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Irises, Yomogi and Traditions of May

The deeply-hued, passionate ayame irises are an unmistakable sign of spring and early summer. Their vivid color and bold beauty have inspired poets, artists and kimono makers for generations.

It’s early May. The Japanese countryside is blanketed with some of the most beloved symbols of Japanese spring: passionate irises and yomogi, the Japanese “wonder herb”.

The love affair with irises and yomogi runs deep in Japan’s national psyche, … Read the rest

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Winter is Half Over! Heralding Spring's Arrival in January

 

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A typical Japanese New Year greeting goes like this: I humbly congratulate you in this early spring (Hatsu-haru no o-yorokobi o mōshiagemasu).

Japanese New-Year Card

Typical Japanese New Year card referring to January 1st as “early spring” (hatsuharu).

Seeing the

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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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Baked Autumn Salmon (Aki-Sake) Recipe With Japanese Citron-Infused Chili (Yuzu-Kosho)

Aki-sake baked salmon

This is a Japanese favorite autumn recipe for baked salmon with Yuzu-Kosho.

Autumn in the Japanese traditional calendar begins on August 7.  The day is called Risshū (立秋), meaning “Rise of Autumn”.

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Rice Harvest Season in Miyazaki

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Most parts of Japan have little choice as to when they plant their rice.  It’s usually transplanted into the rice paddies soon after the last frost has passed in the spring.

This means that mountainous areas often can’t plant their … Read the rest

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Sun Protection the Japanese Way Apparel and Safe Susncreens

Japanese women and sun protectionWhen it comes to Japanese women, sun protection is a national obsession.

Sunscreens are popular in Japan, though they are considered as the “last line of defense” in the fight against sun’s damaging rays. A comprehensive approach includes

  • Wearing protective
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Iced Shiso Juice on a Hot Summer Day

iced-shiso-juiceQuench your thirst with a zesty cup of iced shiso juice. The vibrant color and the invigorating taste is bound to liven-up any occasion.

This recipe is for making 3.5 cups of concentrate, yielding 48 cups of iced shiso juice.… Read the rest

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A Small Boat and the Bounty of the Sea

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Pouring rain did not stop the citizens of Odotsu from turning out to welcome the return of their new boat, Ryomei Maru, from it’s first voyage.

Odotsu is a small fishing port about 40 kilometers south of Miyazaki. Tuna fishing … Read the rest

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Japanese Sweet and Spicy Pickled Ginger

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Japanese pickled ginger (called “Gari”) is a very easy to prepare and deliciously healthy condiment, commonly served in sushi restaurants.

young-ginger-rootsGinger roots are in season in early summer. The young roots have a tender flesh and natural sweetness, with strong … Read the rest

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Summer Rain

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The rainy season (Tsuyu, 梅雨) has arrived in Miyazaki, as it does every year.

The weather is a balmy 20-24 degrees C (68-75 ºF), and we will have warm rains here almost every day for the next few … Read the rest

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