A hot summer day in Miyazaki

A hot summer day in Miyazaki

Posted by Yoshi Kai on 27th Jul 2018

In July, the sun rises before 5:30 in Miyazaki, and my day starts early.By 7 o’clock, Momo (my 5-year-old Papillon) and Yuki (my 2-year-old Japanese Spitz) have had their morning stroll by a nearby po … read more
Gentle rains of early May

Gentle rains of early May

Posted by Yukiko Kisaki on 2nd May 2018

A sure sign of summer’s arrival in Japan is warm, pleasant rains of early May, called samidare. The picture above was taken in Miyazaki Shrine. The priestess ladies are about to begin their … read more
Seven Must-eat January Herbs (Nanakusa)

Seven Must-eat January Herbs (Nanakusa)

Posted by Yoshi Kai on 2nd Feb 2018

In Japan, January 7 is the day of the Festival of Seven Herbs (Nanakusa no sekku). On this day, the Japanese make a special porridge called nanakusa-gayu with seven herbs, rice, and a bit of sal … read more
Mountains, Sacred Myths, and Respect for Nature

Mountains, Sacred Myths, and Respect for Nature

Posted by Momoko Kagamizu on 9th Aug 2017

Japanese affinity for the awe-inspiring beauty of their mountains is deep-rooted in a curious mix of sacred myths, love of outdoors, and respect for nature.Nearly 70 percent of the Japanese archipelag … read more
Fairness, Equality and the Humble Rice Paddy

Fairness, Equality and the Humble Rice Paddy

Posted by Momoko Kagamizu on 30th May 2017

The Japanese character for rice paddy is ta. It is a simple, stylish character which depicts equally divided rice paddies, representing fairness and sharing.Rice farming is an integral weave in the ta … read more