Monday, December 19, 2011

Virtual Advent Tour: Christmas in Japan (Photo Edition)

Virtual Advent Tour 2011
It's hard to believe that this is our last Christmas in Japan. I've taken part in the Virtual Advent Tour for the last couple of years so even though we're in the midst of sorting, packing, throwing out, and all the other craziness that comes with moving in just over two weeks (two weeks!) I couldn't let the year pass without joining in again. So, to keep it simple, here is a taste of what Christmas looks like in Tokyo this year.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Hello Japan! mini-challenge: November links

Hello Japan!

Thanks to everyone who took part in the last Hello Japan! mini-challenge for this year. November's task was to share five Japanese favourites. Click on the links to find out more about everyone's favourite books, TV shows and much more.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Hello Japan! Goodbye Japan!

As our move across the ocean gets closer, I can't help thinking about all the things that I'll miss about Japan, and equally those things I Won't Miss. So for the last (at least for a little while) Hello Japan! mini-challenge, which asked us to share some Japanese favourites, I thought I'd share some of them with you.

Showa Kinen Park, Tachikawa, Tokyo

Saturday, December 03, 2011

JLit Book Group Discussion: '1Q84' by Haruki Murakami

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
Original title: 1Q84 (ichi-kyu-hachi-yon)
Book One & Two originally published in Japan in 2009, Book Three in 2010. English translation released in October 2011.
Book One & Two translated from the Japanese by Jay Rubin; Book Three translated by Philip Gabriel
Longlisted for the 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize
The year is 1984. Aomame sits in a taxi on the expressway in Tokyo.
Her work is not the kind which can be discussed in public but she is in a hurry to carry out an assignment and, with the traffic at a stand-still, the driver proposes a solution. She agrees, but as a result of her actions starts to feel increasingly detached from the real world. She has been on a top-secret mission, and her next job will lead her to encounter the apparently superhuman founder of a religious cult.