Hello Japan! is a monthly mini-challenge focusing on Japanese literature and culture. Each month there is a new task which relates to some aspect of life in Japan. November’s mission is to share ‘Five Japanese Favourites‘.
I guess we’re all sorry that this will be the last mini challenge for a while. But we have a fun time to look back upon and as I joined in the first challenge, I couldn’t miss the last! As a ‘tribute’ I decided to list my five favourite Hello Japan! topics for this task!
5 Favourite Hello Japan tasks!
The Hello Japan! mini missions started in 2009, shortly after I stumbled upon In Spring it is the Dawn. Tanabata’s blog struck a chord with me and has been one of my favourites ever since. I consider her a friend, even if she lives far away and we’ve never met. ;) Now that she’s moving, I missed the chance of meeting her in Tokyo — but no doubt there will be another chance somewhere else in the future! ;)
Looking back, I really feel like sharing my five favourite Hello Japan! mini challenges.
- Japanese food / Japanese Cooking
I’m a foodie, so what did you expect? I made sesame crusted rice patties and, after wanting to for ages, gyoza for the first time.
- Celebrating Spring & Sakura
I think this was my favourite mission by far. I’d have loved to do this again in the remaining three seasons… Maybe a reason for Hello Japan! to be revived next year? ;)
- Japanese Music
Although I didn’t expect this topic to appeal to me very much, I surprised myself by going totally overboard and posted no less than 5 ‘music sessions’. You’ll find the links in a sixth, my Japanuary’s wrap-up post!
- Something new
I admit I could have challenged myself a bit more, but using white miso for the first time in shiromiso soup was a great success!
- Murakami? Or origami?
Hmmmmmm, going with the old love origami I think. It triggered me to do my very first youtube video!
Looking at this list I seem to like challenges that A. fit exactly in my comfort zones (dôh) and B. leave room for interpretation. I regret that the topics actually relating to Japanese culture didn’t make it into my top-5. It doesn’t mean I don’t like these, because I do! Like Temples and shrines of Kyoto and Japanese flora.
There are also four (nope, not five ;) challenges I desperately wanted to do but didn’t get around to.
- Summer Double / When One Isn’t Enough
- On the Big Screen: Japanese films #FAIL #shameonme
If you’re interested, here are all the Hello Japan! mini challenges I participated in!
I’d like to end with a huge THANK YOU!!! to our generous host Tanabata who thought up this challenge and kept it going for so long. Each time she awarded a fitting prize to one of the participants — and althought the missions would have been just as much fun without them, I’d be lying if I denied these were an incentive. ;) So kudos Tanabata!!!