Posted in January 2013

A grand adventure…

A grand adventure…

It’s about 10.30pm and I’ve just heard about this amazing competition to win £1,000 to spend on an adventure. The deadline is midnight tonight, so here goes… We want bloggers around the globe to tell us where they would go, what they would do and how they would make their £1000 last as long as … Continue reading

A to Wa of Japan: Week 4

A to Wa of Japan: Week 4

It’s time for A to Wa of Japan again! Last week’s post was about things beginning with い (i) and we looked at Izumo-taisha (出雲大社) and Inarizushi (いなり寿司). This week we are looking at things beginning with う (u), and I’d like to thank everyone who joined in with suggestions. AK suggested umeboshi (梅干し / pickled plums); Zooming Japan suggested … Continue reading

And the Japanese Kit Kats mini giveaway winner is…

And the Japanese Kit Kats mini giveaway winner is…

Haikugirl’s Japan is pleased to announce that the winner of the Japanese Kit Kats mini giveaway is… ☆*:.。. o(≧▽≦)o .。.:*☆ Rosa desu! ☆*:.。. o(≧▽≦)o .。.:*☆ Rosa, who is currently studying Japanese in London, has a great blog called Rosa in Bloggerland which features food, travel and fabulous Japanese things – I wonder if the Kit kats will feature there … Continue reading

A washi paper gift…

A washi paper gift…

I had a little surprise in the post the other day – a long-awaited prize which, to be honest I had given up on. You might remember that back in June I won a Brighton Japan Festival photo contest – well, due to some kind of mix-up, I never actually received my prize. Anyway, I … Continue reading

Rilakkuma 10th Anniversary – Kawaii Zodiac Plushies!

Rilakkuma 10th Anniversary – Kawaii Zodiac Plushies!

It’s my favourite Japanese character Rilakkuma‘s (リラックマ) 10th Anniversary this year and, as part of the anniversary celebrations, San-X have released a Zodiac-themed series for Rilakkuma! In the series, Rilakkuma is dressed up as all 12 signs of the Zodiac, in these super kawaii plushies: They’re also available in smaller sizes – the kind of size … Continue reading

Mini Giveaway: Japanese Kit Kats!

Mini Giveaway: Japanese Kit Kats!

Ever wondered what all this Japanese Kit Kat fuss is all about? Not had the opportunity to try any yet? Now’s your chance! Haikugirl’s Japan is giving one lucky reader the chance to try three mini Kit Kats from Japan, pictured below: The flavours are: Strawberry Cheesecake (ストロベリー チーズケーキ) from Yokohama, Wasabi (わさび) from Shizuoka, and Eitaro … Continue reading

A to Wa of Japan: Week 3

A to Wa of Japan: Week 3

It’s time for A to Wa of Japan again! Last week’s post was about things beginning with あ (a) and we looked at Amuro Namie (安室奈美恵), Arashiyama (嵐山) and Anko (あんこ). This week we are looking at things beginning with い (i), and I’d like to thank everyone who joined in with suggestions. lovelycomplex22 suggested 石井裕也 (Ishii Yuya) – a … Continue reading

Next Hyper Japan announced!

Next Hyper Japan announced!

The next Hyper Japan has been announced, so get it in your diaries now! 26th -28th July, 2013 at Earls Court Two in London. Keep an eye on the Hyper Japan website for more information about tickets and performances. Hyper Japan is the UK’s biggest celebration of Japanese culture, Japanese cuisine, and Japanese cool.