Posted in March 2012

Weekly Shiritori #13

Weekly Shiritori #13

Last week’s post was about Shizuoka ( しずおか/ 静岡), so this week I need to start with か (ka). I decided to write about… Kamishibai ( かみしばい/ 紙芝居) Kamishibai is a traditional form of storytelling, which uses pictures on paper. The pictures are usually placed into some kind of frame, as you can see in the … Continue reading

Exhibition: “Kitsch Kogei” by Keiko Masumoto

Exhibition: “Kitsch Kogei” by Keiko Masumoto

Can there exist objects that are not designed for practical use, yet are not simply decorative pieces? That is the question Keiko Masumoto‘s exhibition “Kitsch Kogei” at the ICN gallery in London is asking. Masumoto’s pieces, such as this octopus pot, take a look at the blurred boundaries between fine art and craft. Is this … Continue reading

Catching the blossom with a haiku

Catching the blossom with a haiku

After spending a few hours in St James’s Park under the cherry blossoms (or possibly some other kind of blossoms, I can’t actually tell), I made my way to the Chelsea College of Art for a haiku workshop. The workshop was run by haiku poets Sho Otaka and Paul Conneally, in English and Japanese, and … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #12

Weekly Shiritori #12

Last week’s post was about Basashi ( ばさし/ 馬刺し), so this week I need to start with し (shi). I decided to write about… Shizuoka ( しずおか/ 静岡) Shizuoka Prefecture (Shizuoka-ken / 静岡県) is located in central Japan, on Honshu (the main island of Japan), and the capital is Shizuoka City (Shizuoka-shi). I lived in Hamamatsu City in … Continue reading

Origami boxes for Tohoku

Origami boxes for Tohoku

A friend of Haikugirl’s Japan is selling beautiful origami boxes online, and the proceeds are going to help recovery efforts in Tohoku. The auctions close on Saturday 24th March, so make sure you take a look right now… This site links to a set of eBay auctions of decorative hexagonal origami gift boxes. The auctions mark … Continue reading

Kitty and the Bulldog: Lolita fashion and the influence of Britain, at the V&A

Kitty and the Bulldog: Lolita fashion and the influence of Britain, at the V&A

Kitty and the Bulldog is a free display at the V&A that will examine the relationship between Japanese Lolita fashion and its British sources. It will form part of the V&A’s British Design Season taking place across the Museum this spring. The display will feature seven Lolita designs that reflect different British influences on this rapidly expanding fashion phenomenon. A … Continue reading

Exhibition: 50/50 – Working in Parallel

Exhibition: 50/50 – Working in Parallel

Textile artist Matthew Harris and Mosaic artist Cleo Mussi have lived and worked side by side in various studios since 1987 and ‘50/50’ is their first joint exhibition. ‘50/50’ aims to show the work of two individuals working in parallel yet independently on a theme. The work on initial viewing may appear to have little … Continue reading

Monthly Recipe: Broccoli with Miso & Sesame Sauce

Monthly Recipe: Broccoli with Miso & Sesame Sauce

For my March recipe, I decided to try something with a really Japanese flavour. I’ve always been a little bit nervous about cooking Japanese food, as it seems complicated, but I was happy to discover that this recipe was really simple, and tasted fantastic! A while ago I spotted a new recipe book called Hashi: A … Continue reading