Author Archives: ViewJapan

Earthquake – one year on

Today marks the first anniversary of the 9.0 Tohoku earthquake in Japan, where a tsunami following shortly inundated miles upon square miles of land, helped send a Fukushima nuclear power plant into meltdown, and devastated the lives of countless hundreds … Continue reading

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WUS UK meet up

Last Friday was the first meet up for WatchUSeek members in the UK.  We had a small contingent of people from across the country who came down to Birmingham to show off their watches and meet each other in person.  … Continue reading

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Hello Kitty x Easter Eggs

East meets West with Easter and chocolate.  I was at the supermarket the other day and was gazing at the wall of Easter eggs when an old friend from Japan caught my eye.  Kitty chan!  Not a lot of people … Continue reading

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Checking prices

An invaluable use I’ve found for my phone’s camera is to take pictures of prices to compare with other stores and supermarkets. There were three supermarkets very close to where I lived, and prices could vary greatly between the three.  … Continue reading

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Yellow snow warning

I was playing with my weather app on the phone last month and I got a yellow snow warning.  Everyone should have a weather app on their phone so they too can be warned of impending yellow snow.

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Utada Hikaru

I’ve been meaning to write a post about Hikaru Utada (or Utada Hikaru – 宇多田 ヒカル – if you do it the Japanese way) for quite a while now, and finally decided to get around to it after discussing her … Continue reading

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Children’s Day

I’m currently going though my old photos and came across these which I haven’t posted up.  Expect more random photos over the next few weeks. Children’s Day in Japan is 5th May and is a national holiday to respect the … Continue reading

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Antwerp and Middelburg

I just got back from a short break away to Antwerp in Belgium and Middelburg in the Netherlands to see some friends. Antwerp is, of course, the diamond capital of the world.  Something like 70% of the world’s diamonds are … Continue reading

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Hot chocolate with whipped cream and friends

I met up with a couple of friends I hadn’t seen in many years today.  We went to the food court in the Pavillions for a drink and a chat.  Given the choice of having my hot chocolate with whipped … Continue reading

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It’s that time of year again

Yes, it’s that time of year again when Christmas food is available in September. I snapped a couple of pictures while I was down at the supermarket last week.  Here we have an assortment of Christmas cakes, puddings, stollen, panettone, … Continue reading

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