいない (mottainai), which means ‘wasteful’. This week I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘ya’ (や). A big thank you for the few suggestions I received this week: Japan Australia suggested ‘yabai’ (やばい), an … Continue reading

Monthly Recipe: Soy Sauce Toffee Apple Crumble

Monthly Recipe: Soy Sauce Toffee Apple Crumble

EDIT: This recipe was a runner up in the Kikkoman Blogger Recipe Challenge! As promised, here is my second creation for the ‘Kikkoman Best Blogger Recipe Competition’. As with my Spicy Soy Sauce Fish Pie, I decided to take a British classic and give it a Kikkoman twist. With this dish, I also wanted to do … Continue reading

Monthly Recipe: Spicy Soy Sauce Fish Pie

Monthly Recipe: Spicy Soy Sauce Fish Pie

Kikkoman, the soy sauce makers, are currently running a ‘Kikkoman Best Blogger Recipe Competition’ and I thought it would be a bit of fun to enter. In fact, I got so carried away that I have decided to create two entries, and this is the first. The remit is to create a non-oriental ‘one pot’ or … Continue reading

Word of the Week: もったいない

Word of the Week: もったいない

It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last time we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘me’ (め), focussing on めんどくさい (mendokusai), which means ‘troublesome’ or ‘bothersome’. This week I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘mo’ (も). A big thank you for the suggestions this week: Rockin’ suggested ‘moteru’ (モテる), ‘popular'; and ‘motemote’ (モテモテ), … Continue reading

Word of the Week: めんどくさい

Word of the Week: めんどくさい

It’s time for Word of the Week again (a little early this week as I have plans this weekend that don’t involve blogging)! Last time we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘mu’ (む), focussing on 昔々 (mukashi mukashi), which means ‘once upon a time’. This week I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘me’ … Continue reading

Japan 2014: Naruko Onsen (Part 2)

Japan 2014: Naruko Onsen (Part 2)

Continuing on from my Naruko Onsen (Part 1) post, I’m finally back with Part 2! (Sorry it’s taking me forever to write up my Japan adventures!) On Wednesday 28th May, I woke up relaxed and refreshed in Naruko Onsen (鳴子温泉) and ate the most amazing breakfast at the Taishokan (大正館) ryokan. The food there was just so good – … Continue reading

Word of the Week: 昔々

Word of the Week: 昔々

It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last time we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘mi’ (み), focussing on みそ (miso), not the soup, but looking at the other ways in which the word is used. This week I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘mu’ (む). A big thank you for … Continue reading

Japan400 Plymouth: Sun, Sea & Saris

Japan400 Plymouth: Sun, Sea & Saris

Last weekend I took myself off for a mini break in Plymouth. I’d never been to Plymouth before, and might not have considered it as a place worth visiting had it not been for Japan400 Plymouth which was taking place that weekend. As it turned out, Plymouth is a jolly nice place and I’m very … Continue reading