Posted in April 2013

Monthly Recipe: Sushi with Miso Soup

Monthly Recipe: Sushi with Miso Soup

I recently got hold of a Yutaka Sushi Kit, and thought I’d have a go at making sushi by myself. I tried making sushi once before with friends, and I wasn’t very good at it, but this time was much more successful. Yutaka also sell lots of other Japanese food and ingredients, and I decided … Continue reading

Funmatsucha from Chiki Tea

Funmatsucha from Chiki Tea

At the beginning of April I was lying in bed one night browsing Facebook, when I spotted an announcement from Chiki Tea asking for tea tasters. Moments later I had managed to sign myself up to taste some funmatsucha (粉末茶). Not to be confused with matcha (抹茶), funmatsucha is actually micro-ground sencha (煎茶) (that’s ‘ordinary’ green … Continue reading

A to Wa of Japan: Week 17

A to Wa of Japan: Week 17

It’s time for A to Wa of Japan again! Last week’s post was about things beginning with そ (so) and we looked at soba (そば). This week we are looking at things beginning with た (ta). A big thank you to everyone who joined in with suggestions this week:  Shiotadesu suggested tatami (畳 / traditional straw mat), tamagoyaki (卵焼き … Continue reading

The Tokaido (東海道)

The Tokaido (東海道)

When I lived in Japan I became aware of the Tokaido (東海道), an ancient road which once connected Tokyo (then Edo) to Kyoto. The Tokaido was the most important of the Edo Five Routes (Gokaidō / 五街道), five routes set up by the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu (徳川 家康) (1543 – 1616) to connect Edo to other parts of Japan during the … Continue reading

A to Wa of Japan: Week 16

A to Wa of Japan: Week 16

It’s time for A to Wa of Japan again! Last week’s post was about things beginning with せ (se) and we looked at Senso-ji (浅草寺). This week we are looking at things beginning with そ (so). A big thank you to everyone who joined in with suggestions this week:  Jay Dee suggested soba (そば / a kind of noodle), soki soba (ソーキーそば … Continue reading

Introducing: RAYCHELL

Introducing: RAYCHELL

My knowledge of current Japanese pop music is not all it could be, but I became quite excited when I first heard RAYCHELL’s new album, which will be released on 24th April. RAYCHELL’s debut album, L>R, is a delightful mix of rock, pop and dance, with a couple of sway-inducing ballads thrown in for good … Continue reading

Theatre Review: Siro-A

Theatre Review: Siro-A

I went to the theatre last night and now I’m going to try to review what I saw, but I’m still a little lost for words to be honest. I hoped that after a day Siro-A’s performance at the Leicester Square Theatre would have sunk in and I would have found a way to describe … Continue reading

A to Wa of Japan: Week 15

A to Wa of Japan: Week 15

It’s time for A to Wa of Japan again! Last week’s post was about things beginning with す (su) and we looked at Sushi (寿司). This week we are looking at things beginning with せ (se). A big thank you to everyone who joined in with suggestions this week: Japan Australia suggested Senso-ji (浅草寺 / a temple in Tokyo), sento (銭湯 / bath house), and … Continue reading