Wabi-Sabi is NOT wasabi – the green splodge that you get with sushi and sends a shock wave up your sinuses. Instead, wabi-sabi is the Japanese concept of beauty in imperfection. Continue reading “Imperfecting Your Wabi-Sabi”
In economic circles (and even outside), many look down on Japan, whether it is because of the “lost decade” after the 1980s bubble burst, an ageing population or its apparent lack of appetite for radical change. But such superficial ideas mask much that is impressive about Japan. Here’s five lesser known areas where Japan leads the world: Continue reading “5 Areas Japan Leads the World (2 mins)”
I love Tokyo. Its probably one of my most favourite cities in the world. Below is a list of great stuff to do beyond what you find in tourist guides:
- Kisuke (2-6-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo). The thought of beef tongue wouldn’t normally inspire me to eat, but after visiting this little place under Tokyo station, I’ve changed my mind. You can have the tongue grilled in different ways (say with salt or soy) and it’s not as chewy as you’d imagine. Great for a quick and different lunch.
Haruki Murakami is the bestselling Japanese writer. He’s been writing since 1979. Of course, I had heard of him before, but I only read him for the first time a few weeks ago. The book I read was a short one on running called “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running”, which was really a memoir. It revealed him to be an honest, frank and direct writer.
That book was my gateway drug into his fiction, and I’ve started to read his 1,328 page 3-volume novel “1Q84”. Supposedly not the easiest Murakami to start with, I’m loving it. Continue reading “I’m Discovering the World Of Murakami”