Japanese New Years Traditions

Now that Christmas has come and gone, in a Japanese household, we have to start thinking of the biggest holiday of the year, New Years or Oshogatsu.  January 1st, is called Gan jitsu.  In the olden days, it was thought that the new year’s god, Toshigami-sama,  brought happiness and good harvest.  So, to welcome this …

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9 Tips to Raising your Life Energy

I was talking with a friend about how often we hear people say, “I don’t like being around people with negative energy.  They don’t make me feel good.”  And that is truly understandable.  But sometimes we can be confused on what “negative” energy really is.  What gives you “positive” energy or life energy? Life is …

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21 Acres Sustainable Agriculture- Is this the Feng Shui of Farms?

If feng shui is about “living in harmony with nature” for a building structure, then permaculture is about “living in harmony with the land.“  For those that haven’t heard of permaculture, you aren’t alone.  I’ve only learned about it in the last three years through the interest of my husband. Permaculture is a movement which began in …

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How A Power Outage Made Me Reflect On How We Live.

The core concept of feng shui is “living in harmony with nature, in tune with the heart.”  Dr. Hsu always reminds us to live in accordance with nature, following her patterns.  This means we should rise at sunrise and rest at sunset.  We should also eat regional and seasonal foods.  But, today, with all our conveniences …

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Simple Tip to Identify Organic and GMO Produce in U.S.

Do you know if your food is organic?  Do you know if it is genetically modified (GMO)?  As a consumer, is there an easy way to find this information? The other day, thanks to a young nutritionist student, we learned of a valuable little tip. In our  supermarkets here in the U.S., you often find little stickers …

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Age is Not a Number, it’s a Mindset

This week I have been most fortunate to have met and heard stories of amazing people.  I thank them for their inspiration!  Interesting how the universe connects us with people from all walks of life. Dancing next to me in my Jazzercise class was a middle aged Japanese women that I had never met before.  I later found that …

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Japanese Style Sandwiches

Japanese sandwiches are typically made with thinly sliced white bread.  Japanese style white bread is a little different from American white bread.  With a hint of butter and a slight sweetness, Japanese white bread is fluffy and elastic with a chewy texture. Also because the sandwich was an imported concept, they have no preconceived ideas on what a sandwich filling should …

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Feng Shui Mastery Program in Crimea, Ukraine

Crimea, Ukraine is an hour and a half plane ride from Kiev, a peninsula in southern Ukraine, located on the northern coast of the Black Sea. As I’m geographically challenged, which often frustrates my extended family, which includes geography professors, I have included a map. You can see it protrudes into the Black Sea.  My …

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