How Meditation Brings Clarity

Meditation has become a practice that is recommended by many practitioners including therapists, new age gurus, health specialists, religions, spiritual seekers and even doctors.  So, what is meditation and why is everyone recommending it? Meditation is the practice to clear the mind. Just imagine a clear glass filled with water.   You can see right through …

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How One Tea Ceremony Taught Me So Much About Appreciation

Seattle’s Sister City in Japan is Kobe, the capital of Hyogo Prefecture.  To deepen the relationship between the two cities, they often have cultural exchanges.  This fall, the Hyogo Japanese Tea Ceremony group visited Seattle to increase cultural awareness.  It consisted of a group of young women who are learning tea ceremony accompanied by their adult mentors. …

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The Japanese Tradition of How to Work with Neutrals and Color Trends

Every year, the color industry expert, Pantone,  announces a new Color of the Year.  This year’s 2014 color is Radiant Orchid.  As the name suggests, it’s a radiant shade of lavender.   Creating trends are the brain child of marketers, who find a way to make everyone feel they have to stay up to date …

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Shinya’s Japanese Super Refrigerator – KuraBan

I don’t know why but us Japanese love new electronic technology.  Whenever a new product is introduced to the market, it seems like everyone knows about it or already has one.  It’s a type of herd society in that sense, but in general they are open, hungry and curious about any new gadget.   A while …

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Pollution Should Be Considered in Feng Shui Analysis

Feng shui is the study of how to live in accord with nature through understanding our environment and its inherent chi-energy.  We search for places that strengthen and enrich our lives.  Feng shui is a tool to help us design spaces that enhance our well-being. Dr. Hsu teaches us that Form School Feng Shui is always evolving with the times.  Just as new …

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Japanese Design – Art, Aesthetics & Culture by Patricia J Graham – Book Review

As I love and appreciate Japanese Design, this a book review. Japanese Design – Art, Aesthetics & Culture by Patricia J. Graham Japanese design and sensibility is complex and difficult for many to grasp. Yet, the book Japanese Design  — Art, Aesthetics & Culture by Patricia J. Graham has managed to capture the essence of …

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How Do We Teach Asian Respect to Children in Today’s World

Today I heard that a friend of mine is going to be a new grandparent!  How exciting to welcome new life into this world! It just seems like yesterday when my husband and I were going to be new parents.   With each birth, I experienced excitement and anxiety combined with the physical discomforts of pregnancy.   Welcoming our little babies …

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What to Consider When Choosing Paint Colors for Your House

This spring, before we moved, we decided that our home was in need of a new coat of paint.  What color was I going to paint our house?  No worries.  I was all prepared with the perfect color and ready to go…. so I thought. When painting a house, you first have to decide if you want to …

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