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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.

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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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

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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Save the Best for Last

There is more to a cup of Japanese green tea (O-cha) than taking in the goodness of antioxidants and its nutritional benefits. To fully appreciate its taste and aroma, you have to prepare and serve it with care.

There is more to a cup of Japanese green tea than taking in the goodness of antioxidants and its nutritional benefits.  To fully appreciate its taste and aroma, you have to prepare it correctly, and serve it with care.  Read the rest

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