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East Gardens

January 12, 2018

In my final post for December, I talked about how it’s tradition in Japan to write 漢字, kanji, that sums up the year coming to a close. I chose 望, ambition, desire, hope. I didn’t mention that it’s also tradition to write kanji that relate to your goals for the new year. So, my kanji for 2018 – 勇気. Courage.

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A Swan in Mauritius

January 6, 2018
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So this was a big kept secret – I couldn’t talk about it on this blog no matter how much I wanted to, but the cat came out of the bag on the 22nd of December and off I went on the 24th to Mauritius, only returning to Tokyo yesterday. This post will be short and sweet because I’m pretty exhausted with the jet lag, …

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Reflective Kanjis & Christmas Markets

December 21, 2017

Every year in Japan, on the 12th December, a kanji (Japanese character adapted from Chinese) that received the most votes from the public is chosen, the meaning of which they felt defined the year. 2016’s kanji was 金, gold, a reflection of the pride that people felt when Japan brought home 12 gold medals at the Olympics in Brazil. This year’s Kanji was 北, North. When I …

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