Enjoying the Bathroom Floor of the Hilton Garden Inn // Missing the Triad Conference // Credit Card Healthcare vs Socialist Healthcare // Thank God for Lovely Longwood People! // I ❤ the NHS Well, I don’t think I could have planned for the start of my time in the USA to have gone any worse! I… Read More Welcome to the USA(‘s Medical System)!
Two Shikoku Trips // Farewell Presentation // Vegan Party in Osaka // Display Change // Last day! Thursday was my last day at Kiseki no Hoshi, and I’m flying to the USA today. I can’t believe it! I’m sure that I only just got here. Didn’t I? Luckily the last few weeks have been very busy so I haven’t… Read More I’ll Miss You, Japan!
Ueyakato Zoen // Murin-an // Secret Garden // Keihanna Memorial Park // Nanzen-ji Hello! I’ve been very quiet on the blog/instagram front recently- hopefully you haven’t missed my updates too much – for three main reasons: I’m deep in the denial stage of mourning about the fact that I have to leave Japan in just… Read More Being a Gardener in Kyoto
Bonsai Suishoen & Matsusue-Sensei // Understanding the Art // Understanding the Skill // Making a Bonsai // Maintaining Bonsai // Amazing Hospitality! I knew very little about bonsai 盆栽 before this week. Although I have previously read about it (and even tried to make one when I was a student at Threave), I’d mostly forgotten anything I… Read More Bonsai 盆栽 are Bendigedig!
Food errors // Interesting Ingredients // Favourite Foods // Lessons Learnt for Vegetarians Before I came to Japan, I thought I knew quite a lot about Japanese food. I’ve been to Yo Sushi and Wagamama; we have always have miso, udon, soba and tofu in the cupboard: so, what could be so confusing- right? WRONG. It didn’t… Read More FOOD!
Ikebana 生け花 Class at Ikenobo // Tea Ceremony 茶の湯 at Sumiya Ryokan Ikebana and tea ceremony are two of the fundamental pillars of Japanese high culture* and any person wishing to be considered refined (one of my top wishes, actually) should be trained in both. Though both originated as men-only activities, both became a requirement for women to master… Read More Learning to Be a Lady
Or rather: top things I didn’t know about Japan before I came here. I’m now more than halfway through my time in Japan; although I am still bewildered daily, I have picked up a few things. I thought I would share some of my new-found wisdom, since a few lovely people I know are coming to Japan in… Read More Top Things You Didn’t Know About Japan…