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RapMushi (ラップムシ)

RapMushi (ラップムシ)

Everyone at work was feeling a bit under the weather today, and lunchtime turned to silliness. My colleague decided to introduce us to an app called RapMushi (ラップムシ) which he had on his iPhone, and I have now downloaded on my iPad. The app’s free – I wouldn’t have downloaded it if it wasn’t – and … Continue reading

Theatre Review: Siro-A

Theatre Review: Siro-A

I went to the theatre last night and now I’m going to try to review what I saw, but I’m still a little lost for words to be honest. I hoped that after a day Siro-A’s performance at the Leicester Square Theatre would have sunk in and I would have found a way to describe … Continue reading

Kumo Lumo – a kawaii new iOS game!

Kumo Lumo – a kawaii new iOS game!

I’m not a huge gamer, but when I stumbled upon Kumo Lumo this evening I was curious because, of course, it has some kind of Japanese connection… ‘Kumo’ (雲) is Japanese for ‘cloud’ (also for ‘spider’, but spelt differently – クモ). Interestingly, the Japanese below ‘Kumo Lumo’ in the picture above says「クラウド光輝」(kurawudo (cloud) kouki), which … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #39

Weekly Shiritori #39

Last week’s post was about Beppu (べっぷ / 別府), so this week I need to start with ぷ (pu). A big thank you to japanaustralia for joining in the game of Shiritori this week and suggesting Puccho (ぷっちょ) – a kind of Japanese sweets, and puroyakyuu (ぷろやきゅう), professional baseball. However, this week I had a burning desire to write … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #15

Weekly Shiritori #15

Last week’s post was about Iwate (いわて/ 岩手), so this week I need to start with て (te). This game of shiritori is so much more fun when you join in with your comments and suggestions, and this week I had an interesting suggestion for a て topic from ラマタ. She suggested I write about… Tearai … Continue reading

A taste of Valentine’s Day in Japan

A taste of Valentine’s Day in Japan

Have you ever wondered what Valentine’s Day is like in Japan, and how different it is to the UK? Well, at first glance it doesn’t seem that different. It’s basically an excuse to buy chocolate, and lots of it! The shops fill up with more cute candy than you can shake a chopstick at, although … Continue reading

My Girlfriend is a Cyborg

My Girlfriend is a Cyborg

Cyborg She or 僕の彼女はサイボーグ (Boku no Kanojo wa Saibōgu) – literally, My Girlfriend is a Cyborg – is a bit of a mind-bending movie. This 2008 Japanese film by South Korean director & writer Kwak Jae-yong stars Haruka Ayase and Keisuke Koide, and is about a geeky boy’s relationship with a cyborg from the future. I … Continue reading

A-Z of Japan: S is for…

When thinking about what to write for S in my A-Z of Japan, I’m really spoilt for choice. I could write about sushi (寿司), soba (蕎麦) or shochu (焼酎). Shinto (神道), shukubo (temple lodging), or shojin ryori (Buddhist cuisine). Sapporo (札幌市), Shibuya (渋谷区) or Shizuoka (静岡県). Sakura (桜), sumo (相撲) or shrines (神社). All of those would be good topics, but I’ve decided … Continue reading

Technology at Hyper Japan

It’s disgraceful, I know, but I actually still haven’t finished writing up all my posts about Hyper Japan, which happened in London in July. Anyway, here’s a brief post about technology at Hyper Japan… I love technology, but I’m certainly no expert. I just think technology is cool. I like the idea of computer games, … Continue reading