Word of the Week: リア充

Word of the Week: リア充

It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last time we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘yo’ (よ), focussing on よろしくお願いします (yoroshiku onegaishimasu), which is a uniquely Japanese phrase that is quite hard to translate. Often it is translated as ‘please be kind to me (as I will be to you)’, but there’s more to it … Continue reading

HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market 2014

HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market 2014

Last weekend saw an explosion of J-culture in London at the HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market 2014. Smaller than the event in the summer, but still just as fun, the Christmas Market’s main focus was on shopping. Olympia in London was packed with stalls on both levels, selling everything from adorable squishy things to kawaii fashion, delicious … Continue reading

Word of the Week: よろしくお願いします

Word of the Week: よろしくお願いします

It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last time we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘yu’ (ゆ), focussing on 指切りする / ゆびきりする (yubikiri suru), which is like a ‘pinkie swear’. This week I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘yo’ (よ). A big thank you for the suggestions I received this week: Japan … Continue reading

Japan 2014: My Tale of Tono

Japan 2014: My Tale of Tono

昔々あるところに Mukashi mukashi, aru tokoro ni… Once upon a time, in a certain place… I woke up in a land full of fairytales – Tono (遠野) in Iwate Prefecture. My guide, Matsumoto-san, came to pick me up from my hotel around 10:30am, and she brought with her a fantastic taxi driver, Suzuki-san, who was tasked with … Continue reading

One Week Until the HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market!

One Week Until the HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market!

This time next week I’ll be getting my geek on at the HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market! The event will take place at Olympia in London from Friday 14th November – Sunday 16th November. Here’s some more information about the event… HYPER JAPAN is back for the festive season to deliver another instalment of crazy, cute … Continue reading

Japan 2014: Tono Monogatari

Japan 2014: Tono Monogatari

After reading The Legends of Tono by Kunio Yanagita and Tales from a Mountain Cave by Hisashi Inoue I knew I simply had to visit Tono (遠野) in Iwate Prefecture. So, on Friday 30th May I continued my Tohoku adventure and headed towards Tono. After quite a bit of hanging around due to local line trains … Continue reading

Word of the Week: 指切りする

Word of the Week: 指切りする

It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last time we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘ya’ (や), focussing on やだ (yada), which means ‘I don’t like it’. This week I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘yu’ (ゆ). A big thank you for the suggestions I received this week (it was a tough … Continue reading

Japan 2014: Hiraizumi

Japan 2014: Hiraizumi

Has it really been almost 5 months since I woke up in Naruko Onsen after two peaceful nights and set off on the next part of my adventure? Time flies, doesn’t it? I really must get a wriggle on and finish sharing all these stories! So, it was 29th May and, after a delicious breakfast … Continue reading

Book Review: The Roads to Sata by Alan Booth

Book Review: The Roads to Sata by Alan Booth

Having recently devoured Lesley Downer’s On the Narrrow Road to the Deep North someone, and I’m afraid I can’t remember who (but I owe them thanks!) recommended I read The Roads to Sata by Alan Booth. Published in 1985, The Roads to Sata is the story of Alan Booth’s epic 2000 mile walk through Japan, from Cape … Continue reading