Monthly Archives: December 2014

Cozy in Winters the Japanese Way

Kotatsu with a built-in heater is a wooden table frame covered by a blanket and a table top.

Over the centuries, Japanese have learned how to stay cozy and comfortable in winters using minimal energy and resources, and I try to put the old wisdom to use.

I live in a traditional Japanese wooden house with modest insulation. … Read the rest

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Aburatorigami: 1000-year-old Japanese Facial Care

If you could peek into a Japanese lady's purse, chances are you would find delicate sheets of paper called Aburatorigami.

If you could peek into a Japanese lady’s purse, chances are you would find delicate sheets of paper called Aburatorigami. But they have nothing to do with taking notes.

Aburatorigami (literally “oil removal paper”) has been an essential … Read the rest

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The Japanese Almanac (Nijushi Sekki) A New Season Every Two Weeks

The Japanese AlmanacThe Japanese almanac divides the year into 24 season-like periods, each lasting about two weeks.

These periods are markers of significant celestial events (such as equinoxes and solstices), weather cycles (such as monsoons) and ecological patterns (such as migrations and … Read the rest

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