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

 

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).

Japanese New-Year Card

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

Seeing the

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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.

The second Monday of January is Coming-of-Age Day … 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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Cozy in Winters the Japanese Way

Kotatsu with a built-in heater is a wooden table frame covered by a blanket and a table top.

Over the centuries, Japanese have learned how to stay cozy and comfortable in winters using minimal energy and resources, and I try to put the old wisdom to use.

I live in a traditional Japanese wooden house with modest insulation. … Read the rest

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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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Winter Persimmons

Japanese 'Hoshigaki' persimmons, hung to dry under the sun.

There is a chill in the air. Winter will be here in Japan soon.  Persimmons are in season; bright red, sweet, juicy and bursting with flavor.

Our local farmers also dry them to make Hoshigaki – peeled and sun-dried over … Read the rest

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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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Kuzuyu Traditional Japanese Cold Remedy

Kuzu (or kudzu) is the Japanese Arrowroot plant, native to southern Japan, where it grows wild throughout the countryside.

Prized in Japan for use as food as well as herbal medicine. Makes a delicious beverage, and is used as an alternative to starch, flour and cornmeal.

Japanese grind the roots of the kuzu plant into a fine powder, which is used as an herbal medicine as well … Read the rest

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feel I am coming down with a cold

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

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I feel I am coming down with a cold. I will take a hot bath tonight and make myself a cup of syrupy, sweet “kuzuyu” cold remedy (kuzu powder, brown sugar and grated ginger mixed with … Read the rest

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going to get my winter clothes out today

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

I am going to get my winter clothes out today. I had packed them fairly nicely last year, so they should be alright.I am going to get my winter clothes out today. I had packed them fairly nicely last year, so they should be alright. I look forward to changing my wardrobe as the season turns.

 

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