Winter Haiku: a Cold, Rainy Night

Winter Haiku: a Cold, Rainy Night

Posted by Momoko Kagamizu on 5th Jan 2014

night, and once again as I wait for you cold wind turns into rain (byōshō no | ware ni tsuyu chiru | omoi ari) Masaoka Shiki (1867 – 1902) Masaoka Shiki is one of the four Japanese great … read more
Are you ready for 2014?

Are you ready for 2014?

Posted by Yoshi Kai on 31st Dec 2013

All of us at WAWAZA wish you and your loved ones a happy, healthy and prosperous 2014. No matter what they are, may all your wishes for this new year come true. Happy Holidays! … read more
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
The Japanese Almanac (Nijushi Sekki)

The Japanese Almanac (Nijushi Sekki)

Posted by Taro Kobayashi on 17th Nov 2010

The Japanese almanac divides the year into 24 season-like periods, each lasting about two weeks. These periods are markers of significant celestial events (such as equinoxes and solstices), weather … read more