Word of the Week: 付き合う

Word of the Week: 付き合う

Word of the Week is back! I toyed with the idea of taking a longer break, but a few of you have commented that you really enjoy these posts (thank you!) so I thought I should continue as soon as possible. In the last post we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘chi’ (ち), … Continue reading

4 Weeks in Japan

4 Weeks in Japan

I have just spent the most incredible 4 weeks in Japan. As I’ve been travelling I’ve tried to feed you little snippets of what I’ve bee doing via this blog, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, but I have in no way covered it all. As time goes on I will be posting about certain aspects of my … Continue reading

Postcard from Japan: Classic Crossing

Postcard from Japan: Classic Crossing

I know it’s a cliché, but I couldn’t leave Tokyo without spending some time sitting in Starbucks and staring at the Shibuya Crossing… Tomorrow I’ll be heading back to the UK after what has been the most incredible 4-week trip. I have taken over 7,000 photos, so please bear with me whilst I sort through … Continue reading

Postcard from Japan: Daibutsu

Postcard from Japan: Daibutsu

Today I climbed a mountain in the pouring rain to see this: I got completely soaked, and it was exhausting, but it was worth it! More on this place – Nokogiri – in the future! I have just one more day left in Japan, so I need to get a good night’s sleep tonight…

Coast to Coast

Coast to Coast

As I sat with my new friends in a small, newly rebuilt restaurant in Shichigahama today looking at the sea I realised why I feel such a connection with Tohoku and with the disaster area in particular. Of course I was in Japan at the time of the earthquake and tsunami, which brought me closer … Continue reading

Postcard from Japan: Yarn Alive

Postcard from Japan: Yarn Alive

Today I had the absolute pleasure of meeting some of the ladies from Yarn Alive, a charitable group based in Shichigahama. Yarn Alive started as a group of people meeting up to talk and knit after the tsunami in 2011, and has become a project which is now able to help others in need by … Continue reading

Postcard from Japan: Kiseki-no-Ippon-Matsu

Postcard from Japan: Kiseki-no-Ippon-Matsu

I’ve seen so much today. Whilst travelling down the Sanriku coast I’ve seen things my eyes could hardly believe. Huge spaces where there should have been towns. I also went to visit the ‘Kiseki-no-ippon-matsu’ or ‘Miracle Pine’ in Rikuzentakata. It was pretty moving, especially with the wrecked building that has been left beside it. This … Continue reading

Postcard from Japan: Tsunami

Postcard from Japan: Tsunami

One more post for tonight. It would be impossible to travel around Tohoku and not think about the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. However, until I reached the coast today I had seen no evidence of damage, and everything seemed to be business as usual. Kamaishi was badly hit by the tsunami, and this … Continue reading