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Gentle rains of early May

Shinto priestess ladies about to begin their work dayA sure sign of summer’s arrival in Japan is warm, pleasant rains of early May, called Samidare.

The picture above was taken in Miyazaki Shrine. The priestess ladies are about to begin their work day, which includes tasks such … Read the rest

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Place Where There Are No Strangers

The place where there are no strangers is not a place at all; it is in our hearts. To me, the pretty cherry blossoms show the way how.under cherry blossoms’ shade
even those whom we don’t know
are not strangers

                               – Issa Kobayashi (1819)

When we can share feelings with others, they are no longer strangers. If we have empathy, “others” become “we”. Where there can never … Read the rest

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Japanese Autumn

autumn-foliage-in-JapanIt’s October, and the sights, smells, textures, and tastes of autumn are everywhere here in Kyushu, the southernmost of Japanese main islands.

You can even notice the packaging in local food stores adorned with seasonal patterns such as falling leaves, … Read the rest

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Winter Haiku poems

Winter and Japanese lady in kimono

on new year’s day
i long for my parents
before I was born

(ganjitsu ni | umarenu saki no | oya koishi)
Natsume Soseki (1867-1916)


the sky draws near
such a bright sunrise
aahh! new year’s day

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Harmony or Efficiency

respect

Japanese hardly ever use the word no (いいえ, i-ie), even when they mean to disagree. Instead, they prefer to express a negative statement differently, and less harshly — albeit less efficiently. Simply put, they value harmony more than being efficient.… Read the rest

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