My Favourite Things!


Here I am living in the land of Karaoke so why not have a little sing-a-along about all my favourite things in Japan! Those who know me well know I can’t hold a tune to save myself let alone hum one! However I am not adverse to blatting out the odd version of a song emphasis on odd and definitely out of tune and never the right words!

I am also not adverse to slipping Sound of Music reference or jibes to my dear friend Michael so this wee post was also written with him in mind because next to Christmas we all know that the Sound of Music is his favourite thing!

So people if you have a nifty little outfit made from curtains some where in that wardrobe of yours, slip in on and sing along with me! Heck go the whole hog and find yourself a mountain and go skip around and sing along at the top of your voice with me!


Here are some of My Favourite Things about being in Japan.

Shrines and Temples and trains running on time

Haiku poems that don’t have to rhyme

Relaxing soak in the gorgeous hot springs

These are a few of my favorite things


Puppies in raincoats and smart manga doodles

Sushi and ocha with long soba noodles

Proud skyscrapers stretching and standing like kings

These are a few of my favorite things.

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Girls in kimono tied with elaborate sashes

Blossoms that float past my nose and eyelashes                                                                          

Crisp blue winters that melt into springs                                                                                            

These are a few of my favorite things


When the crowds suck, when it gets tough

When I’m feeling sad

I simply remember my favorite stuff

And then I don’t feel so bad


Karaoke in boxes and blogs getting written

Hot toilet seats and feeling Japan smitten

Bright paper cranes spreading their wings

These are a few of my favorite things


Cooking with cronies and making  great food

Spring and Autumn and bathing in the nude

Majestic Mount Fuji standing tall and inspiring.

These are a few of my favourite things


Museums and Gardens, so many fine arts

Traditions that last in our culture and hearts

Cheeky monkeys in the hot springs                                                                                              

These are a few of my favorite things


When the crowds suck, when it gets tough

When I’m feeling sad

I simply remember my favorite stuff

And then I don’t feel so bad
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MMMN maybe I sound submit a movie pitch to the powers that be, a sort of
modern day Sound of Music meets the King and I, Asian themed musical about a tone deaf English Teacher working and living in Tokyo………….  Possibly in Anime form ………..

Could be Oscar winning!

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11 responses to “My Favourite Things!

    • Just think of them as a very descriptive 3 lines that are like a snapshot of a brief moment in time, a picture in words. Your only constraint is the number of syllables. 5,7,5 I think? and there is another called Tanka.
      “A haiku is a compact poem of three lines. It shares with the reader the experience or observations of a poet. It talks about a mood or a moment, by juxtaposing images. The poem is composed by using simple words. The haiku focuses on a single moment, usually giving a very brief description of some event or object belonging to nature. In a haiku there is a word related to a particular season. It is called a kigo in the Japanese language.”
      “Tanka are 31-syllable poems that have been a popular form of poetry in Japan for at least 1300 years. As a form of poetry, tanka is older than haiku, and tanka poems evoke a moment or mark an occasion with concision and musicality. In Japanese, tanka is often written in one straight line, but in English and other languages, they are usually divided into the five syllabic units: 5-7-5-7-7. Usually, each line consists of one image or idea. A tanka is lyrical in nature, and it provides room to the poet to share his feelings.” got this off a poetry workshop site.

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