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A new addition to my kokeshi family

A new addition to my kokeshi family

Whilst I was at HYPER JAPAN recently I came across a stall selling old kokeshi (こけし) dolls (the stall was part of Kimono De Go). As a collector of kokeshi I was curious to see how much they were charging for dolls which were probably found at flea markets. They hand a range of dolls in … Continue reading

Japan by Prefecture: Mie (三重県)

Japan by Prefecture: Mie (三重県)

It’s time for ‘Japan by Prefecture‘ again! This is the series that aims to provide the highlights of each prefecture of Japan, along with my personal favourites and suggestions from readers. This week, we’re looking at Mie (三重県). Mie Prefecture is part of the Kansai Region (関西地方) and the capital is Tsu (津市). Mie Prefecture isn’t somewhere a lot of tourists go to, … 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

Weekly Shiritori #31

Weekly Shiritori #31

Last week’s post was about kingyo-sukui (きんぎょすくい / 金魚すくい), so this week I need to start with  い (i). A big thank you to japanaustralia for suggesting ika (イカ / squid), ikasumi pasta (イカスミ パスタ / squid ink pasta), Iga (伊賀 / the home of ninja in Mie prefecture), ikebana (生け花 / flower arrangement), and two of his favourite places in Japan – Ise Jingu (伊勢神宮) and … Continue reading

Atsuta Jingu and Ise Jingu

I decided to start the year in style – Japanese style!  On January 1st, my mum and I went to Atsuta Jingu, and on January 2nd we went to Ise Jingu.  These shrines are, I believe, two of the biggest and most important shrines in the Shinto religion.  Of course, that means that both shrines … Continue reading

Golden Week

As my Golden Week is ending, I thought it was time for a blog.  Golden Week is a wonderful collection of public holidays, which results in many companies closing for a week, including mine.  My holiday started on April 29th and the last day is May 6th.  It’s been sooooooo nice to have some time … Continue reading