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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.

Japanese Autumn

autumn-foliage-in-JapanIt’s October, and the sights, smells, textures, and tastes of autumn are everywhere here in Kyushu, the southernmost of Japanese main islands.

You can even notice the packaging in local food stores adorned with seasonal patterns such as falling leaves, … Read the rest

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Still Modern After 1200 Years

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Traditional Japanese motifs and patterns are loved and admired the world over. Some are over 1,200 years old, yet they still look modern and fresh.

Most people recognize them as “Japanese” immediately, though many cannot explain why. The ones who … Read the rest

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Happy 95th Birthday, Grandma!

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It felt not that long ago when we had the honor of celebrating the 94th birthday of Fumi-san, the grandmother of our Ms. Yuri.

A year has gone by so fast. Fumi-san just turned 95. She still lives by … Read the rest

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A Small Boat and Bounty of the Sea

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Pouring rain did not stop the citizens of Odotsu from turning out to welcome the return of their new boat, Ryomei Maru, from it’s first voyage.

Odotsu is a small fishing port about 40 kilometers south of Miyazaki. Tuna fishing … Read the rest

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Winter Haiku poems

Winter and Japanese lady in kimono

on new year’s day
i long for my parents
before I was born

(ganjitsu ni | umarenu saki no | oya koishi)
Natsume Soseki (1867-1916)


the sky draws near
such a bright sunrise
aahh! new year’s day

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The Japanese Almanac (Nijushi Sekki) A New Season Every Two Weeks

The Japanese AlmanacThe Japanese almanac divides the year into 24 season-like periods, each lasting about two weeks.

These periods are markers of significant celestial events (such as equinoxes and solstices), weather cycles (such as monsoons) and ecological patterns (such as migrations and … Read the rest

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Harmony or Efficiency Which Do You Rather Pick?

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Japanese hardly ever use the word no (いいえ, i-ie), even when they mean to disagree. Instead, they prefer to express a negative statement differently, and less harshly — albeit less efficiently. Simply put, they value harmony more than being efficient.… Read the rest

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Tanabata, Festival of Forlorn Lovers

The seventh day of the seventh month in Japanese mythology is the day Tanabata – celebrating the festival of forlorn lovers.
In Japanese mythology the seventh day of the seventh month is the festival of Tanabata (meaning the “night of the seventh”) on which day Orihime and Hikoboshi, two lovers separated by the milky way, are allowed to meet once … Read the rest

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Rain, Glorious Rain!

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Today is the first day of Tsuyu, the beginning of rainy season in southern Japan. Spring is in its full glory  and gentle, warm rain has been falling all day.

It will rain here every day for the next … Read the rest

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Flying Carps, Yomogi Treats and Iris Leaves Celebrating Health and Happiness of all Children

If you see colorful carp windsocks flying in the breeze in Japan, no doubt it’s close to May 5th, the Kodomo-no-hi (Children’s Day), the day to celebrate the health and happiness of all children.

On Kodomo-no-hi children go around to … Read the rest

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