Japan by Prefecture: Iwate (岩手県)

Japan by Prefecture: Iwate (岩手県)

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 Iwate Prefecture (岩手県) (a little earlier than usual as I have a busy weekend ahead!). Iwate Prefecture is part of the Tohoku … Continue reading

Japan by Prefecture: Aomori (青森県)

Japan by Prefecture: Aomori (青森県)

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 Aomori Prefecture (青森県). As you can see in the map above, Aomori Prefecture is the northernmost prefecture in Honshu, Japan’s largest island. … Continue reading

Monthly Recipe: Melon Pan (メロンパン)

Monthly Recipe: Melon Pan (メロンパン)

Those of you who know Japan will surely know melon pan! Melon pan, available in all convenience stores across Japan, is a kind of sweet bread bun. Melon pan is made from an enriched dough covered in a thin layer of crisp cookie dough… and it’s gooooood! They’re called ‘melon pan’ not because of a melon … Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity

This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is on the theme of ‘Serenity‘, and the topic instantly made me think of a photo I took whilst I was in Tokyo last year at Zojoji temple. This little Jizo dude is just so serene, and not at all phased by the chaos of Tokyo all around him.

Japan by Prefecture: Hokkaido (北海道)

Japan by Prefecture: Hokkaido (北海道)

Welcome to the first in the series of ‘Japan by Prefecture‘ – a new weekly series here on Haikugirl’s Japan. It would be impossible to cover everything there is to say about a whole prefecture in one blog post, but this series aims to provide the highlights along with my personal favourites and suggestions from … Continue reading

Japan by Prefecture: A New Weekly Series

Japan by Prefecture: A New Weekly Series

Welcome to ‘Japan by Prefecture‘ – a new weekly series here on Haikugirl’s Japan. I contemplated calling the series ‘Do you ken?’ as a play on words (‘ken’ meaning ‘know’ in Scottish dialect and ‘prefecture’ in Japanese, 県), but I thought that might be a bit confusing. So, I’ve stuck with a nice simple title … Continue reading

E-Book Review: SHOYU (Japanese Soy Sauce)

E-Book Review: SHOYU (Japanese Soy Sauce)

SHOYU (Japanese Soy Sauce), an e-book published by Airy Rhyme, Inc., is one of a series of e-books about traditional Japanese culture. The series aims to introduce traditional items and skills deeply rooted in Japan, and so far consists of three titles: TENUGI (Japanese Hand Towels) , SHOYU (Japanese Soy Sauce) and WASHI (Japanese Paper). This series … Continue reading

Book Review: The Haiku Murder by Fran Pickering

Book Review: The Haiku Murder by Fran Pickering

I think I owe Fran Pickering a public apology for having her book, The Haiku Murder, for such a long time and only just getting around to posting a review. Sorry Fran! I actually finished reading this page-turner before Christmas, but you know how time flies! Here’s a synopsis of The Haiku Murder, the latest … Continue reading