Sunday, November 28, 2010

Hello Japan! November Challenge

In Spring it is the Dawn is a blog about Japanese culture and literature I've recently discovered. Challenges are part of the blog and November's challenge is a meme with five questions to answer. Why not participate I thought. So here goes:

1. My favorite Japanese small city is Kamakura because the Daibutsu is located in this area

Daibutsu or Great Buddha at Kamakura.

and call me a philistine but I also enjoy the shops along Komachi-dori.

2. The best Japanese Museum I've seen this past year is the Munakata Shiko Memorial Museum in Aomori.

Munakata Shiko Memorial Museum.

Munakata Shiko was a talented artist from Aomori whose abstracts of local scenes and black and white prints are wonderful.

3. Japanese books, authors enjoyed and highly recommend to others.

The Dancing Girl of Izu by Kawabata.

4. Something Japanese that you'd like to try but haven't had the chance.

Kyoto cusine known as Kyoto-ryori which is a meal of tofu and yuba tofu dishes exquisitely presented and delicious.

5. Planning a visit to Japan, money is not a concern, what's at the top of your list to do?

Hashima Island. Located 12.4 miles (20 kilometers) from Nagasaki. When this coal mine island owned by Mitsubishi was abandoned in 1974 the 5,000 residents left. Now the abandoned island is a tourist attraction. One can visit specific areas of the island and take photos.

Hashima Island. Photo from


Gnoe (@Graasland) said...

I discovered Yasunari Kawabata last year thanks to the book group of The Old Capital on In Spring it is the Dawn (it's one of my fav sites too!). I haven't read the book you mention but his novel Snow Country is on my shelf!

sbk said...

Hi Gnoe,

Thanks for your comment. I hope you do read Snow Country. It's very good too.

tanabata said...

I love Kamakura too for all the beautiful temples but yes, for the fun shops too. :)
I've read a couple of books by Kawabata, The Dancing Girl of Izu and Snow Country, and I really need to read more.
Thanks for joining in the Hello Japan! meme.