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My Golden Week in Bristol

My Golden Week in Bristol

It’s one of the best times of year in Japan at the moment: Golden Week. Golden Week (ゴールデンウィーク) is a collection of holidays that happen to fall very close together, causing one of the three main holiday periods in Japan (the other two being Obon (お盆) in August and Oshogatsu (お正月), which is New Year). … Continue reading

A to Wa of Japan: Week 12

A to Wa of Japan: Week 12

It’s time for A to Wa of Japan again! Last week’s post was about things beginning with こ (ko) and we looked at kotatsu (炬燵), koto (箏) and cosplay (コスプレ). This week we are looking at things beginning with さ (sa). A big thank you to everyone who joined in with suggestions this week: Jay Dee suggested sakura (桜 / cherry blossom), Saitama (さいたま / … Continue reading

Hanami in London

Hanami in London

One Japanese tradition that I absolutely love is hanami (花見). For those of you who don’t know, hanami is a cherry blossom viewing party. One thing worth knowing in relation to hanami is the saying “hana yori dango” (花より団子), which basically means “food is more important than flowers”. So, yeah, a hanami party is really … Continue reading

Hamamatsu Hanami

There has been a lot of talk of subdued “hanami” (cherry blossom viewing) parties this year, or even cancelling them altogether. While of course I respect that some people are in mourning, or simply don’t have the means to have a hanami party this year due to the huge disaster in Tohoku, I do think … Continue reading

Sakura in Hamamatsu

I got up early to see flowers this morning. I think it’s the first time in my life I have ever done that. Does that mean I’m getting old? Or perhaps just that Japan is rubbing off on me. Even though I’m planning to go to Hamamatsu Castle Park for hanami (a cherry blossom viewing … 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

Everything’s pink…

It’s a good job I’m a girl, and I like pink, because right now that seems to be the predominant colour in Japan.  Tomorrow (March 3rd) is Hinamatsuri (Doll’s Festival/Girl’s Day) in Japan.  I wrote about this festival last year, so I won’t repeat myself too much, except to say that the supermarkets are filled … Continue reading


,。・:*:・゚ Hanami party shamisen girl is playing, as sakura falls… ,。・:*:・゚ I went to my first hanami party today! In Japan, cherry blossom season is short, but it is celebrated with huge parties in the parks, and it’s really lovely! I met with some friends who run an English conversation circle, and they introduced me … Continue reading