Posted in February 2014

Monthly Recipe: Tamagoyaki (卵焼き)

Monthly Recipe: Tamagoyaki (卵焼き)

This month I decided to finally have a go at a Japanese classic – tamagoyaki! Tamagoyaki (rolled omelette) is one of my favourites to eat, but pretty tricky to make. I think I need to work on my recipe a bit (and my rolling technique), but this wasn’t a bad first attempt… Tamagoyaki (卵焼き) Ingredients … Continue reading

Word of the Week: 気をつけて

Word of the Week: 気をつけて

It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last week we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘ka’ (か), and focussed on the word かわいい (kawaii), which means ‘cute’. This week I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘ki’ (き). A big thank you to those who joined in with suggestions this week: zoomingjapan suggested … Continue reading

Isn’t Anyone Alive? (生けているものはいないのか)

Isn’t Anyone Alive? (生けているものはいないのか)

(Image source) On a bleak Sunday morning with the wind howling around my building and rain lashing against the windows, I got under a blanket and decided to watch Isn’t Anyone Alive (生けているものはいないのか / Ikiteiru mono wa inai no ka), a film directed by Gakuryu Ishii (石井 岳龍). Gakuryu Ishii, formerly known as Sogo Ishii (石井 聰互), is usually known for … Continue reading

Word of the Week: かわいい

Word of the Week: かわいい

It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last week we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘o’ (お), and focussed on the phrase お疲れ様です (otsukaresama desu); a useful phrase said at the end of the day or after completing a task. This week I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘ka’ (か). A big … Continue reading

East Side Stories: Love Strikes! (モテキ)

East Side Stories: Love Strikes! (モテキ)

Love Strikes! (モテキ / Moteki) (2011) Director: Hitoshi One Cast: Mirai Moriyama, Masami Nagasawa, Kumiko Aso, Riisa Naka, Yoko Maki There really is nothing like losing yourself in a movie for a couple of hours, and that’s exactly what I did this afternoon. I went to the Watershed in Bristol to see another of the Japan Foundation’s Touring Film Programme films – … Continue reading

JLPT study update

JLPT study update

Last November I announced that I would be taking the JLPT this year in July in a bid to increase my Japanese skills and focus my study efforts, so how have things been going? Well, I started taking private Japanese lessons in January, and they’ve been really good so far, but I have to admit … Continue reading

New sushi in Bristol: Unagi

New sushi in Bristol: Unagi

As I was wandering through the Harbourside Market in Bristol on Saturday on my way to the cinema, I was delighted to find a new stall selling sushi. I bought some for lunch, and it was so fresh and delicious – just what I needed! The box in the picture below only cost £4.50, and you … Continue reading

Word of the Week: お疲れ様です

Word of the Week: お疲れ様です

It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last week we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘e’ (え), and focussed on the phrase ええじゃないか (ee ja nai ka), meaning ‘what the hell!’, ‘who cares?’ or ‘why not?’. This week I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘o’ (お). A big thank you to … Continue reading

East Side Stories: Otakus in Love (恋の門)

East Side Stories: Otakus in Love (恋の門)

Otakus in Love (恋の門 / Koi no Mon) (2004) Director: Suzuki Matsuo Cast: Ryuhei Matsuda, Wakana Sakai, Suzuki Matsuo, Kiyoshiro Imawano, Hijiri Kojima The second of today’s movies was Otakus in Love (恋の門 / Koi no Mon), based on a manga by Jun Hanyunyuu. As I came out of the cinema I heard a fellow … Continue reading