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Japan by Prefecture: Fukushima (福島県)

Japan by Prefecture: Fukushima (福島県)

It’s time for ‘Japan by Prefecture‘ again! This is the series that aims to provide the highlights of each prefecture of Japan, along with my personal favourites and suggestions from readers. This week, we’re looking at Fukushima Prefecture (福島県). Fukushima Prefecture is part of the Tohoku region (東北地方) in northern Honshu, and its capital city is Fukushima City (福島市). In 2011 Fukushima hit the … Continue reading

Guest Post: Words from Tohoku on the 2nd Anniversary

Guest Post: Words from Tohoku on the 2nd Anniversary

Welcome to the first ever guest post on Haikugirl’s Japan! I don’t normally invite guest posts, preferring to write everything myself (this is Haikugirl’s Japan, after all, and my intention is for this blog to be about the way I see Japan). But, for the anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami today I really … Continue reading

Thinking of Tohoku this Christmas

Thinking of Tohoku this Christmas

The following text comes from a newsletter I received from TERP London (the Tohoku Earthquake Relief Project). I wouldn’t usually just copy text from somewhere, but this is important information about ways in which we can still help people living in the Tohoku region of Japan who might be having a less merry Christmas than … Continue reading

Japan Festival 2012: A night of music from Japan

Japan Festival 2012: A night of music from Japan

There’s so much going on in London at the moment, and with not one by TWO Japanese culture festivals happening right now I was spoilt for choice. Japan Festival 2012 started on Wednesday 25th July and continues until Tuesday 7th August, at Broadgate Circle, near Liverpool Street Station. I popped along on Thursday after work … Continue reading

Exhibition: “re:new tohoku” at Asia House

Exhibition: “re:new tohoku” at Asia House

If you’re in London this weekend I urge you to visit the free exhibition of crafts from Tohoku (the region in northeastern Japan which was devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in March 2011) which is currently on display at Asia House – only until Sunday! Tonight I had the pleasure of … Continue reading

March 11th – six months on

“Now all we can do is look forward. We only have one life, after all.” Takashige Kowata, Fukushima evacuee. I know a lot of people are thinking about America today, what with it being ten years since 9/11. But for me (and for many people), it’s a different anniversary. Today marks six months since the … 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

One week on…

It’s been a week since the Tohoku region of Japan got hit by a huge 9.0-magnitude earthquake which triggered a tsunami with waves of up to 10 metres high. Despite what certain media sources would have you believe, most of Japan is now pretty much back to normal. I don’t want to belittle what happened … Continue reading