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Happy 95th Birthday, Grandma!

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It felt not that long ago when we had the honor of celebrating the 94th birthday of Fumi-san, the grandmother of our Ms. Yuri.

A year has gone by so fast. Fumi-san just turned 95. She still lives by … Read the rest

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Happy 94th Birthday, Grandma!

Last week we had the honor of celebrating the 94th birthday of Fumi-san. She is the grandmother of Ms. Yuri Nonaka, whom many of our customers have known well for years.

Fumi-san, and Yuri’s mother, Kyoko-san came to the office … Read the rest

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A Day in the Country

a day in Japanese countryside

A friend of ours owns some land deep in the mountains of Miyazaki. It’s a couple of kilometers from the nearest house and the only sounds heard are those of nature.  It is a wild place, where deer, boars and … Read the rest

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Love at First Sight

Aya is a leading sustainable organic farming community in Japan, located about 20 kilometers from Miyazaki.

I fell in love with Aya the first time I saw her. She sat quietly under an impossibly blue sky, ringed by emerald green mountains and evergreen forests.

The hills around her were dotted with wild camellia forests and citrus … Read the rest

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Shamisen and the Kimonoed Woman

Kimono-clad-lady-playing-shamisenDowntown Miyazaki is full of tall buildings packed with shops and restaurants.  At night, the neon lights and crowds of people can cause a bit of sensory overload.  That’s when I like to get off the busy roads and find … Read the rest

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Autumn’s Arrival

Japanese have a gift for acknowledging and truly appreciating each of the four seasons.  Each season has signs or markers of its arrival visible in daily life.  Autumn is seen in the appearance of kuri (chestnuts), nashi (pears), kaki (persimmons), … Read the rest

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One year since I started to take yoga

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It has been a year since I started to take yoga lessons. I have just bought a mat for home, and want to practice any chance I get.

At first, it seemed almost impossible to do the same posture (Asana) … Read the rest

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A Heavenly Song

March 8, 2013

The Japanese "Uguisu" nightingale

There is a hilly grove in the back of my house. As I was about to leave this morning I heard the distinctive, haunting song of the Japanese “uguisu” nightingale coming from the woods.

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Wild Camellia Festival in Miyazaki Tsubaki-yama

Camellia festival in Miyazaki

Tsubaki-yama (Camellia mountain) forest is a 41 hectare (100 acres) of dense wooded hills located in southern Miyazaki.

Tsubaki-yama (Camellia mountain)

Last weekend was the time for our annual Camellia festival held in Miyazaki’s “Tsubaki-yama” wild Camellia forest.

Wild Japanese Camellias (called Yabu -Tsubaki) are native to the region, and we use them to produce our Aya Camellia Read the rest

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Japanese Deep Tissue Alternative Herbal Therapy

A couple of days ago, during yoga practice I felt a severe pain in my back around my shoulder blade area.

I really did not understand how it happened, though I was aware that I was overdoing things a bit. … Read the rest

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