Aya, Sustainable Community in South Kyushu

Aya, Sustainable Community in South Kyushu

Posted by Taro Kobayashi on 7th Jun 2019

Aya (綾) is a picturesque sustainable organic farming community of 7,053 inhabitants (2019) located about 20 kilometers from our hometown of Miyazaki in south Kyushu island. It is nestled betwe … read more
Making Tea with Children Helps Teach Values

Making Tea with Children Helps Teach Values

Posted by Yoshi Kai on 14th May 2019

In Japan, the tea ceremony is more than an artistic pastime for preparation and presentation of matcha. The ideals which it represents serve as tools for teaching children personal and social values … read more
Dawn of the Era of Beautiful Harmony

Dawn of the Era of Beautiful Harmony

Posted by Momoko Kagamizu on 26th Apr 2019

May 1 in Japan is the dawn of the new era of Reiwa (令和, Beautiful Harmony). The entire country is abuzz with excitement, hope, and anticipation. Empress Masako will accompany Emperor Naruhito, alon … read more
Memories of Cherry Blossoms

Memories of Cherry Blossoms

Posted by Yoshi Kai on 24th Mar 2019

There is so much written about the beauty and profoundness of cherry blossoms. And yet, my childhood memories of them are quite simple. I grew up in Mimasaka, a small town in Okayama prefecture. Th … read more
Japanese Festival of Dolls (Hina-Matsuri)

Japanese Festival of Dolls (Hina-Matsuri)

Posted by Yoshi Kai on 1st Mar 2019

In Japan, one of the sure signs of the arrival of spring is Hina-Matsuri, the Festival of Dolls.Japanese have celebrated Hina-Matsuri since at least the 8th-century Heian period. During this time Japa … read more