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31Thu 2016

The “Flip” Side of Sakura

Actually, “Sakura“, cherry tree blossom, is not the main culprit, contrary to one may think. Cedar trees (“sugi”) are, as are cypresses (“hinoki”).
As beautiful as Spring season is in Japan (and by now, we assume you have heard of Sakura and

3Thu 2016

Hinamatsuri

In Japan, March 3rd is the day of “Festival for Girls” – “ひな祭り”, “Hina matsuri“.
“Hina” literally means “chick” (in the “baby chicken” sense, though it also has the double meaning in Japanese just like in English, without the slightly pejorative sense).”Matsuri” means “festival”.
The purpose

10Wed 2016

Ryokan: Japanese Hospitality

Do you know the word “おもてなし” (“Omotenashi“)? “Omotenashi” is the way of Japanese Hospitality. The philosophy of “Omotenashi” is originally rooted in “茶道” (“Sado”). Tea ceremony – “茶会” (“Chakai”) is known as a part of “Sado”. “茶人” – “Chajin” or

29Fri 2016

Kanto Versus Kansai: What are the Differences?

An old proverb says “A man from the East (“Edokko”; “Edo” is the old name of Tokyo, “Ko” means “child”) matches well a woman from Kyoto”. According to the saying, a strong and open-hearted East man (Edokko) suits well a tender