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Reasons to visit Japan #1

Reasons to visit Japan #1

It’s no secret that I would happily book a holiday to Japan today if I had the money, and I’m always on the look out for more reasons to add to my list of “why it’s ok to consider getting into debt to visit the country I love”. So, throughout the year I will sometimes … Continue reading

Japan in NYC

Japan in NYC

Just before Christmas I went on a little holiday to New York and while I was there I made sure to keep my eyes open for Japanese-related stuff. I wasn’t disappointed! On my first night I visited Starbucks and was delighted to discover that the rumours I had heard were true – Matcha (Green Tea) … Continue reading

A-Z of Japan: L is for…

I’m not even going to entertain other possibilities for this week’s A-Z of Japan post. There is only one thing that L could be for… L is for… Lost in Translation! (Source) I know some of you reading this will disagree with me but, in my opinion, Lost in Translation is one of the best … Continue reading

A-Z of Japan: G is for…

When contemplating the next post in my A-Z of Japan series, I thought I might write about geisha (芸者), ganguro (顔黒) or gashapon (ガシャポン). However, there was another topic that was in my mind, a topic I haven’t been able to forget about since leaving Japan. So… G is for… Green Tea Frappuccino! Known as “Matcha … Continue reading

Everything’s coming up sakura…

Spring seems to have sprung in Hamamatsu and the cherry blossom (sakura) is starting to bloom.  For more than a month now I have been seeing sakura designs on everything from alcoholic drinks: ☆★☆ To Starbucks: To my co-worker’s fingernails: And muffins: Sakura symbolises more than just the start of spring in Japan. Sakura has … Continue reading

Sakura Starbucks…

I was planning to write about the Starbucks sakura campaign but I’d been a bit lazy about it and now Alice over at SuperHappyAwesome has gone and beat me to it. But her piece is so lovely and the photos are so beautiful, so I don’t mind being beaten to the post (literally!). 😉 Anyway, … Continue reading

My Japanese Advent Calendar – December 11th

I’m always excited when I see the red cups appear in Starbucks, because I know that means it’s officially Christmas! These Christmas drinks have been available since some time in November, and will disappear at the end of December, I think. In Japan this year, the Starbucks special Christmas drinks are: キャラメル エクレール ラテ (Caramel … Continue reading

Let’s Santa!

Today was the 冬フェス (Fuyu Fesu = Winter Festival) opening day in Hamamatsu. I went along to see what it was all about and was happy to see so much Christmas in the air… well, so many santas anyway!  Surprisingly, there weren’t that many people there. I think the event wasn’t advertised that well, to … Continue reading