Posted in March 2011

Faces of Japan – March 2011 Japan Blog Matsuri

Welcome to the March 2011 edition of the Japan Blog Matsuri!  First, if you haven’t had a chance to check out the February Matsuri (Famous Japanese Events) hosted by loneleeplanet, please do! Now, for March’s edition I chose the theme “Faces of Japan“. I wanted to see a collection of the faces of Japan that … Continue reading

Live from Capsule Ryokan, Kyoto!

This post is coming to you live from Capsule Ryokan in Kyoto, where me and Miss Kitty are staying tonight! “Wait a minute!” I hear you say. “Capsule? Ryokan? Capsule Ryokan? What’s that all about then?” Let me explain. Capsule Ryokan is the first of its kind in the world. It’s a super foreigner-friendly, cheap … Continue reading

Blog for Japan

So many organisations are being set up to collect donations of money and useful items (such as nappies, socks, toothbrushes, etc.) for Japan right now. It’s hard to know who to support, and impossible to support everyone. I feel like I want to help in some way. Some of my friends have got involved in … Continue reading

Nagano adventure pt. 1/3: Zenkoji

What better way to celebrate a three-year friendship and a three-year “Japanniversary” than with an adventure in Nagano? This post is part one of three, and it’s about Zenkoji. My friend Kazue and I arrived in Nagano around midday on Sunday 20th March. Having already eaten “hayaben” (an early lunch) on the train: We made … Continue reading

Hamamatsu: Better safe than sorry

Walking past Hamamatsu Station this morning I saw quite a commotion. Money was being collected by loud, eager young girls. Pamphlets handed out by serious middle-aged men. And this “earthquake experience vehicle” parked in the middle of it all. Looks like Hamamatsu is going with the “better safe than sorry” approach, which I highly approve … Continue reading

One week on…

It’s been a week since the Tohoku region of Japan got hit by a huge 9.0-magnitude earthquake which triggered a tsunami with waves of up to 10 metres high. Despite what certain media sources would have you believe, most of Japan is now pretty much back to normal. I don’t want to belittle what happened … Continue reading

Another geography lesson…

This will be a short post because I have a lot to do this morning. My life is continuing as usual, see? I would just like to remind everyone of the rough geography of the current situation in Japan: The yellow dot shows approximately where Fukushima Prefecture is. This is where the nuclear power plants … Continue reading

It’s nothing to do with the earthquake!

Talk about bad timing. This week at school we started announcing my imminent departure. Naturally students are surprised and, as I suspected would happen, I have already been asked a few times: “Are you leaving because of the earthquake???” So I’d just like to clear this up: No. I am not leaving because of the … Continue reading

Shaken, and slightly stirred…

Evening all! Well, I’ve spent my whole day trying to be “normal” and get on with teaching without thinking about earthquakes etc. too much. I just got home around 10pm and decided to catch up on the BBC news while checking my emails when… my apartment began to really shudder. For a split second I … Continue reading