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A-Z of Japan

A-Z of Japan

My A-Z of Japan has finally come to an end. In case you missed any installments, here they all are again: A is for… Azuki Beans B is for… Basho C is for… Cicada D is for… Daibutsu E is for… Ema F is for… Fans G is for… Green Tea Frappuccino H is for… … Continue reading

A-Z of Japan: Z is for…

A-Z of Japan: Z is for…

Here it is – the final installment in my A-Z of Japan! So, what could Z be for? The obvious choice would be zen, but I don’t know enough about it to write a “quick guide to zen”. I also considered writing about the 2003 movie Zatoichi, but I have to confess I didn’t really … Continue reading

A-Z of Japan: Y is for…

This is the penultimate post in my A-Z of Japan series, so it’s time for Y. Y could be for a lot of things, such as the beautiful city Yokohama (横浜) in Kanagawa Prefecture, the amazing island Yakushima (屋久島) which I would love to visit one day, or the citrus fruit yuzu (ゆず). I also considered … Continue reading

A-Z of Japan: X is for…

We’re down to the final three in my A-Z of Japan now, and it’s time for X. There was only one topic that came to mind for the tricky letter, so without further ado… X is for… X Japan! (X Japan Official Website) X Japan (エックス ジャパン) are a Japanese heavy metal band. I’ll confess right … Continue reading

A-Z of Japan: W is for…

It’s A-Z of Japan time again, and this week I’ve been wondering what W should stand for. I thought about all of the wonderful World Heritage Sites in Japan, but I’ve only visited a handful of them. I also thought about the concept of wabi-sabi (侘寂), but it’s not something I know much about. Then I … Continue reading

A-Z of Japan: V is for…

What a struggle it has been to think of something to write about for this week’s A-Z of Japan. Apart from Digimon characters and the manga “Vampire Hunter D”, there aren’t really many things beginning with V in Japanese culture. Actually, the letter V doesn’t even exist in Japanese. However, I was looking through some … Continue reading

A-Z of Japan: U is for…

My A-Z of Japan is drawing to a close, but there are still a few letters left. This week, for U, I considered writing about the popular clothing store Uniqlo (ユニクロ). I also thought Ueno Zoo (上野動物園) might be a good topic. I could even have written about the tale of Urashima Taro (浦島 太郎), but … Continue reading

A-Z of Japan: T is for…

When thinking about what to write about for T in this week’s A-Z of Japan, a lot of topics came to mind. Naturally, I thought of my favourite food: takoyaki (たこ焼き). I also thought of the wonderful music which comes from taiko (太鼓) drums. Of course, I could have simply written about Tokyo (東京). However, I’ve decided … 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

A-Z of Japan: R is for…

I’ve been so busy this week that I almost forgot it was A-Z of Japan time! This week is R, and it wasn’t difficult to decide what to write about. I did consider ramen (ラーメン), but I can’t eat it because it isn’t usually veggie. Another option could have been rakugo (落語) – a traditional Japanese … Continue reading