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Japan 2015: Oigawa Railway Adventure

Japan 2015: Oigawa Railway Adventure

Back when I was a teacher at AEON we used to use these textbooks that had conversations in them for the students to practice. I can still recite bits of some of the more memorable conversations, and one that has always stuck in my mind is this one: It was a bit of a ridiculous … Continue reading

Japan by Prefecture: Shizuoka (静岡県)

Japan by Prefecture: Shizuoka (静岡県)

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 Shizuoka (静岡県). Shizuoka Prefecture is part of the Chubu Region (中部地方) and the capital is Shizuoka City (静岡市). Thank you to Zooming Japan, Japan Australia, Uncovering Japan and Paul for making … Continue reading

A to Wa of Japan: Week 24

A to Wa of Japan: Week 24

It’s time for A to Wa of Japan again (a little earlier than usual as I’ve got a busy weekend ahead)! Last week’s post was about things beginning with に (ni) and we looked at ninja (忍者). This week we are looking at things beginning with ぬ (nu). A big thank you to everyone who joined in with suggestions this week: … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #12

Weekly Shiritori #12

Last week’s post was about Basashi ( ばさし/ 馬刺し), so this week I need to start with し (shi). I decided to write about… Shizuoka ( しずおか/ 静岡) Shizuoka Prefecture (Shizuoka-ken / 静岡県) is located in central Japan, on Honshu (the main island of Japan), and the capital is Shizuoka City (Shizuoka-shi). I lived in Hamamatsu City in … Continue reading

A-Z of Japan: U is for…

My A-Z of Japan is drawing to a close, but there are still a few letters left. This week, for U, I considered writing about the popular clothing store Uniqlo (ユニクロ). I also thought Ueno Zoo (上野動物園) might be a good topic. I could even have written about the tale of Urashima Taro (浦島 太郎), but … 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

OHAKO & Time for Tea at the ICN gallery

I was very excited to attend my first every gallery opening last week. The ICN gallery in London (EC2A 4RH) opened with an exhibition of work by Japanese artists, called “OHAKO” (十八番). “Ohako” is a Japanese term referring to one’s strongest talent or skill. The word “ohako” also means “box”. This exhibition invited about 30 … Continue reading

Hamamatsu Hanami

There has been a lot of talk of subdued “hanami” (cherry blossom viewing) parties this year, or even cancelling them altogether. While of course I respect that some people are in mourning, or simply don’t have the means to have a hanami party this year due to the huge disaster in Tohoku, I do think … Continue reading

Shake it up baby, now…

Yesterday we sung “Twist and Shout” at karaoke and now I’m reminded of the lyrics… Well, shake it up, baby, now (Shake it up, baby) Twist and shout (Twist and shout) C’mon, c’mon, c’mon, c’mon, baby, now (Come on baby) Come on and work it on out (Work it on out) One month on from … Continue reading