Anna Koneko


February 2016

Tokyo Marathon

No, I didn’t run the marathon. But I did watch and support the runners! Today was the 10th Tokyo Marathon and it was a beautiful day to be outside and enjoy the marathon festivities. Continue reading “Tokyo Marathon”

Plum blossom: Koishikawa-Korakuen and Yushima Tenjin

Although the sakura season (when cherry blossom trees are in full bloom) is what most people look forward to, early spring also has some blossom to offer. In februari the plum trees around the city bloom and I visited two places to view the white and pink beauty. Continue reading “Plum blossom: Koishikawa-Korakuen and Yushima Tenjin”

School events: school trip to Mount Fuji

Today I went on a school trip to Mount Fuji. There were two options to choose between and after a long busride we droped off everyone who chose option 1; a day at Fuji-Q Highland (amusement park with some intense roller coasters). Although I would really like to visit Fuji-Q, I chose to stay on the bus for the ‘cultural’ option 2. Continue reading “School events: school trip to Mount Fuji”

Neko no Hi (Cat Day)

Today, February 22nd, is officially known as neko no hi (‘cat day’) in Japan. Japanese cats say ‘nya’ instead of ‘meow’, and nya kind of sounds like ‘ni’ (being the Japanese word for ‘two’), so that naturally makes the 22nd day of the 2nd month cat day. Makes sense, right? Ni ni ni, nya nya nya… Continue reading “Neko no Hi (Cat Day)”

Day trip to Nikko

Today I made a day trip to Nikko, a city north of Tokyo. Nikko can be easily reached from Tokyo by train, taking you about 2 hours. The city has several attractions, including it’s shrines and temples (world heritage) and many onsen (Japanese hot springs). A one-day visit to Nikko gives you enough time to visit some highlights. Continue reading “Day trip to Nikko”

Everyone loves food – part 3

Maybe I should just start calling this a food blog… The food here is just too delicious not to take pictures of. I loved the pumpkin curry (6th photo), having a great curry flavour, but not being too spicy. It even had some sweetness to it from the pumpkin.

Continue reading “Everyone loves food – part 3”

School events: wagashi workshop

Recently another school event was announced and I now know that I have to act quick if I want to sign up. Because I really didn’t want to miss out on this particular event, I made sure that my name was the very first on the list. The event was another workshop: making wagashi. Continue reading “School events: wagashi workshop”

Valentine’s day

Today is Valentine’s day and this day is definitly celebrated in Japan, but in a slightly different way than in the rest of the world; it’s only the women who’re supposed to buy the presents. Continue reading “Valentine’s day”

Sapporo Snow Festival

I haven’t been writing on my blog for a few days because I made a short trip to Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan. Every year in February the Sapporo Snow Festival takes place. Ticket prices go up and all hotels get fully booked and I’ve been wanting to see what the festival was all about for quite a few years, but never was in Japan in February before. Continue reading “Sapporo Snow Festival”

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