Spring Menu – Salad and Dessert

In the two previous blogs we’ve covered the appetizers and main courses.  This blog will have the remainder recipes for the salad, rice, pickles and dessert. Asian meals usually have rice, pickles and soup to round them off. The pickled vegetables in Japan and China, tend to be salty and sour while the Koreans enjoy …

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How to Plan a Spring Asian Party – Appetizers

Spring is just around the corner and the cherry blossoms are in full bloom.  Why not plan a Asian inspired spring party?  Start by bringing the season into your home by cutting a few cherry blossom branches and placing them in a tall vase with water.  It will lift your spirits! When putting this menu …

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Finding Time to Communicate With Your Children

Feng Shui stresses that a good environment is one that has creates good relationships;  not only with our physical environment but with our family. With the busy lifestyles of today, many find they lack time to spend with their children. But, we do have slots of time during the day when we can communicate with …

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From a Feng Shui Perspective What’s in a Personal Photograph?

A personal photograph carries so much information.  Where was the photo taken?  When did it happen?  What was the occasion?  Who else was there?  The clothes, the hairstyles, the facial expressions, the accessories, the body language, the make-up, the furniture, the food and everything in it can tell it’s own story.   Amazing how much information …

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What To Do When You Must Let Go Of Sentimental Items

In Feng Shui, space is energy, therefore, clearing the clutter is an important step in creating new energy. Letting go of sentimental items is always very difficult to do. But sometimes circumstances do not allow us to keep them.  My 96 year old uncle in Honolulu was just hospitalized for several weeks due to pneumonia.  …

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Did you know that Form School Feng Shui is the Original Feng Shui?

When I began studying Feng Shui over three years ago, I had no idea that there were many different schools of Feng Shui, each teaching very different concepts.  I encountered Master Hsu and his Blue Mountain Feng Shui Institute when he was a guest speaker at an Ikebana International meeting.  His message was so captivating …

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Why do Japanese keep a little frog figurine in their wallet when they go to Vegas?

Amongst the American Japanese who visit Vegas, a large percentage carries a little frog in their wallet or purse.  This frog can be made out of anything; origami, metal, beads, felt or even fabric. In Japanese, the word frog is “kaeru” and its homonym means “to return”.  Therefore, there is a Japanese superstition that believes …

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What is the purpose of the baseboard and what size would match my home?

In Western style homes, baseboards, sometimes called baseboard moldings or skirting, are the strips of molding against the wall where the flooring and wall meet. The main purpose of baseboards is to hide imperfections and gaps that come with building. In construction, it is very difficult to keep everything square and straight, and even if …

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Preserving Japanese Culture in Seattle – 100 Year Old Club

Yesterday we celebrated the Japanese Hyakudokai New Year’s  Celebration.  The name Hyakudokai is taken from the motto “‘keep active until 100 years old’.  According to Mrs. Horikawa, the President of the association, the club began in Hiroshima in 1957, encouraging the elderly to live long with good health and to help one another to preserve …

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