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Gifts from Kyushu

Gifts from Kyushu

Recently I attended an event in London about Kyushu (九州), Japan’s third largest island. It was a great opportunity to learn more about a part of Japan I haven’t yet visited, and I found it very inspiring. Kyushu has so much to offer – from delicious food to traditional towns, hot springs to nature. It … 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

A-Z of Japan: W is for…

It’s A-Z of Japan time again, and this week I’ve been wondering what W should stand for. I thought about all of the wonderful World Heritage Sites in Japan, but I’ve only visited a handful of them. I also thought about the concept of wabi-sabi (侘寂), but it’s not something I know much about. Then I … 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

5 Reasons to Visit Japan

***UPDATE: The September 2011 Blog Matsuri can now be viewed here: Reasons to Visit Japan.*** It’s Blog Matsuri time again, and this month the theme, hosted by A Modern Girl, is “Reasons to Visit Japan“. I don’t need to be asked twice to promote tourism in Japan, so without further ado, I give you: 5 … Continue reading

Traditionally Kawaii

Emily over at My Kawaii Space is having a Kawaii Blog Festa, and I couldn’t resist joining in! I like a lot of “kawaii” (cute) things, like Hello Kitty, Rilakkuma, cupcakes… but today I thought I’d write about something a little different – something traditionally kawaii. This is my collection of Japanese dolls. There are … Continue reading