At last I've finished this short-sleeve jacket! In one way it's only taken me about 2 months to make but I bought this yarn - a lovely Noro lamb's wool, silk, and cashmere blend - in a Tokyo wool store with a friend, in 2009. I thought I'd never like the heavy stripe in the yarn but once … Continue reading Finished! Short sleeved, knitted jacket!
Cat Smack Sorting through my Japan shots, I found this beauty which I snapped at the local Matsuzakaya(a department store which sells groceries.) She doesn’t look happy, does she?
When we first moved to Japan, I reunited with a high school flame: photography, albeit digital. I was brought up with a Pentax SLR, and was lucky enough to have both a teacher at Primary School and an Aunt who showed me the magic of images appearing on wet, blank paper, at an early age … Continue reading Moving From Flickr to Smugmug
Tales of Moonlight And Rain: A Study And Translation by Anthony H. Chambers by Ueda Akinari My rating: 3 of 5 stars I enjoyed Akinari's Tales of Moonlight and Rain - eventually. Unfortunately, the translator's introduction is long and gives the impression that one simply will not possibly be able to understand or enjoy … Continue reading Review: Tales of Moonlight and Rain, by Ueda Akinari
Shinto and Japanese New Religions by Byron Earhart read by Ben Kingsley My rating: 3 of 5 stars Full of interesting information, this audio book makes for a good introduction to Japanese religions and spirituality. I was looking forward to hearing Kingsley narrate but, for some reason, he adopts a tone right out of a … Continue reading Review: Shinto & Japanese New Religions
The very first day we arrived in Nagoya, on our house-hunt a month before we moved there, a building just down from the main JR Station junction caught my eye with it’s stunning spiral lines. I was told that it had only just been finished and that, among other things, it housed the local design … Continue reading Modegakuen Spiral Tower, Nagoya
The flattened boxes and packing material have finally been taken away, and everything except my desk, which was damaged and is being repaired and refinished, is in its new place, so I guess 'I'm still settling in' can no longer excuse a lack of blog posts. I find myself in the midst of a problem, though - about what should I blog? The plan was to do our best to treat Sydney as though it were Japan and continue to travel, playing tourist in our own land, and continue to blog about life as an ex-pat wife, hopefully hitting on the odd issue that could be helpful to someone. It seemed a good plan...
Urgh. Feeling very much in the midst of this at the moment. We are pretty much in the same position as we were when I wrote this post from Sydney in Jun 2008 - the packers are coming on Tuesday morning at 9 (four hours after Brigid will be picked up for her trip to … Continue reading The Locusts are Coming!
Anyone who cooks even slightly, and probably many people who don’t, gives at least some thought to buying a knife or two when they come to Japan. It wouldn’t be stretching the metaphor too thin to equate a chef’s knives to a Samurai’s swords so it makes sense that many cooks dream of having knives … Continue reading Tip! Buying cooking knives in Japan