I’m going to play a game. I do this when I can’t sleep (like now) – usually in my head, but because this blog doesn’t get a lot of action, I thought I’d share.
Rules are simple. Pick the first word that comes to your head corresponding with the letter of the alphabet. Usually I do things like country names, types of trees, fruit, brands of cars, etc. Today’s topic is broad, and therefore, easy: Japan.
A – Asakusa
an area in Tokyo known for maintaining the ‘old’ feel of the entertainment district and its famous Senso-ji temple and shrine – more info
It’s poisonous. A chef has to be specially certified in order to prepare it. They usually have to train for at least 10 years. – more info
G – genkan
entryway (technically, a foyer) – more info – The first tip you are always given about Japanese customs is “take off your shoes before you enter someone’s home”. IDK why people think that is unique to Japan. You better take off your shoes when you come into my house too!
Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman – There are several versions but I’ve only seen this one. It’s a great movie written & directed by and starring Beat Takeshi. more info – It has an ending dance number that is equal parts totally awesome and ‘WTF did I just watch?!’
First, zenzen popped in my head, but that’s hard to demonstrate in a picture.
FYI~ zenzen (one of my favourite expressions) means something like “absolutely”.
ie. zenzen wakarimasen – I don’t understand at all. zenzen OK! – It’s totally okay.