What is Hinamatsuri?

What is Hinamatsuri?


This Saturday (3 March) is Girls’ Day or Dolls’ Festival (Hinamatsuri) in Japan. As you might expect, this day is an occasion to pray for the health and happiness of girls in Japan. Like a lot of Japanese festivals, Hinamatsuri has an interesting history and practices, so let’s take a look… Traditionally, people display dolls … Continue reading

WIN Attack on Titan Season 2!

WIN Attack on Titan Season 2!


It’s competition time again, and it doesn’t get much more exciting than ATTACK ON TITAN! Here’s your chance to win ATTACK ON TITAN SEASON 2 DVD & Blu-ray Limited Edition boxset. Read on to find out how to enter… The battle for humanity’s survival continues as the epic anime adventure ATTACK ON TITAN SEASON 2 … Continue reading

Matcha treats from Tokyo Direct

Matcha treats from Tokyo Direct


If you follow me on Twitter you’ll probably know I’m a big fan of matcha – whether it’s a proper frothy cup at a tea ceremony, matcha latte or matcha cake. You can guess I’d be pleased to receive a box of matcha goodies in the post! I recently received a small box from Tokyo … Continue reading

Take me to… the Yaeyama Islands!

Take me to… the Yaeyama Islands!


I’ve been meaning to blog about Okinawa for a long time, so am kicking of 2018’s travel section with one of the main cluster of islands in this tropical part of Japan! Okinawa is the southernmost prefecture of Japan and famed for its subtropical climate and the longevity of its inhabitants. It consists of a … Continue reading

Interview with Michael Booth (again!)

Interview with Michael Booth (again!)


Earlier this week, I reviewed Michael Booth’s latest book, ‘The Meaning of Rice: and Other Tales from the Belly of Japan’. If eating your way around Japan sounds like your idea of heaven, and if you’re genuinely interested in learning more the Japanese food industry and its history, I highly recommend it. To give you … Continue reading