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This post was written by collaboration and contributions of the staff at WAWAZA Japanese Traditional Beauty and Wellness based in Miyazaki, Japan.

Gentle rains of early May

Shinto priestess ladies about to begin their work dayA 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 work day, which includes tasks such … Read the rest

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Mountains, Sacred Myths, and Respect for Nature

Japanese affinity for 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 per cent of the Japanese archipelago is covered in breathtaking mountain ranges and majestic … Read the rest

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The Humble Rice Paddy Holds Secrets of Japan’s Soul

For the Japanese, rice farming is more than just agriculture; it is the essence of culture, community and indeed life itself.

It is hard to exaggerate the reverence Japanese have for rice farming. Organized rice cultivation in Japan began about … Read the rest

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A Bold, Beautiful Lady

Tōkō Shinoda is an avant-garde Japanese painter who keeps creating masterpieces. She just turned 104.

Toko Shinoda is a leading Japanese avant-garde painter who just turned 104. For over seventy years she has kept on creating bold, evocative art which speak from her heart.

Picture above is of a 2005 painting by Toko-san. Black strokes … Read the rest

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Place Where There Are No Strangers

The place where there are no strangers is not a place at all; it is in our hearts. To me, the pretty cherry blossoms show the way how.under cherry blossoms’ shade
even those whom we don’t know
are not strangers

                               – Issa Kobayashi (1819)

When we can share feelings with others, they are no longer strangers. If we have empathy, “others” become “we”. Where there can never … Read the rest

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