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Japan 2015: Having a Hoot in Tokyo

Japan 2015: Having a Hoot in Tokyo

One of the recent crazes in Japan is animal cafes. It started with cats and rabbits, and now extends to other creatures including birds, fish, reptiles and even goats. I’m not keen on birds as pets to be honest, so the thought of going to a cafe filled with owls was not something which particularly … Continue reading

Japan 2014: Kamikochi

Japan 2014: Kamikochi

I’ve never been much of one for hiking and the outdoors, but that all changed on May 17th when I visited Kamikochi (上高地). Taking a much-needed weekend off from my work duties in Japan, I met my friend and we travelled together to Kamikochi for a spot of hiking and fresh air. I think it … Continue reading

Japan 2014: Jigokudani and the Japanese Macaques

Japan 2014: Jigokudani and the Japanese Macaques

On May 15th, I paid my second visit to the Japanese macaques at Jigokudani Monkey Park (地獄谷野猿公苑) in Yamanouchi (山ノ内) near Yudanaka Onsen (湯田中温泉) in Nagano Prefecture (長野県) (read about my first visit in 2011 here). Famously known as ‘snow monkeys’, I wondered if the monkeys would be as appealing without the snow. They were! To … Continue reading

Word of the Week: ねこ words & phrases

Word of the Week: ねこ words & phrases

It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last time we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘ni’ (に), and focussed on the phrase ニコニコする (nikoniko suru), which means ‘to smile’. This week I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘ne’ (ね). A big thank you to everyone who joined in with their suggestions: … Continue reading

Japan 2014: Fish Tales

Japan 2014: Fish Tales

Can you believe I’ve been back from Japan for a month already? Apologies for being so slow at getting my photos uploaded and sharing my adventures with you all. However, now the JLPT is over (for the time being…) I can turn my attention back to blogging. Today I thought I’d share a fishy adventure… … Continue reading

Postcard from Japan: Monkey Magic

Postcard from Japan: Monkey Magic

I’ve been in Japan less than five full days and have already taken around 1,400 photos. Oops. I really couldn’t help myself when we visited the Jigokudani snow monkey park in Yudanaka Onsen today though. These Japanese macaques are just too damn cute.

A to Wa of Japan: Week 28

A to Wa of Japan: Week 28

It’s time for A to Wa of Japan again! Last week’s post was about things beginning with は (ha) and we looked at Hakone (箱根). This week we are looking at things beginning with ひ (hi). A big thank you to those who joined in with suggestions this week: Japan Australia suggested Hinamatsuri (雛祭り / Doll’s or Girl’s Day), Himure Hachimangu (日牟禮八幡宮 / a shrine in Shiga … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #30

Weekly Shiritori #30

Last week’s post was about Tanuki (たぬき / 狸), so this week I need to start with き (ki). A big thank you to japanaustralia for always playing along and for this week suggesting kimono (着物), Kiso Valley (木曾谷 / Kiso-dani), and Kimutaku (a member of the band SMAP). However, as it’s summertime, I decided to write about… Kingyo-sukui (きんぎょすくい / 金魚すくい) (Image … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #29

Weekly Shiritori #29

Last week’s post was about Rikuzentakata (りくぜんたかた / 陸前高田), so this week I need to start with た (ta). A big thank you to japanaustralia for suggesting Takayama (高山), Takamatsu (高松), Takahashi (高梁), tanuki (狸 / an animal), and taue (田植 / planting rice). In the end, I decided to write about… Tanuki (たぬき / 狸) Tanuki are something you will, without a doubt, notice if you … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #17

Weekly Shiritori #17

Last week’s post was about ikebana (いけばな/ 生け花), so this week I need to start with な (na). I had a couple of suggestions for topics this week, including ナルト (Naruto) – the manga – from ラマタ  and なると (Naruto) – the fish cakes – from Alyse. Kiki suggested  natto (納豆 / fermented soya beans), Nara (奈良 / a city in Kansai), … Continue reading