Multi-Functional Spaces from a New Perspective

The traditional concept of multi-functional spaces is deeply rooted in Asian culture. In Japan, the modular rooms would change in size with the use of the shoji sliding doors.  Two six mat tatami rooms could transform into a twelve mat room where the family could enjoy their meals together by opening the shoji doors and …

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Is it Considered Bad Manners to Slurp Soup and Ramen Noodles?

Soup noodles are Asian’s comfort food. Just to name a few, in Hawaii, we have saimin, which has a seafood soup base.  It’s such a staple food there that they even serve saimin in local McDonalds!  The Japanese love their ramen, the Chinese have delicious wonton min, then there’s the wonderfully spicy Malaysian laksa, the delicate …

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Many Feng Shui Teachings Consider a Red Door Auspicious. Is There an Ideal Color for a Front Door?

Master Hsu and I are working hard on finishing our book Feng Shui: Truths, Myths and Misconceptions. This article was taken from the book, to give you a taste of what’s to come. So is there an ideal color for a front door? True Feng Shui concepts never suggest one color is better than another …

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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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