Place Where There Are No Strangers

Place Where There Are No Strangers

Posted by Momoko Kagamizu on 5th Mar 2017

under cherry blossoms’ shadeeven those whom we don’t knoware not strangers (Issa Kobayashi, 1819) When we can share feelings with others, they are no longer strangers. If we have empathy, “other … read more
This Red Lily is a Visitor From Another World

This Red Lily is a Visitor From Another World

Posted by Yoshi Kai on 22nd Sep 2016

Autumn has just arrived in Japan, and the mystical, other-worldly looking higanbana (red spider lily, Lycoris radiata) is in bloom. It's time for the Japanese to return to their family homes for … read more
The Legend of Satsue Mito

The Legend of Satsue Mito

Posted by Yoshi Kai on 10th Mar 2016

April 7 marks the 102nd birthday of Satsue Mito (April 21, 1914 – April 7, 2012).I had the good fortune of meeting Mito-sensei, as everybody lovingly called her, in 2007. She was a tender woman, and … read more
Japanese Wagara Motifs Modern After 1200 Years

Japanese Wagara Motifs Modern After 1200 Years

Posted by Momoko Kagamizu on 30th Jun 2015

Traditional Japanese motifs are loved and admired the world over. Most people recognize them as “Japanese” immediately, though many cannot explain why. Ones who do, know that they are a Japanese art … read more
A Passion for Cherry Blossoms

A Passion for Cherry Blossoms

Posted by Momoko Kagamizu on 5th Mar 2015

In Japan, passion for cherry blossoms run deeps and anticipating their arrival every spring borders on a national obsession.Pictures above are from nightly news national TV broadcasts in early March. … read more