Word of the Week: 平気

Word of the Week: 平気

It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last time we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘fu’ (ふ), and I broke the rules a little bit to look at the word ふるさと (furusato), meaning ‘home town’. This week I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘he’ (へ). A big thank you for … Continue reading

Japan 2014: Hakone – Amazake-chaya

Japan 2014: Hakone – Amazake-chaya

Did you like the little teaser I left you with in my last post? Well, now all is revealed! The place I simply couldn’t leave Hakone without visiting was the Amazake-chaya (甘酒茶屋). The Amazake-chaya in Hakone is an old teahouse along what used to be the Tokaido (東海道), a road that linked Tokyo with Kyoto … Continue reading

Japan 2014: Hakone

Japan 2014: Hakone

Continuing my Japan adventure, after spending a couple of nights of Kyoto I headed to Hakone for a night. Hakone is somewhere I’ve been wanting to visit for a while now, and I can’t believe it was never on my list whilst living in Japan. One night there would probably have been enough if I … Continue reading

Japan 2014: Kyoto

Japan 2014: Kyoto

After two nights in Nagoya, it was time to continue my journey and do some more work. I went to Kyoto for two nights, stayed in two different hotels, and visited a whole bunch more hotels for work. My time in Kyoto was about 90% work, but I still found time for a little bit … Continue reading

Japan 2014: Nagoya Homecoming

Japan 2014: Nagoya Homecoming

It’s the last day of August and I’m still writing about my travels in May… (>_<) I hope I can get caught up before Christmas! On 18th May, after a fantastic time exploring Kamikochi with my friend, we headed back to Nagoya. Nagoya is my home in Japan, and it was wonderful to return after … Continue reading

Word of the Week: ふるさと

Word of the Week: ふるさと

It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last time we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘hi’ (ひ), and focussed on the phrase 久しぶりです (hisashiburi desu), meaning ‘long time no see’. This week I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘fu’ (ふ). A big thank you those of you who joined in with their … Continue reading

JLPT Success!

JLPT Success!

As you’ll know if you’re a regular reader of this blog, back in July I took the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) level N4. It was difficult, and I didn’t feel very confident after taking the test, but today the scores were released and… ☆★☆I passed!!!☆★☆ It was such a relief to know that all … Continue reading

Japan 2014: Kamikochi

Japan 2014: Kamikochi

I’ve never been much of one for hiking and the outdoors, but that all changed on May 17th when I visited Kamikochi (上高地). Taking a much-needed weekend off from my work duties in Japan, I met my friend and we travelled together to Kamikochi for a spot of hiking and fresh air. I think it … Continue reading

Japan 2014: Takayama

Japan 2014: Takayama

I’ve been spending the bank holiday weekend here in the UK trying to catch up with life. I still have hundreds of photos to edit and upload, but I’m making progress. Today I’ve reached 16th May, which was the day I left my tour group behind and made my way to Takayama (高山) by myself. It … Continue reading

Word of the Week: 久しぶりです

Word of the Week: 久しぶりです

It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last time we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘ha’ (は), and focussed on the phrase 裸の付き合い (hadaka no tsukiai), meaning ‘naked friendship’. This week I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘hi’ (ひ). A big thank you to the one person who joined in … Continue reading