The Season for Gift Wrapping – Asian Accents with Origami

Gift wrapping in Japan is an art.  However, many of us don’t have the talent or fine motor skills to create such beautifully wrapped creations–including me…    To understand how this is a “skill” you have to watch this Japanese video.    She shows us how the Japanese department stores wrap their boxes.  As you will see, it’s …

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Three Asian 80/20 Rules for Health

Many in the West may know the 80/20 Rule, also known as the Pareto Principle.  It states that “80 percent of the results are achieved by 20 percent of  the group or 20 percent of your effort will generate 80 percent of your results.”  According to the Wikipedia ” Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, observed in 1906 that 80% …

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frying pan, food, kitchen

How to Cook Japanese Rice in a Frying Pan

Recently, I’ve had many requests on cooking Japanese home-style food.  There are a lot of good cookbooks and recipes available, however, when living outside of Japan, it’s often difficult to find and get all the unique Japanese produce and ingredients.  So, I decided to put together simple recipes with ingredients that are readily available in the …

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Chinese Traditional Medicine and Four Simple Guidelines to Maintain your Health

As a student of feng shui and Taoism, we learn that our health is a part of our holistic well-being.  Feng shui is about “living in harmony with nature”.  This means not only living in harmony with our living environment, it also includes how to take care of our bodies as well as our mind …

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Korean Food and the Kimchi Chronicles

Our family loves the spicy and rich flavors of Korean food.  When the kids come home during their school break, their restaurant of choice is the local Korean BBQ.  Apparently, in their neighborhoods, there are plenty of Japanese and Chinese eateries but not many Korean.  So, off we go and they consume an embarrassing amount of …

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Sogetsu Ikebana Exhibition

Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement, has many different schools of thought.  On Asian Lifestyle Design, we have shown arrangements from Ikenobo and Ryuseiha Schools.  Today, I’d like to introduce another school called Sogetsu.  Compared to Ikenobo, the original school of ikebana with a 550 year history, the Ryuseiha School is 120 years old, …

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What is the Relationship between Feng Shui and Clocks

During a feng shui consultation, once a client asked me, “Is my clock okay?”  I really didn’t understand the question.  She then asked whether the clock on the wall was placed in a good feng shui position.  I explained that there was nothing wrong with her clock and that in feng shui, clocks do not …

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Finding Harmony in Your Life

We live in this digital age where everything is just a finger tip away.  Questions on anything and everything can be answered instantaneously.  Want to know a meaning of a word?  A good restaurant?  directions? title of a song?  artist?  history?  Immediate answers have become the norm. From an Asian philosophical perspective, as a society, we …

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