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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 fo … 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 wo … 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 Mar … read more
February 4th Marks the Arrival of Spring In Japan

February 4th Marks the Arrival of Spring In Japan

Posted by Taro Kobayashi on 2nd Feb 2015

In early February, though still cold in Japan, days start to get noticeably longer, and it begins to feel that winter is on its way out. Pretty plum blossoms begin to bloom first, and an early-bloom … read more
Rain, Glorious Rain!

Rain, Glorious Rain!

Posted by Taro Kobayashi on 3rd Jun 2014

Today is the first day of tsuyu, the beginning of the 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 f … read more