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Okinawa Day 2012 in London

Okinawa Day 2012 in London

Last year I missed Okinawa Day in London because I went to the Brighton Japan Festival. This year I’ve decided to only go to the first weekend of the Brighton Japan Festival, which means I can go to Okinawa Day 2012 on 30th June. Here’s some more information about Okinawa Day: Okinawa Day 2012 @ … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #16

Weekly Shiritori #16

Last week’s post was about Tearai (てあらい/ 手洗い), so this week I need to start with い (i). I had a couple of suggestions for topics this week, including “izakaya” (居酒屋) and “irohauta” ( いろは歌) from a new reader, Lily. They are lovely suggestions, but I already covered izakayas in my A-Z of Japan series, and I’m afraid … Continue reading

5 Reasons to Visit Japan

***UPDATE: The September 2011 Blog Matsuri can now be viewed here: Reasons to Visit Japan.*** It’s Blog Matsuri time again, and this month the theme, hosted by A Modern Girl, is “Reasons to Visit Japan“. I don’t need to be asked twice to promote tourism in Japan, so without further ado, I give you: 5 … Continue reading

Brighton Japan Festival update #2

The sun was shining on the Brighton Japan Festival for its final day today – and what a day it was! I have hundreds of photos and loads of videos to sort out from yesterday and today and, owing to a busy week, I think the earliest I will be able to share any of … Continue reading

Haikugirl’s guide to… Japanese Shrines

From time to time, I will be producing some guides to various aspects of Japanese culture. I’m no expert, and I’m not fluent in Japanese, so you might find some mistakes (please let me know if you do!). My posts will simply be a collection of what I have learnt while living in Japan and … Continue reading

Setsubun (節分)

Tomorrow is the first day of spring, and I can already feel it in the air. The wind has died down, and I don’t feel quite so reluctant to step outside my door. To mark the eve of the first day of spring, there is a festival in Japan called “Setsubun” (節分).  “Setsubun” means “seasonal … Continue reading