Category: Culture

Mochi machine

Mochi are Japanese sweets made from pounded sticky rice and normally filled with sweet red bean paste. You have probably read me talking about them before, or heard me writing about...

Gomi rules

Gomi is rubbish, and Japan has a very strict set of rules regarding the handling and disposal of the different types. I recently finished reading If You Follow Me, a fun...

Gadgety greatness

Thought I’d share another cool gadgety thing that Japan has but England doesn’t. This time it’s nothing high-tech, but instead is a magnificently simple loo paper changing mechanism: A friend from...

Mail order mushi

The post offices in Japan aren’t just for buying stamps and posting letters, but also stock a huge range of leaflets advertising mail order shopping services. Not just your average tupperware...

Dieting, Japanese-style

Whilst waiting for my washing to finish at the weekend, I flicked through a couple of the womens magazines in the laundry and came across an advert for diet pills, aimed...

A great day out

Last weekend I met up with Hitomi, one of the teachers from Shinden, where I taught last year. I hadn’t seen her for ages and it was really good to catch...