Word of the Week: みそ

Word of the Week: みそ

It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last time we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘ma’ (ま), focussing on まずい / 不味い (mazui), a word which refers to something that tastes bad or sucks. This week I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘mi’ (み). A big thank you for the suggestions this week: Japan … Continue reading

Japan 2014: Naruko Onsen (Part 1)

Japan 2014: Naruko Onsen (Part 1)

On Tuesday 27th May my Tohoku adventure continued. Just before midday I left Yamagata Station on the Tsubasa shinkansen and travelled north to Shinjo. At Shinjo I changed to the JR Rikku East Line, a local line with small trains full of character. My destination? Naruko Onsen (鳴子温泉). The journey to Naruko was simply gorgeous. The … Continue reading

Word of the Week: 不味い

Word of the Week: 不味い

It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last time we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘ho’ (ほ), focussing on ほめる / 褒める (homeru), meaning ‘to praise’ or ‘to admire’. This week I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘ma’ (ま). A big thank you for the suggestions this week: Japan Australia suggested ‘maamaa’ … Continue reading

Japan 2014: Yamadera – the Mountain Temple

Japan 2014: Yamadera – the Mountain Temple

After the excitement of Rokkonsai I opted for a more solitary day, taking my first steps along haiku poet Matsuo Basho’s ‘Narrow Road to the North’, or ‘Oku no hosomichi‘ (奥の細道). In the late spring of 1689 Matsuo Basho (松尾 芭蕉) and his haiku poet apprentice Kawai Sora (河合 曾良) set out on their epic journey, and … Continue reading

A Special Sunday

A Special Sunday

Last Sunday was the last Make Sunday Special event in Bristol this year. Make Sunday Special is a monthly summer event which sees the streets of central Bristol closed for the day and local businesses setting up stalls in town. There is street entertainment, and a general feel of local community. It’s a great event, … Continue reading

Word of the Week: 褒める

Word of the Week: 褒める

It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last time we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘he’ (へ), focussing on へいき / 平気 (heiki), meaning ‘coolness’ or ‘unconcern’. This week I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘ho’ (ほ). A big thank you for the suggestions this week: lovelycomplex22 suggested ‘horeru’ (惚れる), … Continue reading