- Making Tea with Children Helps Teach Values
- Beautiful Harmony
- Memories of Cherry Blossoms
- Japanese Festival of Dolls (Hina-Matsuri)
- Keeping Warm in Winter the Japanese Way
- A hot summer day in Miyazaki
- Gentle rains of early May
- What is the best season to visit Japan?
- Reflections and Hopes
- Easy Recipe for Japanese Rice with Mushrooms (Kinoko-Gohan)
- Mountains, Sacred Myths, and Respect for Nature
- The Humble Rice Paddy Holds Secrets of Japan’s Soul
- A Bold, Beautiful Lady
- Place Where There Are No Strangers
- Reflections and Hopes
- How to Take a Japanese Style Bath at Home
- Flower From Another World
- Pearl Powder for Skin Care: Facts, Benefits and How to Use
- Traditional Japanese Beauty Tips
- Green Tea Over Rice (Ochazuke) Recipe Ideas
- Japanese Green and Herbal Teas
- Irises, Yomogi and Traditions of May
- The Legend of Satsue Mito
- Kumquat Preserve with Kudzu Syrup
- A Moment of Serenity in Midst of Busy Affairs
- Roasted Petite Black Soybean Tea Cake
- Traditions and New Year Wishes
- Winter is Half Over!
- Crustless Japanese Pumpkin Pie
- When Myth Becomes Reality
- Japanese Autumn
- Baked Autumn Salmon (Aki-Sake) Recipe
- The Beauty in Odd Table Settings
- Know Your Japanese Mushrooms
- Rice Harvest Season in Miyazaki
- Sun Protection the Japanese Way
- Iced Shiso Juice on a Hot Summer Day
- A Blanket of Health
- Still Modern After 1200 Years
- Happy 95th Birthday, Grandma!
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In Japan, the tea ceremony is more than an artistic pastime for preparation and presentation of matcha. The ideals which it represents can serve as potent tools for teaching children personal and social values.
Although I am Japanese, I was … Read the rest
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
In spring irises have been appreciated in Japan for a very long time.
Their vivid color and bold beauty have inspired fashion designers and kimono makers for generations.
The picture above is of a block print by the great Utagawa … Read the rest
Here in Japan, passion for cherry blossoms run deeps in the national psyche, and anticipating their arrival every spring is an inseparable part of life bordering on obsession.
Pictures above are from nightly news national TV broadcasts in early March. … Read the rest