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Happy Hello Kitty Easter

Happy Hello Kitty Easter

It seems Hello Kitty really is here to stay in England (wish she’d been so popular when I was a kid!). My local Sainsbury’s had these Hello Kitty Easter eggs for sale: What with the Hello Kitty crackers I found at Christmas, and now these Easter eggs, I think it’s fair to say that she’s … Continue reading

Monthly Recipe: Pancake Day!

Monthly Recipe: Pancake Day!

Today is Shrove Tuesday in England – also known as “pancake day”. Pancake Day doesn’t really exist in Japan, because Easter isn’t celebrated (except for Christians in Japan, of course). However, pancakes do exist in Japan, and they’re pretty popular. I decided I wanted to eat pancakes this year, but I wanted to eat Japanese … Continue reading

A taste of Valentine’s Day in Japan

A taste of Valentine’s Day in Japan

Have you ever wondered what Valentine’s Day is like in Japan, and how different it is to the UK? Well, at first glance it doesn’t seem that different. It’s basically an excuse to buy chocolate, and lots of it! The shops fill up with more cute candy than you can shake a chopstick at, although … Continue reading

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

Let’s Merry Xmas!

Let’s Merry Xmas!

Merry Christmas everyone!  メリークリスマス! Thank you for reading all year and sticking with me even though I left Japan. Please keep reading in the New Year, as I will strive to keep up my promise of weekly posts about Japan, Japanese culture, and Japanese-related happenings in the UK. If you’ve never experienced Christmas in Japan, … Continue reading

Christmas Cards in Japan

Christmas Cards in Japan

It’s J-Festa time again, and this month’s theme is Christmas in Japan. Christmas in Japan is a curious thing. December 25th is not a holiday in Japan, and most of the action takes place on December 24th, which is a big date night. By the end of December 25th, most traces of Christmas have completely gone … Continue reading

Happy Pocky Day!

It’s November 11th, 2011… It’s Pocky day! 😀 (Buy Pocky in the UK from Tofu Cute) Why is it Pocky day? Because 11.11.11 looks like a bunch of Pocky, that’s why! No, I didn’t make this up myself. 11th November is always Pocky Day, but this year is an extra special one because of the … 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

Ocean Day (海の日)

Today is Ocean Day (Umi no hi / 海の日) in Japan. Ocean Day (also known as Marine Day or Sea Day) happens on the third Monday in July. According to Wikipedia: “The day was known as Marine Memorial Day (海の記念日 umi no kinen bi) until 1996. Communications Minister Shozo Murata designated the holiday in 1942 to … Continue reading