Word of the Week: 裸の付き合い

Word of the Week: 裸の付き合い

It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last time we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘no’ (の), and focussed on the word 飲みニケーション (nominication), meaning ‘communication through drinking’. This week I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘ha’ (は). A big thank you to the one person who joined in with their … Continue reading

Japan 2014: Jigokudani and the Japanese Macaques

Japan 2014: Jigokudani and the Japanese Macaques

On May 15th, I paid my second visit to the Japanese macaques at Jigokudani Monkey Park (地獄谷野猿公苑) in Yamanouchi (山ノ内) near Yudanaka Onsen (湯田中温泉) in Nagano Prefecture (長野県) (read about my first visit in 2011 here). Famously known as ‘snow monkeys’, I wondered if the monkeys would be as appealing without the snow. They were! To … Continue reading

Product Review: Yunomi.us

Product Review: Yunomi.us

  Yunomi.us is “a new online marketplace offering tea and knowledge from artisan Japanese tea farmers, tea masters, and tea ware artists”, and recently they got in touch with me to see if I would like to have a taste. Their website is beautiful and inviting, and I must say I quite enjoyed myself whilst … Continue reading

Word of the Week: 飲みニケーション

Word of the Week: 飲みニケーション

It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last time we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘ne’ (ね), and focussed on words and phrases using the word ねこ (cat). This week I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘no’ (の). A big thank you to the one person who joined in with … Continue reading

Japan 2014: A Night in Nagano

Japan 2014: A Night in Nagano

On 14th May I spent one night in Nagano with the tour group I was travelling with for work. I’d been to Nagano before and visited its famous temple Zenkoji (善光) in March 2011, but I was still excited to go back. We stayed right by Zenkoji in a shukubo (temple lodging) called Zenkoji Tokugyobou. … Continue reading

HYPER JAPAN 2014 Highlights

HYPER JAPAN 2014 Highlights

I’m still ploughing through photos and potential blog posts from my recent trip to Japan, but thought I should post about last weekend’s HYPER JAPAN event in London whilst it’s still current news. I’ve already posted about the Moshi Moshi Nippon campaign which was being promoted at the event; below are the rest of my … Continue reading

Moshi Moshi Nippon @ HYPER JAPAN 2014!

Moshi Moshi Nippon @ HYPER JAPAN 2014!

At HYPER JAPAN last weekend there was a lot of publicity for the new Moshi Moshi Nippon campaign, which aims to share Japanese pop-culture with other countries. Here’s an introduction: The Moshi Moshi Nippon Facebook page says: What is the project “moshimoshi nippon”? This project will send out Japanese pop culture to overseas. It will be … Continue reading

Word of the Week: ねこ words & phrases

Word of the Week: ねこ words & phrases

It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last time we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘ni’ (に), and focussed on the phrase ニコニコする (nikoniko suru), which means ‘to smile’. This week I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘ne’ (ね). A big thank you to everyone who joined in with their suggestions: … Continue reading