Word of the Week: とんでもない

Word of the Week: とんでもない

It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last week we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘te’ (て), and focussed on the word 手作り (てづくり) (tezukuri), which means ‘handmade’. This week I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘to’ (と). A big thank you to everyone who joined in with their suggestions: Japan … Continue reading

Word of the Week: 手作り

Word of the Week: 手作り

It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last week we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘tsu’ (つ), and focussed on the expression 付き合う (tsukiau), which means ‘to associate with’, ‘to accompany’ or ‘to date’. This week I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘te’ (て). A big thank you to everyone who … Continue reading

Japan 2014: Ushiku Daibutsu

Japan 2014: Ushiku Daibutsu

I’ve been back from Japan for almost three weeks now and in a weird way it’s like it never happened. Work is in full swing, and I’ve hardly had a moment to stop. Still, my house is happily full of Japanese food and souvenirs, and I have thousands of photos to remind me of the … Continue reading

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