Focus on Kobe

As part of my revue of the cities involved in hosting teams at the Rugby World Cup in 2019, I decided to look at Kobe, Japan’s sixth largest city.  The Port of Kobe opened in 1868 and adjacent to the port, a foreign settlement was established for the influx of people and cultures from around…

The dangerous art of making Mochi

Ever tried Mochi…not me, but after  seeing this video today it’s certainly on the list. This video follows Mitsuo Nakatani, who have been making Mochi for 23 years in what can only be described as the fastest man in Japan! Mochi is a rice based treat that has to be pounded and folded by two…

Fed up of boring pack lunches…explore Bento

One of the reasons I fell in love with Japan was a programme I saw on “Bento” via NHK TV. The documentary simply visited workplaces in Japan and asked the staff to show them their lunch boxes or as they say in Japan, their Bento box. What’s Bento? Bento is a single-portion home-packed meal, which…

Ever wanted to learn Japanese?

ted to For my trip to Japan in 2019 I’ve decided to try and learn basic Japanese, just enough to get me by in case I need help.I can speak basic French, but asking the way to the hospital or rugby ground in Japanese would be too much for me at the moment..so where to start….