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The Holburne Museum

The Holburne Museum

A few weeks ago I visited the Holburne Museum in Bath. I first heard about the Holburne Museum at a netsuke exhibition at the Embassy of Japan earlier this year, just before I moved to Bristol. I noted down that the museum had a small collection of netsuke, and decided I must make time to visit. … Continue reading

A washi paper gift…

A washi paper gift…

I had a little surprise in the post the other day – a long-awaited prize which, to be honest I had given up on. You might remember that back in June I won a Brighton Japan Festival photo contest – well, due to some kind of mix-up, I never actually received my prize. Anyway, I … Continue reading

Origami inspired homemade Christmas cards

Origami inspired homemade Christmas cards

I decided to have a go at making some Christmas cards this year, using some Christmas origami paper and origami folding techniques. What do you think? I might start a bit earlier next year and try to make a few more if they’re popular! 😀

Shopping @ Hyper Japan 2012 Christmas

Shopping @ Hyper Japan 2012 Christmas

In my final post about Hyper Japan 2012 Christmas I thought I’d focus on the true spirit of Christmas – shopping! 😉 Hyper Japan was the place to pick up kawaii (cute) and otaku (geeky) Christmas presents this year, and I could have spent a fortune just on presents for myself! Other than the food … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #50

Weekly Shiritori #50

Last week’s post was about maiko (まいこ / 舞妓), so this week I need to start with こ (ko). A big thank you to everyone who joined in this week and played the game – UK Seikatsu who suggested koi (鯉 / carp), kokeshi (こけし / traditional Japanese dolls), cosplay (コスプレ/ costume play), kotatsu (こたつ / a … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #45

Weekly Shiritori #45

Last week’s post was about chirashizushi (ちらしずし / ちらし寿司), so this week I need to start with し (shi). A big thank you to everyone who joined in this week – JapanAustralia with Shiga (滋賀) and Shirakawa-go (白川郷), lovelycomplex with film director Sion (Shion) Sono (園 子温) and ZoomingJapan with Shingu (新宮) (I assume you mean Shingu in Wakayama and not the one in … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #33

Weekly Shiritori #33

Last week’s post was about Umeda (うめだ / 梅田), so this week I need to start with  だ (da). A big thank you to lovelycomplex22 for suggesting daruma (達磨) and japanaustralia for suggesting Dazaifu (太宰府) in Kyushu, dango (団子 / Japanese dumplings) and daibutsu (big Buddha statues) – which you know I love. I’ve written about daibutsu a lot before though, so this … Continue reading

Exhibition: “re:new tohoku” at Asia House

Exhibition: “re:new tohoku” at Asia House

If you’re in London this weekend I urge you to visit the free exhibition of crafts from Tohoku (the region in northeastern Japan which was devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in March 2011) which is currently on display at Asia House – only until Sunday! Tonight I had the pleasure of … Continue reading