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Happy New Year! 2010 – The Year of the Tiger

Happy 2010! Wishing everyone good health, much success, prosperity and happiness. 2010 in the Japanese zodiac is the year of the tiger. The tiger represents courage, confidence, strength, love and adventure.  These all are wonderful qualities that anyone would want.  May we all be blessed with the tiger spirit throughout the year. The past year …

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Visual Noise and Simplifying your Interior Design

Visual noise is physical clutter in the design world.  Growing up in Tokyo one becomes accustomed to all the visual noise of the city in the shape of advertisements on buildings, inside stations, trains, buses and virtually everywhere.  With millions of people in a confined area, space is a premium so it is filled with …

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Japanese Autumn Ikebana

Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement.  Ike means ‘live’ as in ‘fresh’ flowers and bana comes from hana which is flower.  When two characters are connected the pronunciation changes, therefore hana becomes bana. When Buddhism arrived in Japan from China during the 6th century, they brought along floral offerings.  This slowly evolved into …

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Creating Zones In Your Home

Unlike the homes of the 70’s and 80’s where the kitchen, dining and living rooms were all separated into individual rooms, families today enjoy the use of a great room.  The great room usually incorporates the kitchen, family room and casual dining area.  We tend to watch T.V. and generally ‘live’ in this space.  This …

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