- Making Tea with Children Helps Teach Values
- Beautiful Harmony
- Memories of Cherry Blossoms
- Japanese Festival of Dolls (Hina-Matsuri)
- Keeping Warm in Winter the Japanese Way
- A hot summer day in Miyazaki
- Gentle rains of early May
- What is the best season to visit Japan?
- Reflections and Hopes
- Easy Recipe for Japanese Rice with Mushrooms (Kinoko-Gohan)
- Mountains, Sacred Myths, and Respect for Nature
- The Humble Rice Paddy Holds Secrets of Japan’s Soul
- A Bold, Beautiful Lady
- Place Where There Are No Strangers
- Reflections and Hopes
- How to Take a Japanese Style Bath at Home
- Flower From Another World
- Pearl Powder for Skin Care: Facts, Benefits and How to Use
- Traditional Japanese Beauty Tips
- Green Tea Over Rice (Ochazuke) Recipe Ideas
- Japanese Green and Herbal Teas
- Irises, Yomogi and Traditions of May
- The Legend of Satsue Mito
- Kumquat Preserve with Kudzu Syrup
- A Moment of Serenity in Midst of Busy Affairs
- Roasted Petite Black Soybean Tea Cake
- Traditions and New Year Wishes
- Winter is Half Over!
- Crustless Japanese Pumpkin Pie
- When Myth Becomes Reality
- Japanese Autumn
- Baked Autumn Salmon (Aki-Sake) Recipe
- The Beauty in Odd Table Settings
- Know Your Japanese Mushrooms
- Rice Harvest Season in Miyazaki
- Sun Protection the Japanese Way
- Iced Shiso Juice on a Hot Summer Day
- A Blanket of Health
- Still Modern After 1200 Years
- Happy 95th Birthday, Grandma!
Category Archives: Life & Culture
In Japan, the tea ceremony is more than an artistic pastime for preparation and presentation of matcha. The ideals which it represents can serve as potent tools for teaching children personal and social values.
Although I am Japanese, I was … Read the rest
May 1 in Japan is the dawn of the new era of Reiwa (令和, Beautiful Harmony). The entire country is abuzz with excitement, hope, and anticipation.
On this day, Naruhito, the 126th emperor of Japan will ascend to the Chrysanthemum … Read the rest
There is so much written about the beauty and profoundness of cherry blossoms. And yet, my childhood memories of them are quite simple.
I grew up in Mimasaka, a small town in Okayama prefecture. There, like in everywhere else, spring … Read the rest
In Japan, one of the sure signs of the arrival of spring is Hina-Matsuri, the Festival of Dolls.
Japanese have celebrated Hina-Matsuri since at least the 8th-century Heian period. During this time Japan experienced a great flourishing in culture. In Heian, playing … Read the rest
I live in a traditional Japanese wooden house with modest insulation.
It doesn’t snow much here, though winters are fairly cold and nighttime temperatures can dip below freezing.
For me, staying comfortable in winter isn’t as trivial as setting a … Read the rest