Cuisine, Culture, Travel

Our Travels: Gillian in Japan

Ah…nostalgia!

That’s the one thing that stays with you after travelling. You may have pictures to look through and souvenirs that you might have picked up on your travels but, nostalgia lets you relive the experience. Today being my birthday (Happy Birthday to me! Yay!) and with Mbithe in Japan at the moment, I can’t help but feel a tad nostalgic over the time I went to Japan.

In a perfect world, Gillian would be travelling round the world in her red vintage VW T1 van (Hippie Van) gathering stories of the people she meets and retelling them to those ready to listen. She is in the process of building this world which is now going to have all of you in it.

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Culture, Life/Living

Minimalism: The Concept of Ma

Ma(pronounced as Maah) literally translates to the space between. The kanji for Ma is 間 which as all you Nihongo students know means between, among other things. The actual meaning of the phrase derives from a Japanese architectural style which I did not really understand so I will not try and explain it.

Shikow is a student of the law, life and day dreams. A lover of adventure and good times, she takes delight in learning and creating new things. She is a beautiful letdown and painfully uncool.

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Culture, Life/Living

Peace for The Camera?

robot-peace-sign

The V-sign, or peace sign as it’s known today, is an integral part of East Asian picture taking. If you were to browse through pictures of East Asians on social media or to Google the words ‘East Asia’ or ‘Japan’ and ‘picture’ in whichever order, chances are you would find tonnes of pictures with, not exclusively but, mostly young Asians flashing smiles as they make the peace sign.

Interesting, right? But, why?

In a perfect world, Gillian would be travelling round the world in her red vintage VW T1 van (Hippie Van) gathering stories of the people she meets and retelling them to those ready to listen. She is in the process of building this world which is now going to have all of you in it.

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