Posted in June 2013

Okinawa Day 2013

Okinawa Day 2013

Last Saturday was Okinawa Day in London’s Spitalfields Market and, although the weather was far from tropical, the blast of Okinawan Culture certainly brightened up the day. I attended the event for work, so I won’t be giving a blow-by-blow photographic account of everything that happened as I usually do. If you want that, I … Continue reading

A to Wa of Japan: Week 26

A to Wa of Japan: Week 26

It’s time for A to Wa of Japan again! Last week’s post was about things beginning with ね (ne) and we looked at the Nebuta Matsuri (ねぶた祭り). This week we are looking at things beginning with の (no). A big thank you to those who joined in with suggestions this week: Zooming Japan suggested Nobunaga Oda (織田 信長 / daimyo and initiator of the unification of Japan,  1534 … Continue reading

Monthly Recipe: Vegetarian Chanpuru

Monthly Recipe: Vegetarian Chanpuru

I have to admit, it’s getting harder to think of recipes to try for my monthly recipe, despite owning so many Japanese cookery books. This month I took inspiration from the tropical Okinawan islands, and decided to come up with my own version of ‘chanpuru‘. I spent a while reading different recipes on various different … Continue reading

A to Wa of Japan: Week 25

A to Wa of Japan: Week 25

It’s time for A to Wa of Japan again! Last week’s post was about things beginning with ぬ (nu) and we looked at Numazu (沼津). This week we are looking at things beginning with ね (ne). A big thank you to everyone who joined in with suggestions this week: UK Seikatsu suggested Nebuta Matsuri (ねぶた祭り / a summer festival at Aomori Prefecture), netsuke (根付 … Continue reading

A to Wa of Japan: Week 24

A to Wa of Japan: Week 24

It’s time for A to Wa of Japan again (a little earlier than usual as I’ve got a busy weekend ahead)! Last week’s post was about things beginning with に (ni) and we looked at ninja (忍者). This week we are looking at things beginning with ぬ (nu). A big thank you to everyone who joined in with suggestions this week: … Continue reading

A to Wa of Japan: Week 23

A to Wa of Japan: Week 23

It’s time for A to Wa of Japan again! Last week’s post was about things beginning with な (na) and we looked at Naoshima (直島). This week we are looking at things beginning with に (ni). A big thank you to everyone who joined in with suggestions this week: Zooming Japan suggested Niigata (a city (新潟市) and prefecture (新潟県) in Honshu) and Nikko (日光 / a … Continue reading

London Event: Okinawa Day 2013

London Event: Okinawa Day 2013

When you think of a tropical getaway, do you think of Japan? It’s certainly all I can think about at the moment! Since seeing this poster (above) in London earlier this year, my mind has been full of clear blue seas, colourful coral, diving, snorkelling, and Ryukyuan culture. I never made it down to the … Continue reading

Japanese-inspired street art in Bristol

Japanese-inspired street art in Bristol

If you follow my other blog, Picturing England, you’ll know I’m a big fan of street art and often photograph the art I find here in the UK. Last weekend there was a street art festival called Upfest here in Bristol, and I was delighted to find a number of Japanese-inspired pieces of street art! … Continue reading