Monthly Archives: January 2016

A Moment of Serenity in Midst of Busy Affairs

Incense and a moment of serenityAppreciating aroma of incense is a classical Japanese art form called Kōdō (the Way of Aroma), codified in 15th century in a set of ten principles (see below). “Brings a moment of serenity in midst of busy affairs” is the … Read the rest

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Roasted Petite Black Soybean Tea Cake

Here is a recipe for a quick and easy cake using wholesome petite black soybeans and pancake mix.

Roasted Petite Black Soybean Tea CakeI recommend using unrefined sugar. I use good quality vegetable oil instead of butter.

For the batter, I use whole-wheat pancake mix. … Read the rest

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Traditions and New Year Wishes

Japanese ladies and Ema wishing plaques

New year in Japan is filled with a variety of traditional activities. The picture above shows shrine visitors during the very first visit of their favorite shrine in the new year (called hatsumōde), in front of a display of colorful … Read the rest

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