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A hot summer day in Miyazaki

In July, the sun rises before 5:30 in Miyazaki and my day starts early.

By 7 o’clock, Momo (my 5-year-old Papillon) and Yuki (my 2-year-old Japanese Spitz) have had their morning stroll by a nearby pond and begin looking for … Read the rest

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Sun Protection the Japanese Way

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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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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When Spirits Return

In Japan, summer is time for the lively Bon Odori dances festivals, held in mid-August during the 3-day celebration of Obon "Festival of the Dead". The tradition traces its origin all the way back to the 8th century Heian period.

In Japan, mid-August is time for Bon Odori dances festivals during 3-day celebration of Obon “Festival of the Dead”. The tradition traces its origin all the way back to the 8th century Heian period.

Durin Obon, streets, parks and gardens … Read the rest

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