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SEASONAL DIVISION 節分
In Japanese tradition, Spring starts in February, with the lunar calendar. This year (2021), it started on the 3rd of February - and we celebrat...
RESOLUTIONS FOR A NEW YEAR
This picture was my wish to see on the New Year’s day morning, but it wasn’t like this… This amazingly beautiful sunrise was from the morning of...
HOW MY BRAND STARTED
I want to share with you a story of how my brand started. I lost one of my sisters in 2006. She was a joyful, energetic, and beautiful Japanes...
Whenever I visit Kamakura, I visit a small Japanese paper shop where they sell traditional Japanese papers. I normally buy packs of small origa...
CHILDREN'S DAY IN JAPAN
In 1948, the 5th of May was established the “National Holidays Act” as a national holiday “Children’s Day”. The festive date came from Chinese...
KIWARI 木割 golden ratio in Japanese timber architecture
One of the projects I worked on had a concept inspired by the Japanese shrine architecture. Curious as to what this is, I looked up. Japanese...
Many Japanese arts and crafts have decorations or patterns based on the natural world. This reflects the Shinto belief in the importance of th...
Green tea is becoming popular in the UK and I have started seeing matcha on the menu in cafes. Although it is very hard to find a place where ...
NINJA 忍者 SHINOBI 忍
What is Ninja? A lot of people think that Ninjas were once the James Bond of Japan. According to professor Yuji Yamada, who is a leading sc...
Kumiko 組子 is a characteristic ornamentation technique in traditional Japanese architecture used in the design of a Shoji Screen 障子 (paper sli...
A Tokonoma is a raised alcove in a Japanese style reception room, where hanging painting or calligraphy scroll, flower arrange...
JAPANESE NEW YEAR
It is very cold in Japan during the winter. Even so, the period around New Year’s Day is my favourite time of the year to go home, ea...
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