The Tohoku365 Project is a web-based magazine aimed at promoting foreign tourism to the magnificent, yet often uncharted, Tohoku region of Japan. The Project is offering a rare opportunity for an applicant to travel, eat and blog their way around this culturally rich and diverse prefecture, for one whole month! I hope to be that person, and share the beauty of the country that I now call my home, with the world. Fellow bloggers and subscribers – please have a look at my application video, I’d love to hear your thoughts on YouTube. Arigato Gozaimashita
A composed woman stands like a statue on stage, draped in a yukata and fitted with a tubular, over-sized headdress, cushioned against her head. She floats her hands above a black metal box emitting eerie, yet melodic, sounds without her ever touching it. To her left are two men dressed in tight, white lycra bodysuits, one with a towering salmon sashimi tied to his back and the other with an omelet pillow. A human sushi dance unfolds between the nigiri men and a monstrous, evil-eyed dragonhead, orchestrated by the captivating woman and her black box. The black box, a musical instrument called a theremin, was the world’s first electronic instrument invented almost 100 years ago. Theremin players create and manipulate sound by placing their hands next to two metal antennas and making subtle hand movements to control pitch and volume. The theremin’s ethereal sound is most commonly heard in sci-fi movies, but also in music genres such as classical, rock and pop. Classics such as The Beach Boys “Good Vibrations”, Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” …
Spotted this newly blooming ume (plum) tree on my walk home yesterday. A sure sign that Spring is around the corner. In about a week or so it will be cherry blossom time!
Had an awesome evening with my special friend Miharu. Light veg curry at the vegan Stay Happy Cafe and chai at The Karate Chop, a local Vietnamese restaurant in Shimokitzawa, Tokyo. Could not have asked for a better evening. One thing I’ll miss when I leave is all the amazingly cute, quirky little shops and cafes… just LOVE them!
I walk past this VW Cafe Bus every Wednesday night on my way to yoga and always think how quirky and cute it looks. Made me smile today :)
I passed this Mikan (Mandarin Orange) tree on the way to work today. I always walk this route but have never noticed it before; today I just happened to look up. I’m glad I did!
The great thing about living in Tokyo is the abundance of beautiful shrines and temples. I pass this shrine every day on my way to work, and always feel a sense of peace as I walk by. It’s really so beautiful, especially when the sun shines on its bronze roof.