Month: Nov 2019

How2: romaji

Anyone who either learns or attempts to learn Japanese comes across romaji or romanized Japanese. Other languages have similar systems (pinyin for Chinese, romaja for romanised Korean etc- there are many different systems to represent each language). In simple terms,… Read More ›

How2: Japanese addresses

Japan, unlike many other countries seems to enjoy inductive rather than deductive reasoning, that is to say they look at life from big to small, rather than small to big. Such examples of this in Japan is their group culture,… Read More ›

Review: Books Arude

Books arude is a hidden gem in the Minowanakamura district of Nabari or in Japanese 箕輪中村- which well off the beaten track for all visitors but for locals it is a well loved book store. The store has a great… Read More ›

Opinion: it’s coming

On the 22 of November Frozen 2 is being released and I hate to say it but it does look good. Regardless of this, the advertising and promotion has scarcely started but there are hints of its’ coming: case and… Read More ›

Short: Recommendations

Museums On the back of culture day whihc took place on the 4th of November, many museums in the Tokai region (from Gifu, to Osaka, Kobe, Kyoto. Aichi, Mie etc) are offering free entry to many museums. Free entry is… Read More ›

Review: Sanyodo, book store

Sanyodo is a chain book store that offers a range a large range of books, stationary and other products. Let’s take a look. Upon entry, you are greeted with a large selection of stationary products some cheap and others not… Read More ›

Matsusaka: the beginning

It occurred to me that I have spent a lot of time looking into the Iga and Nabari areas and I have seemingly ignored the rest of the Mie. So I decided to explore somewhere I have passed while changing… Read More ›