Halloween is here (part 1)

It seems to me that every year, Halloween in Japan just gets more and more popular. There are pumpkins everywhere! But have you ever thought about why this particular holiday is called ‘Halloween’? There is in fact a very interesting explanation. From some time in the 8th Century, the Catholic church designated November 1st asContinue reading “Halloween is here (part 1)”

It’s festival time!

地元の祭りが無事に終わりました。 I just love Japan in the Autumn. After the stifling heat of the summer, the season brings dry, sunny days that are perfect for a garden barbecue. As the leaves turn red, yellow and golden brown, the shops display an abundance of newly harvested chestnuts and sweet potatoes. And from September onwards, the soundContinue reading “It’s festival time!”

Shaun in the City

今年日本では羊年ですね。Here in Japan it’s the year of the sheep. 実は私も羊年生まれです。関係しているかどうか分かりませんが、小さい頃から羊が大好き!動物として可愛いし、ラム肉も美味しくてたまらな い!Actually, I was born in the year of the sheep. I’m not sure if it is in anyway connected, but I have always loved sheep. As animals, I love their seeming absurdity and as for their meat, I’ve always found it irresistibly delicious! But I digress….Continue reading “Shaun in the City”