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Weekly Shiritori #2

Weekly Shiritori #2

Last week I started my new weekly series: Weekly Shiritori. The first word was “shiritori” (the name of the game!) – click here if you missed that! So, “shiritori” is written しりとり, which means that this week’s word has to begin with り (ri). I had one topic suggestion from a fellow blogger, Alyse of … 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

A-Z of Japan: T is for…

When thinking about what to write about for T in this week’s A-Z of Japan, a lot of topics came to mind. Naturally, I thought of my favourite food: takoyaki (たこ焼き). I also thought of the wonderful music which comes from taiko (太鼓) drums. Of course, I could have simply written about Tokyo (東京). However, I’ve decided … Continue reading

J-Festa: Entertainment in Japan

I don’t know what has happened to October, but it’s almost over and that means the deadline for this month’s J-Festa has snuck up on me. October’s theme is: Entertainment in Japan, and here’s my entry! There are so many forms of entertainment in Japan, and what you choose simply depends what you’re into. I … Continue reading

A-Z of Japan: N is for…

N could be for a number of things, in my A-Z of Japan. Ninja (忍者) or natto (納豆)? Nikko (日光市) or NHK? Or even Noda (野田), the new Prime Minister of Japan. But I’ve decided to write about something else. Something important to me… N is for… Nagoya! Nagoya is the third-largest incorporated city and the fourth most populous urban … Continue reading

Events in Japan: Festivals

Whenever I hear that someone is going to Japan I get so excited for them and want to share advice about all the wonderful things to do there. One thing I would recommend to all visitors is to try to check out a festival (matsuri/祭り) while you’re there. All throughout the year there are various … 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

A-Z of Japan: D is for…

Anyone who knows me will know that there is only one possible topic for this week’s A-Z of Japan. In my mind, D is not for dango (団子), Doraemon (ドラえもん) or Dragon Ball (ドラゴンボール). D is for… Daibutsu! Daibutsu (大仏) are giant Buddha statues, and I love them. In fact, I love them so much that … Continue reading