A year ago today I sat down and wrote my first blog entry about how to become lost in Japan (it's all in the maps, north not necessarily being at the top). 177 posts later I've covered topics from lunch boxes to lakes (and why people don't swim in them), why traffic lights are blue and what to do in an earthquake. Occasionally the posts become suddenly popular then I'll find a re-post somewhere around the world. USA, Japan and UK are regularly popular but every now and then Rumania or Greece might pop up, China and Russia too.
The most popular posts to date related to finding John Lennon in the forests of Karuizawa and another on the meaning of kawanoji, the family waking up together. The blog was started to help people understand a little more about the alternative aspects of Japan, a "But Why?" information centre, a beginner's guide. I hope you've enjoyed it and if you have any questions about Japan feel free to ask. And now I'm off to celebrate my first birthday!