Hoshigaki: Dried Winter Persimmons

Hoshigaki: Dried Winter Persimmons

Posted by Yuri Nonaka on 4th Dec 2013

There is a chill in the air. Winter will be here in Japan soon. Persimmons are in season; bright red, sweet, juicy and bursting with flavor. Our local farmers dry them to make a tasty treat calle … read more
Festival of Wild Camellias in Miyazaki

Festival of Wild Camellias in Miyazaki

Posted by Yukiko Kisaki on 27th Feb 2013

Last weekend was the time for our annual tsubaki matsuri Festival of Camellias in Miyazaki's Tsubakiyama (Camellia forest). Wild Japanese Camellias (called yabu tsubaki) are native to the region, a … read more
Managing Waste in My Town

Managing Waste in My Town

Posted by Yuri Nonaka on 6th Dec 2012

Here in Miyazaki, there is a city-wide effort to reduce waste under a program called 5-R. Refuse: Avoid accepting items that will become unnecessary trash. Reduce: Generate less trash. Reuse: Get … read more
A Bundle of Joy  in an Unlikely Place

A Bundle of Joy in an Unlikely Place

Posted by Taro Kobayashi on 12th Jul 2012

One of our staff members, Ms. Yuri, lives by the Komatsu creek near the center of Miyazaki. A few nights ago, during a summer rainstorm, she could hear the constant cries of a kitten coming from outsi … read more
Tokyo Story: A Deeply Personal Movie

Tokyo Story: A Deeply Personal Movie

Posted by Momoko Kagamizu on 4th Jun 2011

Toky Story ( tokyo monogatari) is an unpretentious, profoundly personal and visually stunning movie directed in 1953 by the celebrated Japanese filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu. Tokyo Story is a tale of cont … read more