Posted in May 2013

Monthly Recipe: Zen vegetable chowder

Monthly Recipe: Zen vegetable chowder

Monthly recipe is back, and this time I needed something quick, simple, and healthy so I adapted a recipe from Yo! Sushi – The Japanese Cookbook by Kimiko Barber. The recipe is called ‘Zen vegetable chowder’, but what makes it ‘Zen’? Well, this recipe is based on Buddhist vegan cuisine known as shojin ryori (精進料理), which … Continue reading

Japan Blog Matsuri: Japanese in Context

Japan Blog Matsuri: Japanese in Context

It’s been a really long time since there was a Japan Blog Matsuri, so when Declan of Kana Kanji got in touch to ask if I would participate in the new Japan Blog Matsuri I couldn’t resist! The theme is Japanese in Context: We’ve all spent time studying our textbooks, listening to lessons or sitting … Continue reading

A to Wa of Japan: Week 21

A to Wa of Japan: Week 21

It’s time for A to Wa of Japan again! Last week’s post was about things beginning with て (te) and we looked at Tebasaki (手羽先). This week we are looking at things beginning with と (to). A big thank you to everyone who joined in with suggestions this week: Zooming Japan suggested Tokushima (徳島 / a city and prefecture in Shikoku), Tokyo (東京 / … Continue reading

The Great Wave of Stokes Croft

The Great Wave of Stokes Croft

Originally posted on Picturing England:
My favourite piece of street art in Bristol so far is this take on Hokusai‘s Great Wave by MM13 on Hillgrove Street in Stokes Croft: You’ll notice this piece has some extra characters though… The original wave was painted in February 2009, I think, and in June of the same…

Japanese StrEAT food in Bristol

Japanese StrEAT food in Bristol

When I heard about a street food event in Bristol called StrEAT Food Collective my first thought was: “will there be any Japanese food?!”. Fortunately, I was in luck! The event, which takes place in Cabot Circus in Bristol, has been happening every week during May and I first popped down on 3rd May in … Continue reading

Netsuke – In a Nutshell

Netsuke – In a Nutshell

Have you heard of Netsuke (根付)? I had, but I didn’t really know much about them until I went along to the Embassy of Japan in London’s current exhibition: In a Nutshell. The exhibition, which features more than 200 netsuke, was fascinating, and I was lucky enough to attend a talk while I was there too. I … Continue reading

A to Wa of Japan: Week 20

A to Wa of Japan: Week 20

It’s time for A to Wa of Japan again! Last week’s post was about things beginning with つ (tsu) and we looked at Tsumago-juku (妻籠宿). This week we are looking at things beginning with て (te). A big thank you to everyone who joined in with suggestions this week: Zooming Japan suggested teriyaki (てりやき / a cooking technique in which foods … Continue reading

A to Wa of Japan: Week 19

A to Wa of Japan: Week 19

It’s time for A to Wa of Japan again! Last week’s post was about things beginning with ち (chi) and we looked at Chichibu (秩父). This week we are looking at things beginning with つ (tsu). A big thank you to everyone who joined in with suggestions this week (I know ‘tsu’ was a particularly tough one!): Japan Australia suggested Tsu (津 … Continue reading