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Happy 94th Birthday, Grandma!

Happy 94th Birthday, Grandma!

Posted by Yoshi Kai on 13th Jun 2014

Last week we had the honor of celebrating the 94th birthday of Fumi-san. She is the grandmother of Ms. Yuri Nonaka, whom many of our customers have known well for years. Fumi-san, and Yuri’s … read more
Rain, Glorious Rain!

Rain, Glorious Rain!

Posted by Taro Kobayashi on 3rd Jun 2014

Today is the first day of tsuyu, the beginning of the rainy season in southern Japan.  Spring is in its full glory and gentle, warm rain has been falling all day. It will rain here every day f … read more
No Health Insurance Required

No Health Insurance Required

Posted by Taro Kobayashi on 2nd Apr 2014

Thirty dedicated volunteer “Toy Doctors” in our town, Miyazaki, run an organization called The Toy Hospital (omocha-no-biyouin in Japanese.) As you have might have guessed, they mend br … read more
Blossoms and Birds Herald the Coming of Spring

Blossoms and Birds Herald the Coming of Spring

Posted by Yoshi Kai on 2nd Feb 2014

It is still cold, and Spring seems a way off. However, days are starting to get longer noticeably, and unmistakable signs of change are in the air. The plum trees in my backyard have hundreds of pr … read more
Winter Haiku: a Cold, Rainy Night

Winter Haiku: a Cold, Rainy Night

Posted by Momoko Kagamizu on 5th Jan 2014

night, and once again as I wait for you cold wind turns into rain (byōshō no | ware ni tsuyu chiru | omoi ari) Masaoka Shiki (1867 – 1902) Masaoka Shiki is one of the four Japanese great … read more