Japonisme: A New Book by Erin Niimi Longhurst

People often ask me why I love Japan. Often the things that spring to mind are things I like about Japan - the warmth of the family kotatsu (the best invention - a table with a built-in heater and blanket!), the Japanese meticulous attention to detail, their respect for one another, family, friendship, pride in … Continue reading Japonisme: A New Book by Erin Niimi Longhurst

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Bruges: A Tranquil Easter Sunday

Only a week ago we were enjoying our Easter break in Bruges. Crowds were thronging the central sights, and quite a few restaurants and shops were closed, as they often are on Sundays. So Easter Sunday felt like a good opportunity to escape into calmer surroundings and take some time to slow down an enjoy … Continue reading Bruges: A Tranquil Easter Sunday