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Winter in Japan

Winter in Japan

This month’s J-Festa is all about “Winter in Japan“. Since the announcement of the theme, I’ve been trying to decide what to write about. I lived in the Chubu region of Japan, so I haven’t experienced harsh winters. It snowed a couple of times, but it was light snow that didn’t last long. It was … Continue reading

Reasons to visit Japan #1

Reasons to visit Japan #1

It’s no secret that I would happily book a holiday to Japan today if I had the money, and I’m always on the look out for more reasons to add to my list of “why it’s ok to consider getting into debt to visit the country I love”. So, throughout the year I will sometimes … Continue reading

A-Z of Japan: Q is for…

It’s A-Z of Japan time again, and this week it’s Q, which is a bit of a tough one. I’ve been racking my brains all week to think of a good topic. I considered being a bit sneaking and writing about Fuji-Q High Land, but that’s not really a Q. I also thought about topics … Continue reading

A taste of summer in Japan…

This month’s Japan Blog Matsuri theme is Summer Lovin’, and so I’ve been thinking a lot about what summer in Japan is like. For the most part, it’s incredibly hot, ridiculously humid, and not a season I miss at all. At times, the heat is so intense that it makes doing anything quite impossible. Working … Continue reading

A-Z of Japan: I is for…

“I” could be for many things, in my A-Z of Japan. I could go all traditional and write about ikebana (生け花 / flower arranging), or perhaps reminisce about the time I did ichigo-gari (strawberry picking) with my friends in Japan. But, after much deliberation, I’ve decided that “I” should be for a word that visitors to Japan … Continue reading

A-Z of Japan: G is for…

When contemplating the next post in my A-Z of Japan series, I thought I might write about geisha (芸者), ganguro (顔黒) or gashapon (ガシャポン). However, there was another topic that was in my mind, a topic I haven’t been able to forget about since leaving Japan. So… G is for… Green Tea Frappuccino! Known as “Matcha … Continue reading

The magical museum in Mitaka…

Carrying on from my previous post, you might remember that it was April 20th and I was in Inokashira Park, waiting to go into the Ghibli Museum. I had visited the Ghibli Museum before, back in 2006, but since then I have become much more of a Ghibli fan and seen a lot more of … Continue reading

Quick Japan-fixes in London

I spent the day in London yesterday because I had some meetings at recruitment agencies (still no job… sigh). While I was there, I took the opportunity to get some quick Japan-fixes… First, I accidentally ordered a Matcha Chiller in Eat. I know, I know. How can you “accidentally” order something?! Well, I was thinking … Continue reading

Today I am drinking…

…Arizona Asia Plum Green Tea with Ginseng and Plum Juice: I’m not sure if this really qualifies as Japanese, but it’s made with green tea and it’s the closest thing I’ve found to iced tea here. (It’s also absolutely delicious!) In Japan I lived on Lipton iced tea and similar products. Things like this: But … Continue reading

Everything’s coming up sakura…

Spring seems to have sprung in Hamamatsu and the cherry blossom (sakura) is starting to bloom.  For more than a month now I have been seeing sakura designs on everything from alcoholic drinks: ☆★☆ To Starbucks: To my co-worker’s fingernails: And muffins: Sakura symbolises more than just the start of spring in Japan. Sakura has … Continue reading