February 26, 2014 in Japanese TV Drama
Ando Natsu is the name of the main character of this series which takes place in the famous historical Dictrict of Asakusa in Tokyo. At her previous job, Ando Natsu was learning how to be a western-style pastry chef but her master unfortunately passed away. While paying visit to Senso-ji temple in Asakusa, she notices by chance a vacancy at a traditional Japanese sweets shop and manages to get an apprentice position. With hard work, Ando Natsu slowly learns the skill needed to be a true master of Japanese sweets and decides to make it her new career.
I recommend this Japanese Drama because it was overall lighthearted with a light dramatic touch once in a while (mostly realistic). The characters are easy relate to and benefit from good acting. It also presented the Japanese traditions of sweet-making and tea ceremony as well as the life-style of Asakusa District which is something I appreciate after visiting the area myself.
Last time I checked, the series was available there.
February 20, 2014 in Japanese TV Drama
Dr. Koto is a famous Japanese TV drama that aired in 2003. The series begins with the main character, Dr. Koto, arriving on the small island of Yonaguni, Okinawa. Using his talents at surgery, he slowly earns the trust of the island’s population and becomes an indispensable asset to the islanders daily life. This series is one of my personal favourite since it presents a well-balanced mix of suspense and humour. Another interesting point of the series is that each episode presents the misadventures of different characters living on the island (Dr. Koto is a doctor after all and would be out of work and the drama without episodes if nobody got sick once in a while!). By the end of season 1, one starts to feel the strong bonds that unite residents of the small island. A second season, more dramatic than the first one, aired in 2006.
At the moment, the series is available here.
I also spotted it on youtube.
February 13, 2014 in Road
When I went to Shibuya, one of the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world, rain was pouring hard. While waiting for the rain to calm down before setting up the camera for a time-lapse video of Shibuya, I took some time to observe and take photos of the locals walking under the rain, or simply chatting with a friend under the protection of their umbrellas.
The goal of street photography is to capture people in their natural state while they are performing daily life activities. For the photos to look realistic, it is imperative not to disturb the subject, and therefore it is better to remain unnoticed. While it is not necessarily easy for a white foreigner to go unnoticed in Japan, it is not an impossible task. The greatest challenge is to overcome the shyness of stepping into peoples private lives.
Waiting for the rain to cease
Rainy day in Tokyo
Taking the umbrella, Shibuya
Talking under the rain, Shibuya
On the map of Japan...
February 5, 2014 in Polls
Japan offers a variety of food from traditional dishes to western-style cuisine. Among foreigners living in Japan, food is often one of the reasons justifying their prolonged stay. I therefore thought it would be a good idea to sample the food tastes of our guests. It may also allow others to discover dishes they have never heard of before. So while you are here, please leave a vote for your 3 favorite dishe(s)!
It is impossible for me to list all Japanese dishes, so if you want to see your favorite Japanese food added on the list, leave me a comment below!