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

Japan by Prefecture: Nagano (長野県)

Japan by Prefecture: Nagano (長野県)

It’s time for ‘Japan by Prefecture‘ again! This is the series that aims to provide the highlights of each prefecture of Japan, along with my personal favourites and suggestions from readers. This week, we’re looking at Nagano (長野県). Nagano Prefecture is part of the Chubu Region (中部地方) and the capital is Nagano City (長野市). I’ve actually been to a lot of Nagano’s … 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

Japan by Prefecture: Yamanashi (山梨県)

Japan by Prefecture: Yamanashi (山梨県)

It’s time for ‘Japan by Prefecture‘ again! This is the series that aims to provide the highlights of each prefecture of Japan, along with my personal favourites and suggestions from readers. This week, we’re looking at Yamanashi (山梨県). Yamanashi Prefecture is part of the Chubu Region (中部地方) and the capital is Kofu (甲府). I’ve been to Yamanashi once, although I’m not sure … Continue reading

Japan by Prefecture: Fukui (福井県)

Japan by Prefecture: Fukui (福井県)

It’s time for ‘Japan by Prefecture‘ again! This is the series that aims to provide the highlights of each prefecture of Japan, along with my personal favourites and suggestions from readers. This week, we’re looking at Fukui (福井県). Fukui Prefecture is part of the Chubu Region (中部地方). I’ve actually never been to Fukui, but I hear about it all the time … Continue reading

Japan by Prefecture: Ishikawa (石川県)

Japan by Prefecture: Ishikawa (石川県)

It’s time for ‘Japan by Prefecture‘ again! This is the series that aims to provide the highlights of each prefecture of Japan, along with my personal favourites and suggestions from readers. This week, we’re looking at Ishikawa (石川県). Ishikawa Prefecture is part of the Chubu Region (中部地方), and is also part of what is known as the Hokuriku Region (北陸地方). I … Continue reading