Posted in March 2013

A to Wa of Japan: Week 13

A to Wa of Japan: Week 13

It’s time for A to Wa of Japan again! Last week’s post was about things beginning with さ (sa) and we looked at Sakura (桜). This week we are looking at things beginning with し (shi). A big thank you to everyone who joined in with suggestions this week: Hideki suggested Shibuya (渋谷 / a part of Tokyo); Japan Australia suggested Shikoku (四国 … Continue reading

Happy Hello Kitty Easter!

Happy Hello Kitty Easter!

Hello Kitty is still really popular here in the UK, and she seems to be a regular feature in the supermarkets now. I spotted a few different Kitty-chan Easter eggs this year… There may well be more varieties available – I didn’t really go looking for these ones, I just happened to see them. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

Sayonara London…

Sayonara London…

They say if you’re tired of London, you’re tired of life, but I beg to differ. When I came back from Japan almost two years ago (April 2011), I looked for jobs in London almost by default. I did consider other cities, but it seemed highly unlikely I would find anything suitable outside of the … Continue reading

Sagittarius Rilakkuma!

Sagittarius Rilakkuma!

Back in January I wrote about the Rilakkuma 10th Anniversary zodiac plushies that had been released, and I never expected to get one – but I did! My lovely friend in Japan sent me one as a surprise, and it’s so cute! This is Sagittarius Rilakkuma (いて座のリラックマ)… He has a little bow and arrow… And the … Continue reading

Ramen at Yo! Sushi

Ramen at Yo! Sushi

London has been hit by ramen-fever recently, with new restaurants popping up faster than you can say ‘noodles’. Everyone has been going crazy about Shoryu Ramen, Bone Daddies, Ittenbari and Mitsukoshi’s new ramen bar, among others. Unfortunately, I’ve not been able to sample the dishes at any of these restaurants though, as they all contain … Continue reading

A to Wa of Japan: Week 12

A to Wa of Japan: Week 12

It’s time for A to Wa of Japan again! Last week’s post was about things beginning with こ (ko) and we looked at kotatsu (炬燵), koto (箏) and cosplay (コスプレ). This week we are looking at things beginning with さ (sa). A big thank you to everyone who joined in with suggestions this week: Jay Dee suggested sakura (桜 / cherry blossom), Saitama (さいたま / … Continue reading

Exhibition: FRAGMENTS OF TIME by Junko O’Neill

Exhibition: FRAGMENTS OF TIME by Junko O’Neill

A  solo exhibition  by Japanese artist Junko O’Neill is opening in London this week. Here are the details: Junko O’Neill: FRAGMENTS OF TIME 19 – 24 March 2013 GV Art, 49 Chiltern Street, London W1U 6LY Have you ever experienced being drawn into the space within a painting and sensing the transient atmosphere that the work conveys? … Continue reading

New Japanese Kit Kats

New Japanese Kit Kats

As many of you will know, I became so obsessed with interested in Japanese Kit Kats while living in Japan that I made a website dedicated to Kit Kats (Kit Kats!). That site features Kit Kats from around the world, but mainly the UK and Japan. I’ve added two new posts about Japanese Kit Kats … Continue reading

A to Wa of Japan: Week 11

A to Wa of Japan: Week 11

It’s time for A to Wa of Japan again! Last week’s post was about things beginning with け (ke) and we looked at Kesennuma (気仙沼). This week we are looking at things beginning with く (ku). A big thank you to everyone who joined in with suggestions this week: shiotadesu suggested Korilakkuma (コリラックマ / Rilakkuma’s little female friend), Kodomo no hi (子供の日 … Continue reading