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Japan 2014: Ushiku Daibutsu

Japan 2014: Ushiku Daibutsu

I’ve been back from Japan for almost three weeks now and in a weird way it’s like it never happened. Work is in full swing, and I’ve hardly had a moment to stop. Still, my house is happily full of Japanese food and souvenirs, and I have thousands of photos to remind me of the … Continue reading

Postcard from Japan: Daibutsu

Postcard from Japan: Daibutsu

Today I climbed a mountain in the pouring rain to see this: I got completely soaked, and it was exhausting, but it was worth it! More on this place – Nokogiri – in the future! I have just one more day left in Japan, so I need to get a good night’s sleep tonight…

Postcard from Japan: Name That Buddha

Postcard from Japan: Name That Buddha

For those of you that don’t know, I love bug Buddhas. It’s hard to explain, but there’s something very calming about their faces. Can you identify this one…? Hint: it’s not the Great Buddha of Kamakura. It’s even greater!   This is the Ushiku Daibustu. It was quite a trek to get there, but totally … Continue reading

A to Wa of Japan: Week 26

A to Wa of Japan: Week 26

It’s time for A to Wa of Japan again! Last week’s post was about things beginning with ね (ne) and we looked at the Nebuta Matsuri (ねぶた祭り). This week we are looking at things beginning with の (no). A big thank you to those who joined in with suggestions this week: Zooming Japan suggested Nobunaga Oda (織田 信長 / daimyo and initiator of the unification of Japan,  1534 … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #17

Weekly Shiritori #17

Last week’s post was about ikebana (いけばな/ 生け花), so this week I need to start with な (na). I had a couple of suggestions for topics this week, including ナルト (Naruto) – the manga – from ラマタ  and なると (Naruto) – the fish cakes – from Alyse. Kiki suggested  natto (納豆 / fermented soya beans), Nara (奈良 / a city in Kansai), … 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

Discovering Japan… at the British Museum

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to visit the British Museum. The British Museum runs a whole bunch of free tours and talks run by volunteers, but I had no idea until my Twitter friend, @ypldn, asked me to join the Japan tour that he was running. The Japan rooms in the British Museum (rooms 92-94) … Continue reading

A-Z of Japan: D is for…

Anyone who knows me will know that there is only one possible topic for this week’s A-Z of Japan. In my mind, D is not for dango (団子), Doraemon (ドラえもん) or Dragon Ball (ドラゴンボール). D is for… Daibutsu! Daibutsu (大仏) are giant Buddha statues, and I love them. In fact, I love them so much that … Continue reading

Narita – not just an airport…

Well readers, I have almost caught up with writing about my final Tokyo-area trip. On April 21st, I woke up with a heavy heart because it was my last full day in Japan. 😦 Due to flight times, and worrying about earthquakes/blackouts etc, I decided it was probably best if I spent the day based … Continue reading