Category Archives: culture

everyday japanese products … (1)

In UK English, if you want to insult a girl or a woman, or you become angry with a female because they were rude to you, it is quite common to call them a “cow”. Often, this is preceded by … Continue reading

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sakura photo challenge

It’s been nearly two weeks since my last post, and I apologise for that! My parents came to Japan for nine days, and so, as I was off work between terms, I spent a lot of time out and about … Continue reading

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sumo sunday

For years now, I have been intending to go down to the Osaka basho at the beginning of Spring, but for one reason or another, usually either work or idleness, I have always missed it. Last year, I was invited … Continue reading

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so … u wanna learn english, huh?

The first time I watched this, last year, I had tears streaming down my face – I thought it was so funny! I used it in one of my classes when we discussed different types of humour. Do you think … Continue reading

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another monday afternoon …

Monday found me up in Kyoto for the first time in years. It is such a beautiful city, and maybe sometimes I forget that. Particularly, I love Kyoto in the evenings, with the lights, and the little streams with the … Continue reading

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sunday morning

I love the early hours of Sunday morning … … especially on a day so perfect as last Sunday, with nobody in the streets and the sun rising into the cold air above the trees of Otori Taishya. I looked … Continue reading

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lunch inside an old barrel

Have you ever eaten lunch inside a huge old soya sauce barrel? Unless you have been to the special place called Sanrokuen, I doubt very much that you have! Up in the tree-covered hills, 7 or 8 km to the … Continue reading

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