Posted in February 2011

A not so manic Monday…

Last Monday I went out wandering around the north part of Hamamatsu, and discovered a whole bunch of little temples and shrines. I don’t know the names of them, or the history, so today I’m just going to post a few photographic highlights of my discoveries… ☆★☆ ☆★☆ ☆★☆ ☆★☆ ☆★☆ ☆★☆ ☆★☆ ☆★☆ ☆★☆ … Continue reading

“Totoro moments” in Japan…

If you keep your eyes open and occasionally wander off the beaten track, life in Japan is full of what I like to call “Totoro moments”. Totoro, as I’m sure you know, is a famous character from the Studio Ghibli animation “My Neighbour Totoro“. “My Neighbour Totoro”, like most of the other Studio Ghibli movies, is … Continue reading

Sakura Starbucks…

I was planning to write about the Starbucks sakura campaign but I’d been a bit lazy about it and now Alice over at SuperHappyAwesome has gone and beat me to it. But her piece is so lovely and the photos are so beautiful, so I don’t mind being beaten to the post (literally!). 😉 Anyway, … Continue reading

These are a few of my favourite things…

For some reason, they’re playing “These are a few of my favourite things” on J-Wave here today. In The Sound of Music Maria fills her mind with these favourite things when times are bad. I’ve decided to remember some of my favourite things today, to cheer myself up whenever I think about leaving Japan. Raindrops … Continue reading

Haikugirl’s guide to… Japanese Shrines

From time to time, I will be producing some guides to various aspects of Japanese culture. I’m no expert, and I’m not fluent in Japanese, so you might find some mistakes (please let me know if you do!). My posts will simply be a collection of what I have learnt while living in Japan and … Continue reading

Freshly pressed!

Things are very exciting over here at Haikugirl’s Japan today. I woke up to an inbox bursting at the seams with comments, and over 700 views since I went to bed! Haikugirl’s Japan is literally an overnight success, thanks to WordPress’ “Freshly Pressed” page. Thank you WordPress for choosing to feature Haikugirl’s Japan, and thank … Continue reading

Stressed-out Japan…

I learnt a new Japanese buzzword today: “taijyou houshin” (たいじょうほうしん / 帯状疱疹).  When you look this up in the dictionary it says “shingles; herpes zoster”, which I couldn’t really connect to what I was hearing about this illness. In my mind, “shingles” is “adult chicken pox”, but on closer inspection it seems that “shingles” is actually … Continue reading

Happy Valentine’s Day!

As you may or may not know, I don’t really like Valentine’s Day much. It’s so over-commercialised – especially in Japan! Here, it’s all about the chocolate. For a few weeks before the event, the shops become full of over-priced, crazily packaged chocolates. I was tempted to buy some just to share with you on … Continue reading