Blog about studying Japanese, travel in Japan and Japanese-related events in Brighton
I live by a tree. It is a big tree with grey ridged bark. Green leaves are poking through outside my window and brightening my daytime view. Unfortunately I have no idea what the tree is. This really annoys me. Let’s call it a cherry blossom. On Monday morning, I opened the curtains to see … Continue reading Under the big chestnut tree
We are in strange times. Toilet roll and pasta are suddenly the most desirable commodities in the land. Each news broadcast brings a wave of strange new expressions such as herd immunity, self-isolation, social distancing. So, where is all this going? I don’t think anybody knows, but judging from how things are developing in Spain, … Continue reading Spring somewhere in Brighton
Sitting on the floor is a form of torture for visiting tourists. In 9 years of living in Japan, I never learnt to sit properly. I just recall pain, embarrasment and frustration. I usually ended up in a clumsy compromise that was neither the formal Japanese 正座 seiza (sitting on the soles of your feet), … Continue reading What status is your seat?
What was your first anime? Now, that’s a great first date question. Mine was Spirited Away. I rented the DVD from the local videostore in Nagoya anxious to see what all the fuss was about. And I wanted to test out my progress in Japanese after a year of learning. All I can really remember … Continue reading Spirited Away: 17 Years Later