Tag: Japanese

Some weekend brain exercise

This morning, I went to the first class in my new Japanese course at City Lit. I'm heading back to Tokyo in July and really want to be able to use more Japanese while I'm there. The little snatches I've picked up along the way over the last four years aren't really enough to get ...

Security and Manners

Something that really hit home this afternoon at Osaka Airport was the Japanese attitude to security. We both realised over the last few days that we've hardly seen any police on the streets in either Kyoto or Osaka. Further, people tend to leave their belongings lying around in public, apparently without fear they'll be stolen. ...

A Kyoto encounter

Waiting to cross a busy Kyoto street yesterday, I was approached by a rather enthusiastic elderly gentleman who wanted a chat. Using my few words of Japanese, I gathered he was asking me if I was English. I said no, that I was from Ireland. His smile expanded and he lanched into an excited mix ...

More plans for Japan

We spent some quality time this morning fleshing out plans for our September return trip to Japan. Our itinerary has been narrowed down to: Fly London to Tokyo Immediately get on flight to Osaka 5 nights in Osaka, including day trips to Kyoto Shinkansen train to Hiroshima 3 nights in Hiroshima Fly to Tokyo 5 nights in ...

Tokyo Diary: Part Three

I'm back from Japan and have to say the wrench I felt leaving was worse than any holiday I've ever had before. I fell in love with Tokyo while I was there.  Really. I don't think I've ever enjoyed visiting a new city as much as Tokyo, but it's difficult to say why. So what ...