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School in Japan
By Katie I was very nervous in the morning ! I had to leave our apartment before 7:00 am to get there for 8:30 am.  In Tokyo, till about 9:00 am, it’s rush hour and everyone gets squashed like sardines in the subway!! It’s amazing how many people you can […]

A day at a Japanese School



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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?



There’s a jolly British tradition of passing on good tidings and Christmas cheer by sending Christmas cards to fellow men. In reality cards are just rectangular bits of angst.  They are one of the reasons we moved abroad. They once depicted Mary and the baby Jesus, other religious pictures or scenes of Spring, and […]

Moving Abroad: Confessions of an ex Christmas Card Writer





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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 ...