Posted on July 17, 2011

京おんな (Kyo Onna)

When I was in Kyoto in March I came across this unbelievably cute DVD in a touristy gift shop, and I impulsively bought it. It was playing on a screen in the shop and, even though I didn’t really know what I was watching, I thought it was too beautiful to leave behind. I finally … Continue reading

At home in Japan…

In Japan, it’s fairly uncommon to visit someone’s home and it’s therefore considered quite an honour if you do. The first thing you should say when you enter someone’s house is “ojamashimasu” (おじゃまします), which literally means “I’m about to get in the way”. That is a polite way of asking the host to excuse you … Continue reading