Mamachari: a Bike for Everyone!

Mamachari: a Bike for Everyone!

Posted by Momoko Kagamizu on 21st Aug 2019

Clockwise from top left: Mother with children in Tokyo, Kimono-clad lady in Kyoto, Going surfing in Miyazaki, Mamachari “Grand-Prix” in Osaka. In Japan, mamachari bicycles — literally “mother’ … read more
Tanabata: Japanese Festival of Forlorn Lovers

Tanabata: Japanese Festival of Forlorn Lovers

Posted by Momoko Kagamizu on 7th Jul 2019

In Japanese mythology, the seventh day of the seventh month (July 7) is the festival of Tanabata. On this day, the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi, two lovers separated by the milky way, unite for th … read more
Aya, Sustainable Community in South Kyushu

Aya, Sustainable Community in South Kyushu

Posted by Taro Kobayashi on 7th Jun 2019

Aya (綾) is a picturesque sustainable organic farming community of 7,053 inhabitants (2019) located about 20 kilometers from our hometown of Miyazaki in south Kyushu island.It is nestled between t … read more
Making Tea with Children Helps Teach Values

Making Tea with Children Helps Teach Values

Posted by Yoshi Kai on 14th May 2019

In Japan, the tea ceremony is more than an artistic pastime for preparation and presentation of matcha. The ideals which it represents serve as tools for teaching children personal and social va … read more