Thursday, February 02, 2006

Hello Japan!

Hello Japan! mini-challenge

Anyone, anywhere, who is interested in Japan is welcome to join in.

A monthly mini-challenge (except December) focusing on Japanese literature and culture.

It is hosted here at In Spring it is the Dawn.

A new topic will be posted at the beginning of every month. You have until the end of the month to complete the task for that month, and submit the link to your post to be eligible for that month's prize.

If you don't have a blog but would still like to play along, you can write a comment on the Hello Japan! post for the month telling us what you did to complete the task, or you can email me inspringthedawn at gmail dot com and I'll include it in the wrap up post at the end of the month.

To experience a little taste of Japan no matter where you live, and to learn more about the fascinating country that is Japan.

Hello Japan! was launched in October 2009. Click on the links below for information on the current and previous monthly topics.

Current mini-challenge:
Please note that the Hello Japan! mini-challenge is currently on hiatus. However, please check back later this year.

Previous mini-challenges:
November 2011
Topic/Task - Five Favourites
November Links

September & October 2011
Topic/Task - When One Isn't Enough (Compare two works)
September & October Links

August 2011
Topic/Task - Origami
August Links

July 2011
Topic/Task - Non-fiction
July Links

June 2011
Topic/Task - Japanese flora
June Links

May 2011
Topic/Task - Mystery & Mayhem
May Links

April 2011
Topic/Task - Back to School
April Links

March 2011
Topic/Task - Manga
March Links

February 2011
Topic/Task - Japanese cooking
February Links

January 2011
Topic/Task - Something new
January Links

No Hello Japan! mini-challenge in December 2010.

November 2010
Topic/Task - Five Questions (a Japan meme)
November Links

October 2010
Topic/Task - Japanese spooky
October Links

August & September 2010
Topic/Task - Summer Double (compare two works)
August & September Links

July 2010
Topic/Task - Haiku
July Links

June 2010
Topic/Task - Manga
June Links

May 2010
Topic/Task - Japanese sports/athletes
May Links

April 2010
Topic/Task - A celebration of spring and sakura
April Links

March 2010
Topic/Task - Haruki Murakami
March Links

February 2010
Topic/Task - On the Big Screen: Japanese Film
February Links

January 2010
Topic/Task - Japanese music
January Links

December 2009
Topic/Task - Temples and shrines of Kyoto (In conjunction with the current Japanese Literature Book Group selection, The Old Capital by Yasunari Kawabata.)
December Links

November 2009
Topic/Task - Japanese food
November Links

October 2009
Topic/Task - Read or watch something scary, spooky or suspenseful
October Links

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Hello Japan! mini-challenge


  1. I'd love to join :) I'll see if I can squeeze in a scary Japanese book to my schedule this month.

  2. Mark David - Sounds good! I still haven't decided what to read (or watch) this month. I look forward to seeing what you choose.

  3. Hi! I have enjoyed the challenges so much, even though there have only been two. I can't wait to see what the next ones will be! Thank you so much for doing this, it's awesome.

    I want to give you the Kreativ Blogger award because I love the challenge as well as the rest of your blogs, it was just what I needed to perk up my spirits as they lagged. Here is a link, I hope that you'll stop by :)

  4. Natakiya - Aww.. thank you!! It makes me so happy to know that you've been enjoying the challenge. :)

  5. I have a suggestion for next challenge :)

    How bout reviewing J-Music...J-Music is quite famous around the world. It can be about the band/singer or about certain genre or just about certain song.

    I hope you'll think about it :)

  6. Novroz - Thanks for the suggestion! I had Japanese music down on my list of ideas and was thinking of doing it later in the year, but since you mentioned it I decided to go ahead with it for January. Watch out for the announcement soon. :)

  7. Yaiiii...I'll be waiting for it :)

    It's in a perfect time...because this year will be my tribute year (An article -or more- about them will appear each month in my blog) for my number 1 band for their 20th anniversary.

  8. Novroz - Happy to please! :)
    I'm looking forward to hearing about your favourite Japanese music.

  9. One question: Am I also welcome to join in, even if I am from another country?

  10. litera - Of course! Anyone is welcome to join in, wherever they live.

  11. I would like to try and compare two books: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford AND The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa.

    I'm wondering whether these two books fit the challenge???? Thank you.

  12. Hope it's alright. Changed where I am posting the challenge. Posting the challenge on WordPress. Sorry for any confusion.

  13. Tea - No problem. I enjoyed both of those books and look forward to your comparison. When you've posted it on your blog, be sure to come back to the September & October mini-challenge: When One Isn't Enough post to submit your link.


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