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Happy Halloween!

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It’s Halloween weekend or, as my Japanese friend recently dubbed it, Hallo-weekend, and Japan is a place where Halloween is definitely not done by halves! The place to be at Halloween is Tokyo, and it’s the famous Shibuya Crossing which sees all the action with massive street parties, road closures and incredible costumes. Tokyo Fashion … Continue reading

Movie Review: A Silent Voice (聲の形)

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Based on a popular manga comic, Japanese director Naoko Yamada’s (K-On) affecting drama about the tempestuous relationship between a boy who hears and a girl who doesn’t; this is a beautiful Japanese animation which has themes around living as a deaf person at its core. When Shoko, a young deaf student, transfers to a new elementary … Continue reading

Ichigo Ichie: The Wasabi You Eat Probably Isn’t Wasabi

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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. It’s a phrase I love, … Continue reading

Ichigo Ichie: Keeping the Japanese Art of Candy Sculpting Alive

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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

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