Tagged with studio ghibli

Totoro slippers!

Totoro slippers!

Totoro slippers. So, so, so cute. I caught up with a friend today and received these as a belated birthday present. I was so excited that I had to share them with you all. Not only will my feet be cozy this winter, they will be ridiculously cute! 😀

30 Things I Love About Japan

30 Things I Love About Japan

It’s my birthday today, so I’ve decided to write a very self-indulgent post featuring some of the things I love about Japan. I’ve picked 30 random topics off the top of my head, in no particular order – one for every candle on my virtual birthday cake. 😉 1. Takoyaki Osaka’s favourite octopus balls! 2. … 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

Discovering Japan… at the British Museum

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to visit the British Museum. The British Museum runs a whole bunch of free tours and talks run by volunteers, but I had no idea until my Twitter friend, @ypldn, asked me to join the Japan tour that he was running. The Japan rooms in the British Museum (rooms 92-94) … Continue reading

Arrietty in the UK

This weekend sees the release of the Studio Ghibli film “Arrietty” in the UK. I actually saw the film a year ago in Japan, but it was so good that I decided to go and see it again. When it comes to watching Studio Ghibli films, I always prefer to watch them in Japanese with … Continue reading

The magical museum in Mitaka…

Carrying on from my previous post, you might remember that it was April 20th and I was in Inokashira Park, waiting to go into the Ghibli Museum. I had visited the Ghibli Museum before, back in 2006, but since then I have become much more of a Ghibli fan and seen a lot more of … Continue reading

Inokashira Park

On April 20th I planned to visit the Studio Ghibli Museum in Mitaka (an area of Tokyo), but I decided to start my day with a peaceful walk in Inokashira Park first. Inokashira Park is actually home to the Ghibli Museum, but I hadn’t looked around the park last time I visited the museum because I … Continue reading

“Totoro moments” in Japan…

If you keep your eyes open and occasionally wander off the beaten track, life in Japan is full of what I like to call “Totoro moments”. Totoro, as I’m sure you know, is a famous character from the Studio Ghibli animation “My Neighbour Totoro“. “My Neighbour Totoro”, like most of the other Studio Ghibli movies, is … Continue reading