Top posts of 2016 – my favourite five

Greenwich Park cherry blossom avenue

It’s time to look back at 2016 and pick my best posts of the year. Not as easy as you might think – there’s plenty fighting for a place, and it’s tempting to choose ten or even more. But I’m going to stand firm at five, so you know the winners have really earned their place. Here they are, in date order. Continue reading

Plum Blossom or Cherry Blossom – which is it?

Plum BlossomOkay, I plead guilty to this one. Sometimes, especially at this time of year when I’m waiting for the first cherry blossom to bloom, I might have got my plum blossom and my cherry blossom mixed up. But it’s not going to happen any more, no sirree. I’ve done my research and now I know how to spot the difference. I bet you want to know too, so I’m going to share with you my handy three point guide to telling them apart. Continue reading

It’s New Year’s Eve so here’s my review of 2015

Isabella PlantationHow was 2015 for you? I had a busy year which makes it hard to choose my favourite posts. But there’ve been two high points for me. One is the huge growth in interest in my regular spring posts about cherry blossom. The other is that I’ve repositioned the blog this year. It’s always been a London blog, but now it has less of a focus on Japanese stuff, enabling me to post about a much wider range of places and events than I could before. (including the Isabella Plantation in the photo above). Continue reading

My top five posts of 2014

Kintsugi lacquer repairIt’s the last day of the year, time to look back and see what caught your attention in 2014. It’s a surprising collection (well, I was surprised, anyway) but then it’s always the posts you least expect that rocket to the top of the popularity charts. So here they are. Continue reading

Cherry Blossom Time at Sake no Hana

Sake no HanaI’ve done quite a few posts about cherry blossom this spring, but with the Spring Bank Holiday upon us, the sun shining and the cherry blossom giving way to lilac and rhododendrons , I’ve got a different kind of cherry blossom to tell you about – the pop-up cherry blossom menu at Sake no Hana. Continue reading

Orchids and Cherry Blossom at Kew

Kew Gardens orchids

We planned our trip to the orchids show at Kew Gardens months ago, me and my twitter friends, and we chose early March in the hope that the endless winter rain might have come to an end by then – which explains why we only got to the show right at the end so I can’t suggest that you go too. But our patience certainly paid off – the orchids positively glowed in in the sunshine, and as a bonus there was some early cherry blossom in bloom too. Hello spring! Continue reading

Vikings and Cherry Blossom at the British Museum

BM Vikings Tyskegard Hoard

This post is a study in contrasts. I visited the British Museum to see the new blockbuster show about the Vikings, and took the opportunity to see a new folding screen in the Japanese collection as well. A bit of an odd combination, I know, but that’s the charm of London museums and galleries; you can see what you want, when you want, without anyone telling you they don’t go together. I enjoyed my ill-assorted mix – let’s see if you do too. Continue reading