awordfromjapan

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awordfromjapan
This blog tells the story of my time in Japan, what I did, what I saw, what I thought and what I learned. It is a way of sharing my experiences with friends and family, and anyone who might take an interest.
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  • オーロラ Aurora 1 week ago About 15 years ago, I went on a brief trip to the Arctic island of Spitsbergen (Svalbard) with my friend, David Willis. Recently, watching the TV series Fortitude, I was reminded of our visit to… More
  • 一番高い—a visit to the highest restaurant 2 months ago The Burj Khalifa is the highest building in the world. On the 122nd floor is at.mosphere restaurant, billed as the world’s highest restaurant. Yesterday, we went there for lunch. Lunch at 442 metres above ground… More
  • ご馳走さまでした—Thanks for the lovely meal 3 months ago In Japan, if you want to thank someone for cooking you dinner, or for treating you to a meal in a restaurant, you say: 御馳走さまでした go-chisou-sama deshita—that was a feast! On Sunday evening we stayed in… More
  • 耐震ポール—Earthquake-proofing poles 3 months ago Japan gets more earthquakes than any other country. And when an earthquake hits, many people are injured by heavy items such as furniture falling on them. Remember that lots of Japanese people sleep on the… More
  • お好み焼き—okonomiyaki 3 months ago Okonomiyaki is an Osaka speciality. It’s also a Hiroshima speciality. Osaka and Hiroshima people disagree as to which one is tastier. Today we went to an okonomiyaki restaurant, Chibo, for lunch. We ordered one Hiroshima-style… More

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