Sunday, November 06, 2011

Hello Japan! November mini-challenge: Five Favourites

Hello Japan!
Hello Japan! is a monthly mini-challenge focusing on Japanese literature and culture. Each month there is a new task which relates to some aspect of life in Japan. Anyone is welcome to join in any time. Everyone who completes the task will then be included in the drawing for that month's prize. For more information, just click on the Hello Japan! button above.

November's Topic

At the end of last year when I asked you for suggestions on possible Hello Japan! topics, Sakura suggested "Favourite characters" so we're going to go with her idea and expand it to include any of your favourite Japanese things. And since the Japanese traditionally like doing things in odd numbers, Five Favourites has a nice ring to it, don't you think?

November's Task

The task for November is to share five Japanese favourites. In keeping with Sakura's suggestion, this could be a list of five favourite characters, from Japanese books, or anime for example. Or five favourite Japanese books, or authors. Or five favourite films, or actors, or directors. Five favourite haiku. Five favourite Japanese recipes. Five favourite Japanese things you did this year. And so on.
Or as Gnoe wondered, even a list of five different favourites, one each of a favourite book/movie/actor/food/drink/etc/etc. Sure! If it's Japanese, and you like it, please tell us about it!

November's Prize

This month's prize will be a surprise. One winner will receive a small selection of something typically Japanese, most likely involving candy or other sweets.

You can complete this month's mini-challenge by writing a blog post, telling us about what you did, and adding a link to your post, or by simply leaving a comment with your answer(s) on this post. If you prefer, you can also email me at inspringthedawn AT gmail DOT com with your submission. You are welcome to post or comment more than once and add the relevant links below. I love it when you are enthusiastic about a topic!

Once you have completed the task, don't forget to come back here to add your link to the Mr. Linky below. Please submit the link to the actual post, not just to your top page, and please only submit links to posts relating to the Hello Japan! task for this month. Any other links will be deleted. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Note: Due to my delay in posting the new mini-challenge for November, and since there is not a new Hello Japan! task in December, you have until December 10th to complete the November Favourites mini-challenge.

Please also note that this will be the last Hello Japan! mini-challenge. At least for a while. Participation has been quite low over the last several months. This is partly my own fault for not having the time to promote it, or even participate in it myself, properly. However, I also wonder if there simply isn't enough interest. I will revisit the possibility of a modified version of the Hello Japan! mini-challenge in a few months so please feel free to let me know your thoughts, or ideas on how to make it more appealing. In the meantime, I do hope you'll take part this month, and will continue to enjoy all things Japanese in the weeks, months and years to come! It has been a pleasure to see Japan through your eyes! :)

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  1. Yay! I'm sorry I haven't been able to participate much recently too but I'm already thinking about my favourite five!

  2. This sounds like a nice challenge. ^_^

  3. 5 Favourite Japanese books, this a very subjective list and could change in the very next second, but whilst
    I've these in my head, here we go & in no particular order.

    Kafka on the Shore, the first Haruki Murakami I read.

    Strangers, Taichi Yamada & the third Japanese book I had read.

    The Sea & Poison, Shusaku Endo, the book that sold me on Japanese Literature

    In Praise of Shadows, this book by Jun'Ichoro Tanizaki explained to me ideas on Japanese Aesthetics

    Underground, another Haruki murakami, but one that showed me, his humanity in a way far different from his fiction.
    Now I will sign off, because I already want to change or keep adding.
    Thanks Parrish

  4. Gnoe's idea is fun...i might write that later this month :)

  5. Damn clicked on the link.

    Kobo Abe's The Face of Another.
    rashomon and other stories, ryunosuke Akutagawa.
    Stained Glass Elegies, Shusaku Endo.
    Shuichi Yoshida's Villian.
    Out,Natsuo Kirino.

    I shall leave shame faced & will attempt to remain away from writing more lists.

  6. I want to let you know I am still thinking of a great topic ^_^

  7. The blog is in Dutch and I want to explain my blog. I have a top 5 albums that I have discovered this year (2011). I have discoverd a lot of new bands (new for me) and I wanted to share it with you

    1. Eternal Elysium - Spiritualized D (I got this CD frm my mother :D)
    2. Boris - New Album (I have seen them live and enjoyed it!)
    3. lloy - STRANGE IMMIGRANT HAUS (This album is from last year, but I got to listen it this year)
    4. Church of Misery - The Second Coming (I have seen them live this year, very great live band)
    5. Mono - Hymn to the Immortal Wind (Beautiful instrumental music!)

  8. Left my idea of 5 different Japanese favourites... ;)

    @Parrishlantern: I love you :) Now I need to read The Sea & Poison and In Praise of Shadows. The other 3 you mentioned in that comment are also favourites of mine!!!

  9. Hi,

    I thoroughly enjoyed this challenge. I hope to be less busy in the upcoming months and can participate more.


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