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A-Z of Japan: Q is for…

It’s A-Z of Japan time again, and this week it’s Q, which is a bit of a tough one. I’ve been racking my brains all week to think of a good topic. I considered being a bit sneaking and writing about Fuji-Q High Land, but that’s not really a Q. I also thought about topics … Continue reading

A-Z of Japan: P is for…

In my A-Z of Japan, P could be for Pokemon  (ポケモン), purikura (プリクラ) (Japanese photo stickers from a photo booth) or pachinko (パチンコ) (a Japanese game which is sort of like a pinball machine crossed with a slot machine). But instead, I’ve decided that… P is for… pagoda! Pagodas are featured in a number of different … Continue reading

A-Z of Japan: O is for…

When thinking about what O should be for in my A-Z of Japan, I thought of origami (折り紙) (the art of paper folding), Osaka (大阪) (a fabulous, exciting city) and otaku (おたく) (Japanese geeks or fanboys, often collectors of anime, manga or computer games). But instead of those topics, I have decided to write about something which … 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

A-Z of Japan: M is for…

The obvious choice for M in my A-Z of Japan would be matcha (抹茶), but I talk about the all the time.  Another far too obvious topic would be manga (漫画) but, as I’ve often said, I’m really not into it enough to be able to write at length. Anyway, where would you begin with such a … 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: K is for…

There are so many things that K could be for in my A-Z of Japan. Perhaps karate (空手), karaoke (カラオケ), kimono (着物) or kabuki (歌舞伎)? Kamakura (鎌倉市), Kyoto (京都), or Kanazawa (金沢市)? I was tempted to write about kawaii culture, but Emily over at My Kawaii Space does that better than I ever could (Do check out her Hello Kitty competition, by … Continue reading

A-Z of Japan: J is for…

It’s time for the next instalment of my A-Z of Japan, and today I’m looking at J. Of course, J could be for the martial art judo (柔道). Or perhaps the Japanese word for shrine – jinja (神社). But I’ve decided to write about something which I have a particular soft-spot for… J is for… … Continue reading

A-Z of Japan: I is for…

“I” could be for many things, in my A-Z of Japan. I could go all traditional and write about ikebana (生け花 / flower arranging), or perhaps reminisce about the time I did ichigo-gari (strawberry picking) with my friends in Japan. But, after much deliberation, I’ve decided that “I” should be for a word that visitors to Japan … Continue reading

A-Z of Japan: H is for…

The obvious choice for H in my A-Z of Japan would of course be haiku (俳句). However, B was for Basho, so I’ve already covered that. Another popular choice would be Hello Kitty, but she gets so much coverage. I also considered hanami (花見 / cherry blossom viewing), but it’s something I’ve talked about a lot before. So, … Continue reading