Posted in April 2011

Goodbye Kitty

I met a good friend for lunch and a catch-up today and she had a gift for me. As it was Easter last week, and she knew how much I loved things related to Japan, she had decided to buy me a Hello Kitty Easter egg (there seems to be a bit of a Kitty … Continue reading

Random kanji sighting…

I was stopped in my tracks by this random piece of graffiti in Portsmouth (England) today: That is the kanji for “man”, right? I’m not seeing things, am I?!

Yo! Sushi

I’ve been back in England about a week and have been having some real pangs of “homesickness” for Japan, and cravings for Japanese food. Today, April 29th, was a day when most people in England were making the most of an extra day off work and celebrating the royal wedding.  I and my mum were … Continue reading

Not everyone’s kappa tea…

Wandering around the streets of Tokyo looking at kitchenware may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I discovered it was mine two weeks ago. I had never visited Kappabashi-dori before, as I really couldn’t see the attraction of shop upon shop full of kitchen goods and restaurant supplies. However, once you get there it’s clear that … Continue reading

Business lunch in Ueno…

If you’re a busy business person working in Ueno (Tokyo), where would you choose to escape to for your lunch break? Well, when I was walking around Ueno recently I discovered the answer: Shitaya Shrine. Shitaya Shrine houses deities for business prosperity, and harmony and happiness in marriage, according to the sign: It was basically … Continue reading

Everybody’s talkin’ at me…

The title of this post comes from the song “Everybody’s Talkin’” which was recorded by, among others, Harry Nilsson. The lyrics have been in my head since I got back to the UK: Everybody’s talking at me I don’t hear a word they’re saying Only the echoes of my mind People stopping staring I can’t … Continue reading

Ueno Zoo

On Friday April 15th I visited Ueno Zoo. I’ve already told you about my main reason for going there in a previous post – to see the new pandas. Given the current situation in Japan, I had naively thought that people would have other things on their minds instead of pandas… I was wrong. When … Continue reading

Polite behaviour…

Can you imagine one of these lasting more than 5 minutes in England? People would draw on it straight away, wouldn’t they? I miss polite, respectful Japan…

First day of freedom…

I’ve been back in England since Friday and I can’t tell you how much I miss Japan. However, I was lucky enough to have a week of fabulous adventures in and around Tokyo before I left, and now it’s time for me to start sharing those adventures with you. I’ll start at the very beginning … Continue reading