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Movie Review: You Name (君の名は)

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Your Name (Kimi no Na wa / 君の名は) is honestly one of the best Japanese movies I’ve seen – ever. It is engaging, funny, clever, interesting and brilliantly animated – just about everything you could want from a film. It’s no wonder writer and director Makoto Shinkai (新海 誠) has been dubbed the new Miyazaki … Continue reading

Happy New Year from Haikugirl’s Japan!

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Happy New Year! 明けましておめでとうございます。 So it’s 2017 already and I haven’t been around for a while. It’s been over a month since I blogged and I won’t lie, I feel a bit bad for that. I’ve been very busy over the last month. I spent nearly 3 weeks travelling in Indo-China, then it was Christmas … Continue reading

Ichigo Ichie: Sumo Soup: Living Large with Chanko Nabe

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“Ichigo ichie” (一期一会): a Japanese idiom meaning “one time, one meeting”. The phrase embodies the cultural concept of treasuring meetings with people, and is often translated as “one chance in a lifetime”, reminding people to cherish any meeting or experience they are part of, as they may not be repeated. The phrase “ichigo ichie” has been … Continue reading

Ichigo Ichie: These Bento Boxes Are Too Cute to Eat (Almost)

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“Ichigo ichie” (一期一会): a Japanese idiom meaning “one time, one meeting”. The phrase embodies the cultural concept of treasuring meetings with people, and is often translated as “one chance in a lifetime”, reminding people to cherish any meeting or experience they are part of, as they may not be repeated. The phrase “ichigo ichie” has been … Continue reading

Six Years On – Remembering Tohoku

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Can you believe it’s been six years? Six years since the 2011 Tohoku tsunami and earthquake and also six years since I was living in Japan. I visited Tohoku in 2014 and saw a some of the areas hit by the tsunami and the damage that was still evident there. Work is still being done … Continue reading
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Celebrating 10 Years of Haikugirl’s Japan!

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I know, I know, I’ve been super quiet lately and you probably think I’ve given up on Haikugirl’s Japan, but I’m still here! I’m a strong believer in not writing for the sake of it, and that’s why this year I made the conscious decision to only post when I actually had something to say. … Continue reading