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Japan 2015: All The Kit Kats!

Japan 2015: All The Kit Kats!

Finally, I’ve reached the very end of my 2015 Japan trip posts! It only took me six months… I thought I’d finish with a quick post about a theme which ran through my whole trip – Kit Kats! Back in 2014 I had the pleasure of visiting the first Kit Kat Chocolatory in Tokyo. Now there … Continue reading

Word of the Week: 染める

Word of the Week: 染める

It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last week we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘se’ (せ), and focussed on the words せーへん & せやな (seehen & seyana), which are Kansai dialect. This week I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘so’ (そ). A big thank you to those who joined in with suggestions … Continue reading

Word of the Week: かわいい

Word of the Week: かわいい

It’s time for Word of the Week again! Last week we looked at a Japanese word or phrase beginning with ‘o’ (お), and focussed on the phrase お疲れ様です (otsukaresama desu); a useful phrase said at the end of the day or after completing a task. This week I’m looking for a word or phrase beginning with ‘ka’ (か). A big … Continue reading

A to Wa of Japan: Week 11

A to Wa of Japan: Week 11

It’s time for A to Wa of Japan again! Last week’s post was about things beginning with け (ke) and we looked at Kesennuma (気仙沼). This week we are looking at things beginning with く (ku). A big thank you to everyone who joined in with suggestions this week: shiotadesu suggested Korilakkuma (コリラックマ / Rilakkuma’s little female friend), Kodomo no hi (子供の日 … 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

A rough guide to Japanese street fashion

A rough guide to Japanese street fashion

Since attending Hyper Japan Spring 2012 back in February, I have been meaning to post a number of things, and one of them is a little guide to Japanese street fashion. Although I don’t particularly follow any kind of fashion, I’ve always been interested in clothes and styles, and recently I’ve become quite fascinated by … Continue reading

Japan: Kingdom of Characters

Japan: Kingdom of Characters

This weekend I took a trip up to Norwich to visit a friend, and we went to see the exhibition Japan: Kingdom of Characters at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. Japan: Kingdom of Characters is on until 24th June and it’s free to enter. It’s quite a small exhibition, and you can’t take photos in … Continue reading

Kitty and the Bulldog: Lolita fashion and the influence of Britain, at the V&A

Kitty and the Bulldog: Lolita fashion and the influence of Britain, at the V&A

Kitty and the Bulldog is a free display at the V&A that will examine the relationship between Japanese Lolita fashion and its British sources. It will form part of the V&A’s British Design Season taking place across the Museum this spring. The display will feature seven Lolita designs that reflect different British influences on this rapidly expanding fashion phenomenon. A … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #11

Weekly Shiritori #11

Last week’s post was about Mameshiba (まめしば / 豆しば), so this week I need to start with ば (ba). I decided to write about… Basashi ( ばさし/ 馬刺し) (Image source) Basashi is raw horse meat. The word”basashi” actually comes from the words “baniku” (馬肉 / horse meat) and “sashimi” (刺身 / the general word for raw fish/meat) … Continue reading

Japan: Clichés and Stereotypes

Japan: Clichés and Stereotypes

What do you think of when you think of Japan? What words would you use to describe Japan? I’m sure most people would think of technology, Hello Kitty, sushi, and maybe geisha. They would use words like “bright”, “colourful”, “crazy”, and “strange”. I’m sure I’ve used a lot of these words and ideas, and I … Continue reading