Monthly Archives: January 2014

Heralding the Coming of Spring

Mejiro (Japanese White-eye) and spring blossoms

It is still cold, and spring seems a way off. However days are starting to get longer noticeably. The trees in my backyard are adorned with hundreds of teeny-tiny blossoms. And just like every year at this time, small, pretty … Read the rest

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Natural Farming, the Viable Alternative

Leave the care of the natural garden to the birds, no need for human knowledge or human doing, leave it to nature. Masanobu Fukuoka, natural farming pioneer

Modern agriculture and its methods have been hurting the environment and people’s health for decades.   There is a growing interest in organic food and natural farming as well as preserving biodiversity, and many seek to gain more understanding about the … Read the rest

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Save the Best for Last

There is more to a cup of Japanese green tea (O-cha) than taking in the goodness of antioxidants and its nutritional benefits. To fully appreciate its taste and aroma, you have to prepare and serve it with care.

There is more to a cup of Japanese green tea than taking in the goodness of antioxidants and its nutritional benefits.  To fully appreciate its taste and aroma, you have to prepare it correctly, and serve it with care.  Read the rest

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Winter Haiku: a Cold, Rainy Night

night, and once again as i wait for you cold wind turns into rain

night, and once again
as i wait for you
cold wind turns into rain

– Masaoka Shiki (1867 – 1902)

Masaoka Shiki is one of the four Japanese great masters of haiku (along with Basho, Buson, and IssaRead the rest

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