Posted in June 2012

Weekly Shiritori #26

Weekly Shiritori #26

Last week’s post was about Suganuma (すがぬま / 菅沼), so this week I need to start with  ま (ma). A big thank you to japanaustralia who always gives some good suggestions. This week’s were: manga (漫画), Matsumoto (松本), Matsuyama (松山) and Matsue (松江). I’ve decided to write about… Matsumoto (まつもと / 松本) Matsumoto City (Matsumoto-shi / 松本市) in Nagano Prefecture is somewhere I always quite … Continue reading

Brighton Japan Festival 2012

Brighton Japan Festival 2012

When I went to the Brighton Japan Festival last year (weekend 1 & weekend 2) I had only recently returned from Japan and was dying for a hit of Japanese culture. I had been living in Bognor Regis where the only way to get a taste of Japan is to buy sushi from Tesco (yuck!) … Continue reading

Introducing… OrigArti: Bespoke Origami Fashion

Introducing… OrigArti: Bespoke Origami Fashion

I recently came across a new origami-themed online store which is opening on Sunday 1st July. Allow me to introduce… OrigArti! OrigArti’s founder, Brighton-based artist Jimmy Dean, took a little time out to explain what OrigArti is all about: I started to watch anime from the age of nine and since then I have developed … Continue reading

Tomodachi by Daisuke Sakaguchi

Tomodachi by Daisuke Sakaguchi

Do you remember when I was hit with egg-hunting fever and I ran all over London taking photos of artistically designed eggs? Well, at that time I came across a Japanese artist called Daisuke Sakaguchi, who designed a gorgeous egg called “Mirai” (meaning “future”). Now the egg fever has passed, but I’ve been hit with a … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #25

Weekly Shiritori #25

Last week’s post was about Chipsu (チップス), so this week I need to start with  す (su). Thank you for all your suggestions: japanaustralia with sukiyaki (すき焼き / a Japanese dish with beef), suika (スイカ / watermelon), sumi (墨 / ink), supōtsu (スポーツ / sport) and suzume (すずめ / tree sparrow), and ラマタ with sumo (相撲). They were … Continue reading

Kokoro: The Art of Horiyoshi III, at Somerset House

Kokoro: The Art of Horiyoshi III, at Somerset House

At Somerset House in London there is currently an exhibition called Kokoro: The Art of Horiyoshi III. The exhibition is on until 1st July, and is free to enter. ‘Kokoro’ means ‘heart’ in Japanese; it’s the ‘feeling’, the ‘inner meaning’ that underpins the Japanese approach, not only to art, but to Japanese life as a … Continue reading

Okinawa Day 2012 in London

Okinawa Day 2012 in London

Last year I missed Okinawa Day in London because I went to the Brighton Japan Festival. This year I’ve decided to only go to the first weekend of the Brighton Japan Festival, which means I can go to Okinawa Day 2012 on 30th June. Here’s some more information about Okinawa Day: Okinawa Day 2012 @ … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #24

Weekly Shiritori #24

Last week’s post was about Kuzumochi (くずもち / 葛餅), so this week I need to start with  ち (chi). Thank you for all your suggestions: アネケ with Chiba (千葉), chi (血 / blood), cha (茶 / tea) and chipsu (チップス / potato chips), and japanaustralia with chikuwa (竹輪) and chingensai (青梗菜 / Chinese Cabbage). They were all great … Continue reading