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Japan by Prefecture: Hokkaido (北海道)

Japan by Prefecture: Hokkaido (北海道)

Welcome to the first in the series of ‘Japan by Prefecture‘ – a new weekly series here on Haikugirl’s Japan. It would be impossible to cover everything there is to say about a whole prefecture in one blog post, but this series aims to provide the highlights along with my personal favourites and suggestions from … Continue reading

A to Wa of Japan: Week 43

A to Wa of Japan: Week 43

It’s time for A to Wa of Japan again! Last week’s post was about things beginning with  る (ru) and we looked at Ruriko-ji (瑠璃光寺). This week we are looking at things beginning with れ (re). A big thank you to those who joined in with suggestions this week: Japan Australia suggested Rendai-ji (蓮台寺 / an onsen town in Shizuoka Prefecture), and … Continue reading

A to Wa of Japan: Week 41

A to Wa of Japan: Week 41

It’s time for A to Wa of Japan again! Last week’s post was about things beginning with  ら (ra) and we looked at Ranma (欄間 / らんま). This week we are looking at things beginning with り (ri). A big thank you to those who joined in with suggestions this week: Zooming Japan suggested Rilakkuma (リラックマ / a bear character); ThroughTheLookingGlassAndDownTheRabbitHole … Continue reading

A to Wa of Japan: Week 35

A to Wa of Japan: Week 35

It’s time for A to Wa of Japan again! Last week’s post was about things beginning with  む (mu) and we looked at Murasaki Shikibu (紫 式部).This week we are looking at things beginning with め (me). A big thank you to those who joined in with suggestions this week: Zooming Japan suggested Meguro (目黒 / an area of Tokyo), and mentaiko (明太子 / … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #24

Weekly Shiritori #24

Last week’s post was about Kuzumochi (くずもち / 葛餅), so this week I need to start with  ち (chi). Thank you for all your suggestions: アネケ with Chiba (千葉), chi (血 / blood), cha (茶 / tea) and chipsu (チップス / potato chips), and japanaustralia with chikuwa (竹輪) and chingensai (青梗菜 / Chinese Cabbage). They were all great … Continue reading

5 Reasons to Visit Japan in May

5 Reasons to Visit Japan in May

The J-Festa theme this month is “Japan in May“, so I thought I’d share my top 5 reasons to visit Japan in May. I know May is nearly over, but this way you can plan your trip for next year! March to May is generally considered to be spring in Japan, with summer (starting with … 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

Tsuyu

It is currently the rainy season (梅雨, Tsuyu or baiyu) in Japan.  The name actually means “plum rain”, because this rainy season happens at the same time as plums ripen in Japan.  I like the name “plum rain” – I think it’s very poetic.  Unfortunately, rainy season isn’t as poetic as its name.  On many … Continue reading

One year anniversary…

A year ago today I was a jumble of nerves and anticipation because, a year ago tomorrow, I was due to fly to Japan to start my new life as an English teacher in Nagoya.  It feels strange to look back at my early posts from my hotel room – I was half on holiday … Continue reading