- 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 July, the sun rises before 5:30 in Miyazaki and my day starts early.
By 7 o’clock, Momo (my 5-year-old Papillon) and Yuki (my 2-year-old Japanese Spitz) have had their morning stroll by a nearby pond and begin looking for … Read the rest
A 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
I often get asked about the best season to visit Japan. Such a seemingly simple question. However, there are more choices and more “seasons” than most people realize.
Japan is a land of ever-changing seasonal tapestries in urban and rural … Read the rest
Winter solstice will be upon us soon. Days will begin to get longer and the promise of new beginnings is in the air.
As we put 2017 behind us, just as we do every year, we want to say thanks … Read the rest
Kinoko-gohan (きのこご飯) is one of my autumn favorites. I have used a frying pan with a lid to cook the rice, since I often get asked for Japanese recipes from friends who don’t have a Japanese rice cooker.
My basic … Read the rest