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Ichigo Ichie: Sumo Soup: Living Large with Chanko Nabe

Ichigo Ichie: Sumo Soup: Living Large with Chanko Nabe

“Ichigo ichie” (一期一会): a Japanese idiom meaning “one time, one meeting”. The phrase embodies the cultural concept of treasuring meetings with people, and is often translated as “one chance in a lifetime”, reminding people to cherish any meeting or experience they are part of, as they may not be repeated. The phrase “ichigo ichie” has been … Continue reading

2020 Tokyo Olympics!

2020 Tokyo Olympics!

News just in – Tokyo has won the bid to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games! Well done Tokyo – you deserve to be in the news for something good. I have to say, I didn’t really get into the London Olympics last year (although it was a great thing for London and the … Continue reading

A to Wa of Japan: Week 32

A to Wa of Japan: Week 32

It’s time for A to Wa of Japan again! Last week’s post was about things beginning with  ほ (ho) and we looked at Horyuji (法隆寺).This week we are looking at things beginning with ま (ma). A big thank you to those who joined in with suggestions this week: Japan Australia suggested Matsumoto Castle (松本城 / a castle in Nagano Prefecture), Magome (馬籠宿 / … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #40

Weekly Shiritori #40

Last week’s post was about Purikura (プリクラ), so this week I need to start with ら (ra). A big thank you to everyone who joined in this week, and a reminder to everyone who’s playing the game that you can’t play words ending with ん (n) because no words begin with ん and it would … Continue reading

Okinawa Day 2012

Okinawa Day 2012

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending Okinawa Day 2012 in Spitalfields, London. The event celebrates the culture of Okinawa Prefecture; the southernmost prefecture of Japan. Okinawa Prefecture (沖縄県) consists of hundreds of the Ryukyu Islands (琉球諸島 / Ryūkyū-shotō or 南西諸島 / Nansei-shotō) in a chain over 1,000 kilometres long, which extends southwest from Kyūshū (九州) (the southwesternmost of Japan’s … Continue reading

Hyper Japan Spring 2012

Hyper Japan Spring 2012

Friday 24th to Sunday 26th February saw J-fever take over Brompton Hall in Earl’s Court, London. For the best part of three days, Hyper Japan Spring 2012 celebrated Japanese culture, both traditional and modern. I have to admit, I had mixed feeling on the first day. The event was in a different location, and it … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #6

Weekly Shiritori #6

Last week’s post was about mononoke (もののけ / 物の怪), so this week I need to start with け (ke). I decided to write about… Kendo (けんどう / 剣道)  Kendo is a Japanese martial art. If you can read the kanji, it is easy to understand what kind of martial art kendo is. The first character, 剣, means … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #2

Weekly Shiritori #2

Last week I started my new weekly series: Weekly Shiritori. The first word was “shiritori” (the name of the game!) – click here if you missed that! So, “shiritori” is written しりとり, which means that this week’s word has to begin with り (ri). I had one topic suggestion from a fellow blogger, Alyse of … Continue reading

A-Z of Japan: N is for…

N could be for a number of things, in my A-Z of Japan. Ninja (忍者) or natto (納豆)? Nikko (日光市) or NHK? Or even Noda (野田), the new Prime Minister of Japan. But I’ve decided to write about something else. Something important to me… N is for… Nagoya! Nagoya is the third-largest incorporated city and the fourth most populous urban … Continue reading