Posted in October 2012

NaNoWriMo and The Shizuka Tea Shop

NaNoWriMo and The Shizuka Tea Shop

As you may have already seen if you follow me on AliMuskett.com, I’m taking part in NaNoWriMo this year. NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, and the aim of the game is to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. One of the keys to completing the task is to make a … Continue reading

Book Review: 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

Book Review: 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

In order to review 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami all I really need to say is this: 1Q84 is one of the best stories I have ever read. Period.  The three books comprise approximately 1,250 pages in total, but at no point was it a chore to read (I would advise checking out the Kindle version if you … Continue reading

Happy Hello Kitty Halloween!

Happy Hello Kitty Halloween!

(Image source) Not only is today Halloween, tomorrow is Hello Kitty’s birthday! Yes, Miss Kitty White was born on 1st November 1974, making her 38 years old tomorrow! So, to celebrate, here’s a picture of my favourite ever Hello Kitty Halloween item I bought in Japan: Isn’t that the cutest? Halloween is celebrated in Japan … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #43

Weekly Shiritori #43

Last week’s post was about jinrikisha (じんりきしゃ / 人力車), so this week I need to start with either しゃ (sha) or や (ya). A big thank you to everyone who joined in this week – JapanAustralia with shabu-shabu (しゃぶしゃぶ / a Japanese variant of a hot pot), yakitori (焼き鳥 / grilled chicken on a skewer), Yamadera (山寺 … Continue reading

Introducing the ‘Shamazing’ Hibiki Ichikawa

Introducing the ‘Shamazing’ Hibiki Ichikawa

If you’re a regular reader of Haikugirl’s Japan you might recognise the name Hibiki Ichikawa. Hibiki Ichikawa (一川 響) is an incredibly talented London-based shamisen (traditional Japanese stringed instrument) player who seems to crop up at just about every Japanese event I attend in the UK. Born in Kanazawa, Ishikawa prefecture, Hibiki started playing the … Continue reading

Monthly Recipe: Salmon Teriyaki Don

Monthly Recipe: Salmon Teriyaki Don

This month has been busy and I was feeling like it was too much effort to try to find a Japanese recipe to cook. Despite having cooked something Japanese at least once a month all this year so far, I still often feel like ‘cooking Japanese food is hard’. So, in a bid to prove … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #42

Weekly Shiritori #42

Last week’s post was about Uji (うじ / 宇治), so this week I need to start with じ (ji). A big thank you to everyone who joined in this week – lovelycomplex22 with my favourite jizo (じぞう / 地蔵)- little stone statues you often find at temples, sequinsandcherryblossom with the wonderful Ghibli (ジブリ), and Kiki with lots of great ideas including: juku … Continue reading

Kumo Lumo – a kawaii new iOS game!

Kumo Lumo – a kawaii new iOS game!

I’m not a huge gamer, but when I stumbled upon Kumo Lumo this evening I was curious because, of course, it has some kind of Japanese connection… ‘Kumo’ (雲) is Japanese for ‘cloud’ (also for ‘spider’, but spelt differently – クモ). Interestingly, the Japanese below ‘Kumo Lumo’ in the picture above says「クラウド光輝」(kurawudo (cloud) kouki), which … Continue reading