Many, many thanks to Buri-chan writer of the San’in Monogatari, who nominated my blog for the Liebster award. I am very happy and proud, that Japan Kaleidoskop was rewarded after I have been writing about Japan since January this year. What a great Christmas present!
The Liebster award is intended to give some exposure to small blogs with less than 200 followers. The rules are as follows:
1] Link back to the blogger who nominated you
2] Answer the 11 questions given to you by the blogger who nominated you
3] Nominate 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers
4] Go to the blogs you nominated and notify them of your nomination
5] Give your nominees 11 questions to answer.
Questions from Buri-chan, author of the San’in Monogatari. Legends, folktales, and anecdotes from Japan’s San’in region.
1. What inspires you to blog? My strong relationship to Japan. I have spent a long time in Japan, with lovely people and had probably the greatest time in my life there. I am fascinated by the Japanese culture, love Japanese art, design and food, also I read many Japanese books.
2. What do you hope readers take away from your blog? I hope my readers are entertained by the Japanese art and maybe read some of the books I review here. I understand my blog as a medium to connect with people of the same interests and like to share thoughts about Japan.
3. In a world without the internet, how would you try to accomplish the above? I would write articles or books otherwise and get connected to Japan-related circles in the real life as I have done already. The Internet makes everything easier though.
4. Would you rather live in the mountains or by the beach? Definitely by the beach. I love the sea very much. I like to take a walk on the beach, hear the sound of the waves, the sea gulls, the smell of the water. I like sailing and eating fish.
5. What food are you proud you tried, but would never eat again? I would love to eat agedashidofu 揚げ出し豆腐 with dried bonito flakes again. Nowadays I am not eating it, because it’s not easily available where I live apart from eating it in a restaurant. Here is a agedashi tofu recipe for foreigners, I have not tried yet.
But I cannot think of anything, that I am proud of trying. I should have tried maybe natto, but could not because the smell is so nasty.
6. Do you have any interesting stories behind any scars? I am lucky to have no scars and hope that this will last.
7. How would you pitch your favorite travel destination to someone who has never heard of it? I would google it and show him the beautiful pictures on the Internet.
8. Your camera breaks while you’re on an exciting vacation. What do you do?
I would make drawings of everything and write a more detailed travel diary. It would be fun, if I could record the background sound or interview people. Something I do on every travel is I am collecting small things like stones, sea shells, every kind of paper, press leaves and flowers, fill sand into small glasses and take original food with me to bring it home and share it with my friends and family.
9. However big or small, what’s something you have always wanted to try doing? I hope I can travel to Australia and New Zealand.
10. A favorite childhood memory? I loved to play with my cat. She was such a funny friend. Sometimes she brought a mouse to our home in order to give us a present.
11. What person, in any place or time period, would you trade places with for a day? In that case I wanted to be Sei Shônagon for one day. The court lady and female author of the pillow book.
MY 11 NOMINATIONS
Here is my list of my 11 nominations. I do not know exactly, how many followers they have, but I made a choice of blogs I love to read and most of them show very beautiful pictures related to Japan.
1. Toshidama Japanese Prints — A professional blog about Japanese woodblock prints of the 19th century with very detailed background information and great pictures.
2. Monkeybrainsushi — An amateur photographer’s blog with brilliant pictures in black and white of scenes in Japan.
3. The Adventurers of Furochan- nomming my way through life — Tales from a Japanese blogger, who writes about daily life in Tokyo and has much to say about food. Yummy, lovely.
4. Like some Cat from Japan — A lovely blog of an English teacher living in Japan.
5. Tuesday in Silhouette- A reading Journal — About world literature and of course Japanese book reviews.
6. Having a Ball in Japan – How football drew me to love Japan — An interesting personal blog about everything Japanese and travel stories.
7. Making Miso Tasty — Everything about Miso.
8. Illostrophy — You have to do it by yourself … And you can’t do it alone. [Martin Rutte], that is the blog’s motto and it provides a lot of beautiful pictures of Japan.
9. I will make it myself — All about Japanese food, with delicious recipes and pictures.
10. Lost in Translation — A lovely blog diary and insights of living in Japan with many pictures and personal stories.
11. Big Sushi, Little Fishes: A Tokyo Blog — A very interesting blog about everything relating to Tokyo.
MY 11 QUESTIONS
1. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
2. Do you remember your first blog post? What was it about?
3. Is there something that you learned recently?
3. What excites you most?
4. Are you a glass half-full or half-empty person?
5. How many of other people’s blog’s do you read regularly?
6. If you were not promoting your blog, would you still use Twitter or Facebook?
7. Do you blog according to a schedule or is it more random?
8. Who is your favorite Japanese author?
9. Do you like living in Japan?
10. What do you want to improve in your life?
11. What are you waiting for?
I will contact the nominated blogs as soon as possible and I am looking forward to hearing their answers. Have a nice day!