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

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