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Yuri

About Yuri

Yuri is a contributing editor for Miyazaki Whispers. She has graduate degrees from Ochanomizu University in Tokyo in Japanese classical arts and Yamaguchi University in nutrition and food science. Yuri’s interests are Japanese herbal science and yoga.

How to Take a Japanese Style Bath at Home

you can incorporate the essential elements of the Japanese bath ritual into your routineIf you live outside Japan, chances are your home is not equipped with a Japanese style bath. Even so, you can still incorporate the essential elements of the Japanese bath ritual into your routine.

Cleanse, Bathe, Power Down

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Traditional Japanese Beauty Tips

Traditional Japanese women's tips on beauty, skin, body and hair care

Below are summaries of informative posts and how-to’s on our site about Japanese women and their traditional beauty routines.

Beauty Tips of Japanese Women

Japanese beauty tipsIf there is no beauty gene, then why are Japanese women regarded as so beautiful by … Read the rest

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Iced Shiso Juice on a Hot Summer Day

iced-shiso-juiceQuench your thirst with a zesty cup of iced shiso juice. The vibrant color and the invigorating taste is bound to liven-up any occasion.

This recipe is for making 3.5 cups of concentrate, yielding 48 cups of iced shiso juice.… Read the rest

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Summer Rain

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The rainy season (Tsuyu, 梅雨) has arrived in Miyazaki, as it does every year.

The weather is a balmy 20-24 degrees C (68-75 ºF), and we will have warm rains here almost every day for the next few … Read the rest

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Irises and the Moment

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In spring irises have been appreciated in Japan for a very long time.

Their vivid color and bold beauty have inspired fashion designers and kimono makers for generations.

The picture above is of a block print by the great Utagawa … Read the rest

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Respect

Limits, boundaries and respect

The picture above is of a common sight in Japan. It is a stick of bamboo placed low on the ground to mark an off-limits area. But if you do not respect it, there is no way it can keep … Read the rest

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Festival of Dolls

Hinamatsuri girl's festival

March 3 in Japan is Hina Matsuri, the Doll Festival. It is a day of national celebration of young girls, and a day of prayers for their wellness and continued happiness in life.

Families with little girls make elaborate displays … Read the rest

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Aburatorigami: 1000-year-old Japanese Facial Care

If you could peek into a Japanese lady's purse, chances are you would find delicate sheets of paper called Aburatorigami.

If you could peek into a Japanese lady’s purse, chances are you would find delicate sheets of paper called Aburatorigami. But they have nothing to do with taking notes.

Aburatorigami (literally “oil removal paper”) has been an essential … Read the rest

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Important Things are Seldom Urgent

Japanese lady in kimono arranging ikebana

If you like Slow Food and Slow Life, you will love Kadō.

Kadō (the “way of flowers”) is the Japanese art of flower arrangement, also known as Ikebana (“living flowers”). Far beyond just making beautiful displays, Kadō is a spiritual … Read the rest

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When Spirits Return Japanese Traditions of August

In Japan, summer is time for the lively Bon Odori dances festivals, held in mid-August during the 3-day celebration of Obon "Festival of the Dead". The tradition traces its origin all the way back to the 8th century Heian period.

In Japan, mid-August is time for Bon Odori dances festivals during 3-day celebration of Obon “Festival of the Dead”. The tradition traces its origin all the way back to the 8th century Heian period.

Durin Obon, streets, parks and gardens … Read the rest

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