Hello Japan! November – Five Questions (a Japan meme)
17 November, 2010
I’ve been a big fan of In Spring It Is The Dawn’s Hello Japan! mini-challenges although I haven’t been participating as often as I like recently (bad me!) This month’s challenge is to answer five questions about all things Japanese, so check it aht!
My favourite Japanese store is Matsumoto Kiyoshi or Matsukiyo because it has the largest range of cosmetics and toiletries at very decent prices and you can spend a whole day there. Make sure you check it out if you visit Japan as many of the stores also have customer service people who speak English! And you’ll spot them a mile away because of their garish yellow and black signboards. My next favourite place to while away a few hours is any Japanese convenience store or combini. Love them.
The best Japanese book I’ve read this year is The Samurai by Shusaku Endo.
What Japanese author(s) or book(s) have you enjoyed that you would highly recommend to others?
Yukan Club by Yukari Ichijo is a manga like no other. It has everything in it: romance, the supernatural, mystery and sports and you learn so much about history, mythology and culture in Japan (and other countries too). Plus the illustrations are GORGEOUS.
What is something Japanese that you’d like to try but haven’t yet had the chance?
I would love to try shojin ryori, the cuisine of the monks perfected by classically trained Japanese cooks. It’s all vegetarian but in a way you’ve never seen before. Here’s an example from NYC.
You’re planning to visit Japan next year. Money is not a concern. What is on the top of your list of things you most want to do?
Go to a renowned onsen and sit in a rotenburo (that is outside) while it’s snowing. No monkeys, of course. Visit Okinawa as my mama says it’s beautiful. And to go to Kagoshima and research my grandfather’s family history.
Bonus question: What was your favourite Hello Japan! mini-challenge topic?
My favourite topic was the one with food!
What topic would you like to see as a Hello Japan! mini-challenge in 2011?
I wouldn’t mind a topic asking us to talk about our favourite characters in a book/film/manga. That would be fun!
What about you?