Belonging to two cultures: an interview with Richard Emmert, a Westerner in Japan

In the latter part of 2015 I saw a demonstration of Noh Mask making at the Japan Foundation in Sydney.  Not only was it an interesting and thoughtful evening, it was also a really eye-opening experience.  It makes me feel really fortunate that I have access to the events and facilities that organisations like the Japan Foundation hold, and I would really encourage anyone interested in Japanese culture (or anyone just wanting to tap into another culture) to check them out. ... We are all ...

Mira’s Hand: authentic Moroccan skincare range developed right here in Australia

The other day I looked at my winter weathered face and thought, "bleccccch".  Cold air, hot showers, artificial heating in buildings and all the copious amounts of coffee all made me look (and feel) like a tired ole rag. Which is always the bestest worst feeling (bleccccch).  I've had a lot of daydreams lately of warm balmy breezes, exotic locations, relaxing in the sun. It's hard to get moving in the mornings when it's freezing.  Introducing a little bit of warmth and excitement to my otherwise ...

Muay Thai talk with champ Nadine Champion

Muay Thai, according to Wikipedia, is "a combat sport of Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques" (thanks Wikipedia).   That sounds completely dry and not exciting at all, but having watched a couple of fights both in Thailand and in Sydney, I can tell you that Muay Thai is an exciting sport to watch live, but sheesh it looks hard as hell. Nadine Champion is not just a Muay Thai teacher, she's also a champion fighter with 30 years experience.  As a woman ...

Cristin Kelly’s experience of being an American in Australia

Cristin Kelly, as you will see as you read further on in this blog post, is an American in Australia. She's a wordsmith with a Master’s in Dramaturgy & Theatre Criticism, and, as you'll see from her About page on her blog, Between Roots and Wings, she's also got a wonderful sense of humour, quoting that her Mom (I'm obvs using the American spelling) said of her blog, "This is hands down the best blog I’ve ever read about being an American in Sydney, Australia".  This is Cristin, by the ...