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Keeping Warm in Winter the Japanese Way

I live in a traditional Japanese wooden house with modest insulation.

Engawa is the Japanese version of a veranda/porch which also resembles a sunroom.

It doesn’t snow much here, though winters are fairly cold and nighttime temperatures can dip below freezing.

For me, staying comfortable in winter isn’t as trivial as setting a … Read the rest

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Winter is Half Over!

Winter-is-half-gone

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

Seeing the Glass Half Full

Thinking of January as early spring seems a bit counterintuitive, but … Read the rest

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Celebrating Coming of Age in Japan

Coming-of-age-day-in-Japan-550pxIf you are in Japan on the second Monday of January, you’ll see many young people out and about dressed in their very best,  girls especially looking beautiful in their elaborate kimonos.

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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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Winter Haiku: a Cold, Rainy Night

night, and once again as i wait for you cold wind turns into rain

night, and once again
as i wait for you
cold wind turns into rain

– Masaoka Shiki (1867 – 1902)

Masaoka Shiki is one of the four Japanese great masters of haiku (along with Basho, Buson, and IssaRead the rest

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