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A to Wa of Japan: Week 44

A to Wa of Japan: Week 44

It’s time for A to Wa of Japan again! Last week’s post was about things beginning with  れ (re) and we looked at Rebun-to (礼文島). This week we are looking at things beginning with ろ (ro). A big thank you to those who joined in with suggestions this week: zoomingjapan suggested rotenburo (露天風呂 / outdoor hot spring baths), and Rokko-san (六甲山 … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #47

Weekly Shiritori #47

Last week’s post was about Amanohashidate (あまのはしだて / 天橋立), so this week I need to start with て (te). A big thank you to everyone who joined in and played the game, especially ZoomingJapan with Tenoji (天王寺) in Osaka, Tenkawa (天川) in Nara and tempura (天ぷら), JayDee also with Tennoji in Osaka (and Tennoji Park), tengu (天狗), which are supernatural creatures, and Tennou (天皇), which … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #5

Weekly Shiritori #5

Last week’s post was about kumihimo (くみひも / 組紐), so this week I need to start with も (mo). I got quite excited when I thought about this week’s topic as I realised I had another opportunity to write about Japanese spirits and monsters. I decided to write about… Mononoke (もののけ / 物の怪)  Many of you will … Continue reading

A-Z of Japan: Y is for…

This is the penultimate post in my A-Z of Japan series, so it’s time for Y. Y could be for a lot of things, such as the beautiful city Yokohama (横浜) in Kanagawa Prefecture, the amazing island Yakushima (屋久島) which I would love to visit one day, or the citrus fruit yuzu (ゆず). I also considered … Continue reading

Finding Kitaro…

On April 20th, after visiting Inokashira Park and the Ghibli Museum, I took a walk. It was a planned, hour-long walk, which had grown out of a very random conversation I once had with a student. Some months ago, I noticed a curious phone-charm hanging from my student’s phone and commented on it. She suddenly … Continue reading