Posted in September 2010

月見 (Tsukimi)

Tsukimi (月見), sometimes “otsukimi” with the honorific ‘o’, is the Japanese moon-viewing festival. The festival is held in September and October.  According to Wikipedia, “The celebration of the full moon typically takes place on the 15th day of the eighth month of the traditional Japanese lunisolar calendar; the waxing moon is celebrated on the 13th … Continue reading

“Eikanji” (英漢字)

Recently, a student introduced me to the concept of “eikanji”.  This is an idea created by a Japanese calligrapher called Tomomi Kunishige (知美国重).  She is a 32-year-old Japanese woman from Yamaguchi prefecture. She began learning calligraphy at the age of 6 (which is quite normal in Japan) and by the age of 16 she had … Continue reading

Miyakoda hiking & Washizawa cave

In a desperate attempt to think of ways to get fit, I randomly suggested to my friends that we should go hiking.  I didn’t think at the time that actually it’s a bit hot for hiking and, had I known I would end up with a sunburnt head, I might have thought twice. But, it … Continue reading


One place I had been meaning to check out in Shizuoka was Bentenjima. Bentenjima is just a few stops along the JR line from Hamamatsu, and I finally got around to going there at the end of August. To be honest, there’s not much to do at Bentenjima, especially when you visit at the end … Continue reading

I love Japan, but…

I love Japan. I think all of you know that. In fact, as of this moment, I love Japan so much that I’ve been living here for 2 years, 5 months and 23 days.   When I came to Japan I wasn’t sure if I could last a year living in a foreign country, especially one … Continue reading

Being A Broad… My third article!

In the spirit of self-promotion, here’s my third published article: Hanging in Hamamatsu (page 5). This one is about the fact that I’m a Being A Broad Rep. It’s also about HangMates, the international group I sometimes hang out with here.  Oh, and this article includes a photo I took of Hamamatsu, too. Yay! 😀