Posted in May 2011

Inokashira Park

On April 20th I planned to visit the Studio Ghibli Museum in Mitaka (an area of Tokyo), but I decided to start my day with a peaceful walk in Inokashira Park first. Inokashira Park is actually home to the Ghibli Museum, but I hadn’t looked around the park last time I visited the museum because I … Continue reading

Quick Japan-fixes in London

I spent the day in London yesterday because I had some meetings at recruitment agencies (still no job… sigh). While I was there, I took the opportunity to get some quick Japan-fixes… First, I accidentally ordered a Matcha Chiller in Eat. I know, I know. How can you “accidentally” order something?! Well, I was thinking … Continue reading


Still on April 19th, I moved on from Hase-dera and made my way to Enoshima. Enoshima is a tiny island which is only about 4km in circumference, and it’s not far away from Kamakura. In order to get to Enoshima, I had to take the Enoden train from Hase Station (right near Hase-dera) in Kamakura … Continue reading

Surviving in Japan (without much Japanese)

Surviving in Japan (without much Japanese) is one of the best websites available for tips on how to survive in Japan when your Japanese isn’t quite up to scratch yet. The website, created by the lovely Ashley Thompson, covers everything from tampons to teaching, mosquitos to mail – and all in amazing detail. I’m mentioning this … Continue reading

Japan Travel Centre article!

I am delighted to announce that the Japan Travel Centre, based in London, have kindly published an article which I wrote! The article is about visiting Japan during rainy season, and you can read it here or click on the screenshot below. 😀 The Japan Travel Centre is more than just a travel agency – … Continue reading

Reviewing & Retaking

I’ve been studying Japanese since September 2006 – that’s almost five years! You would think that I would be quite fluent by now, wouldn’t you? Well, you’d be wrong. But I only have myself to blame. (>_<) For the first almost year and a half I studied in an evening class, once a week, after … Continue reading

Manga & Sumo… in Gosport

Yesterday was an interesting day. My mum spotted a manga exhibition advertised in nearby Gosport and we decided to go and check it out. I’m not a huge manga fan, but I do appreciate good art. Still, it wasn’t the manga that sold me on going to the exhibition… it was the promise of sumo! … Continue reading


Moving on from The Great Buddha of Kamakura, I walked to Hase-dera, which is nearby. Hase-dera is a temple which I heard was famous for its Jizo statues, and a “massive wooden statue of Kannon“. I could never have imagined what I found there… Hase-dera was so much bigger than I expected and had so … Continue reading

Pocky’s European cousin…

Mikado. It looks like a fake Pocky impersonator, doesn’t it? But on closer inspection I can see that it is actually made by Glico, as is Pocky (in fact, Pocky’s Wiki page actually says “In Europe, Pocky was renamed Mikado“). [Edit: I have been corrected. Mikado is not actually made by Glico, it is manufactured … Continue reading

The Greatest Buddha

A tourist-show, a legend told, A rusting bulk of bronze and gold, So much, and scarce so much, ye hold The meaning of Kamakura? (Extract from a poem by Rudyard Kipling, 1892) Carrying on from the last post about my Tokyo area trip, I’m sure you’ll remember that on April 19th I was walking to The … Continue reading