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About Kiyotake

Lives in Miyazaki, Japan and is a contributing editor to WAWAZA's blogs.

Shamisen and the Kimonoed Woman

Kimono-clad-lady-playing-shamisenDowntown Miyazaki is full of tall buildings packed with shops and restaurants.  At night, the neon lights and crowds of people can cause a bit of sensory overload.  That’s when I like to get off the busy roads and find … Read the rest

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Mr. Shiitake

Miyazaki-shiitake-mushroomsOne of the benefits of living near Japanese countryside is that fresh food is always nearby, and always affordable.  

Even so, I was completely surprised today when our local ‘shiitake man’ motored up my driveway with his truck full … Read the rest

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Mamachari: a Bike for Everyone!

In Japan, mamachari bicycles — literally “mother’s bike” — are everywhere! And they are not just for moms.

Riding a mamachari to work, school, or the local market is a part of daily life for many Japanese. Seemingly everyone, from … Read the rest

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Good-bye Rivers

I live in an older, traditional style Japanese house that was designed to stay cool during summer.  But this was the hottest summer in decades, and my house could not keep up! So most every day around noon I would … Read the rest

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Autumn’s Arrival

Japanese have a gift for acknowledging and truly appreciating each of the four seasons.  Each season has signs or markers of its arrival visible in daily life.  Autumn is seen in the appearance of kuri (chestnuts), nashi (pears), kaki (persimmons), … Read the rest

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