Charlotte Goff

  • A little France in Tokyo
    September 25th, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    Staying in Aoyama Itchōme while I flat hunt around Tokyo, I have been able to explore an area rarely featured in guidebooks of the city. Aoyama is primarily a commercial district, featuring banks and business hotels and little in the way of tourist attractions, but ... » Continue Reading
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    Striking The Hammer With Japanese Sound Words
    August 26th, 2013By Category: Culture
    It sounds exotic but aizuchi is the Japanese name for something very common, namely the polite noises in conversations which demonstrate attention and understanding: the 'yeah's and 'uh huh's we use to show another person that we're on the same wavelength as them. ... » Continue Reading
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    On being a real jujitsu
    August 7th, 2013By Category: Culture
    'Riaju! Riaju!' The girls shouted, when I admitted that I had a boyfriend. I had wondered whether my love-life was an appropriate topic for discussion between teacher and teenage pupils, but was won over by their enthusiasm for the topic. In the following hour these ... » Continue Reading