Tag Archives: Japan

The Importance of Cherry Blossoms in Japan in the 21st Century

I’ve already explained the significance of cherry blossoms (or sakura as they’re known in Japan) and how they represent the impermanence and fragility of life but I want to discuss their importance in the 21st century in this blog post and why they should be so highly regarded and valued now more than ever before.…

Tokyo Weekender Features Tokyo Tales in their February Issue

I’m absolutely delighted to share with you the news that Tokyo Weekender is featuring me, my book Tokyo Tales: A Collection of Japanese Short Stories and its illustrations by Yoshimi Ohtani in the “Author Q&A” section in their February issue. Grab a copy and you’ll also have the chance to win one of two signed…

Renae’s Japanese Chicken Doria Recipe (チキンドリアの作り方・レシピ)

I uploaded some photos on social media of my chicken doria dish and I was delighted to see so many likes and comments. My chicken doria is actually a variation of a recipe by Adam Liaw which can be found on the Australian Good Food website. One person on Twitter even added a drooling emoji…

Review of Etude House Cosmetics: The Good, the Bad and the Kawaii

“Beneath the makeup and behind the smile I am just a girl who wishes for the world.” — Marilyn Monroe If you live in Japan or South Korea and you’re a fan of cosmetics and makeup you may have been hiding under a rock if you haven’t heard of Etude House. This famous South Korean…