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Japan 2015: Kyoto Story

Japan 2015: Kyoto Story

Geisha (芸者) and maiko (舞妓), apprentice geisha, are one of the symbols of Japan, and especially of Kyoto. I’ve always been fascinated by them, and by the extreme discipline involved in training to become a geisha, and have wanted for a long time to have the opportunity to meet one of these artisans. Many people … Continue reading

Japan 2014: Kyoto

Japan 2014: Kyoto

After two nights in Nagoya, it was time to continue my journey and do some more work. I went to Kyoto for two nights, stayed in two different hotels, and visited a whole bunch more hotels for work. My time in Kyoto was about 90% work, but I still found time for a little bit … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #49

Weekly Shiritori #49

Last week’s post was about Gunma (ぐんま / 群馬), so this week I need to start with ま (ma). A big thank you to everyone who joined in this week and played the game – UK Seikatsu who suggested Mario Brothers (マリオブラザース), Mameshiba (豆しば – which I wrote about in Week 10), manga (漫画), maguro (マグロ / tuna), … Continue reading

30 Things I Love About Japan

30 Things I Love About Japan

It’s my birthday today, so I’ve decided to write a very self-indulgent post featuring some of the things I love about Japan. I’ve picked 30 random topics off the top of my head, in no particular order – one for every candle on my virtual birthday cake. 😉 1. Takoyaki Osaka’s favourite octopus balls! 2. … 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