初 (はつ)

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a good christmas and fun celebrations 🙂 As my first post of the year I’ve decided on the word hatsu (初) meaning first in Japanese. New year, or お正月 (oshougatsu) in Japan is very important. People have time off and go back to their home towns. They do … More 初 (はつ)

Tsukimi

If you look outside the window, you’ll see that tonight is a full moon. And we’re lucky to have a nice clear sky to see it in. I’m almost certain most people in the UK will not pay much attention to the moon tonight, but in Japan they actually have a special celebration dedicated to … More Tsukimi

Tanabata wishes

Last Sunday the Southbank Center held a Tanabata festival. I wasn’t able to attend, but I dropped by the centre a couple days later to find that a few decorations were still up, and so were some tanzaku. Here are a few cute and interesting ones I found:     I hope those of you … More Tanabata wishes

Tanabata Festival

From 11AM to 5:30PM On Sunday July 13th, Southbank Centre will be host to a well known Japanese festival: Tanabata. Before I tell you a bit about what to expect at the festival, here is the story of Tanabata: Near the river Amanogawa lived the King of the Skies. He had one daughter, Orihime. She … More Tanabata Festival

Hina Matsuri

I can’t believe we’re in March already!  It’s like February didn’t even happen.  But that’s a good thing, because it means Spring is even closer ^ ^ Also coming up soon, on March 3rd is Hina Matstsuri (雛祭り). Hina Matsuri, sometimes alluding to as Doll’s festival, is a day for us girls. Although, I say … More Hina Matsuri