Japan



It’s frightening when the floor shakes and knocks you around as you crouch on the floor clinging to a table leg, furniture tumbling around you.  And that was only an earthquake simulation.  The floor really was shaking, we really were under a table clinging to a table leg, but the […]

Japan: A Visit to an Earthquake Simulator in Tokyo


Just beside the zen Temple of the Heavenly Dragon (Tenryū-ji) in Kyoto, is the Sagano Bamboo Forest. If you’ve ever seen a list of “places to see before you die”, this forest might have been on it. Walking through the leaves rustling in the wind feels a bit like you’re […]

Kyoto’s Rustling Bamboo Forest












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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 ...