Japan






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I remember reading ‘Memoirs of a Geisha” and being transported in vivid detail into the mysterious world of the Japanese geisha. To the point where I was convinced it was a true story, got to the bit in the book which describes a famous painting gifted to the Geisha by […]

Japan: What Happens at an Incense Ceremony?


When I see bracken in the garden or woods around me, I don’t instantly think, “Oooh tasty!” But after a wee trip to Japan, I decided to find out more about this pretty groovy plant. It’s eaten a lot in Korea and Japan. The main ingredient of a Japanese dessert […]

Japan: eating bracken












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Unless you want to accidentally acquire a hundred grand’s worth of tuna, keep control of any fingers prone to waggling or wandering at the Tokyo Tuna Auction. The Tsukiji fish market is the largest in the world. It’s estimated that 17% of the world’s caught fish pass through its gates. […]

Japan: What a tuna looks like and how to buy ...