Word of the Week: 失礼します

Word of the Week: 失礼します

It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last week we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘sa’ (さ), and focussed on the phrase 猿も木から落ちる (さるもきからおちる) (saru mo ki kara ochiru), which is a proverb meaning ‘even monkeys fall from trees’. This week I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘shi’ (し). A big thank you to those who … Continue reading

Word of the Week: 猿も木から落ちる

Word of the Week: 猿も木から落ちる

It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last week we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘ko’ (こ), and focussed on the phrase 恋の予感 (こいのよかん) (koi no yokan), which is similar to ‘love at first sight’. This week I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘sa’ (さ). A big thank you to those who … Continue reading

Mukashi Mukashi…

Mukashi Mukashi…

“Mukashi mukashi, aru tokoro ni…” (昔々あるところに。。。) – Once upon a time, long long ago… That was how my Sunday evening at Café Kino in Bristol began. I attended an event called ‘Myth and Music of Old Japan‘ by Mukashi Mukashi, a group of four musicians with one storyteller. All around the small stage in the over-crowded café … Continue reading

Word of the Week: 恋の予感

Word of the Week: 恋の予感

It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last week we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘ke’ (け), and focussed on the phrase けっこう (kekkou), which means ‘no thank you’, among other things. This week I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘ko’ (こ). A big thank you to those who joined in with … Continue reading

3 Years On…

3 Years On…

Today, Tuesday 11th March, marks the 3rd anniversary of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. I’ve written on this topic many times, and felt this anniversary couldn’t slip by without a mention. Tohoku, and indeed all of Japan, has been in my mind since that day; a day none of us will ever forget. As … Continue reading

Word of the Week: けっこう

Word of the Week: けっこう

It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last week we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘ku’ (く), and focussed on the phrase 口どけ (kuchidoke), which means ‘melt in the mouth’. This week I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘ke’ (け). A big thank you to those who joined in with … Continue reading

One Night in Tokyo – Lost in Translation

One Night in Tokyo – Lost in Translation

Last night the Watershed cinema here in Bristol hosted a Lost in Translation evening which, naturally, I had to attend. Here’s how the evening was billed: Say ‘konnichiwa!’ to an evening of film, music and a pink wig or two. For one night only lose yourself in Tokyo with Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson at … Continue reading

Word of the Week: 口どけ

Word of the Week: 口どけ

It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last week we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘ki’ (き), and focussed on the phrase 気をつけて (ki o tsukete), which means ‘take care’. This week I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘ku’ (く). A big thank you to those who joined in with suggestions this … Continue reading

Monthly Recipe: Tamagoyaki (卵焼き)

Monthly Recipe: Tamagoyaki (卵焼き)

This month I decided to finally have a go at a Japanese classic – tamagoyaki! Tamagoyaki (rolled omelette) is one of my favourites to eat, but pretty tricky to make. I think I need to work on my recipe a bit (and my rolling technique), but this wasn’t a bad first attempt… Tamagoyaki (卵焼き) Ingredients … Continue reading