Asian Lifestyle Design Holiday Zen Wish List

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We are in the holiday season and thoughts of family and friends come into focus. Here is my Holiday Zen Wish List. This is centered on lots of comfort, warmth, and a bit of extravagance. I put this list together so it creates a whole evening experience from enjoying …

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Shichigosan: The Japanese Festival for 7, 5, and 3 Year Olds

The Japaneses Shichigosan festival celebrates children who are 7,5, and 3.  The word, Shichigosan is literally a combination of three numbers in Japanese; shichi is seven, go is five and san is three. This makes it pretty easy to remember what this festival is about! The Shichigosan festival, thought to be over 400 years old, is …

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Sogetsu Ikebana and the Fundamental Energy of Plants

Ikebana, the traditional Japanese art of flower arrangement, has a 600 year history.  It began when the practice of offering small flower arrangements to Buddhist shrines were taken out of the religious context.  It originally developed as an art to enjoy nature, bringing flowers into the Japanese home.  Today, in this age of information technology, ikebana …

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Urban Design and the Art of Camouflage

Design in urban areas has really improved over the years.  Today, there are visible signs of the extra steps they have taken to beautify the city.  One of the things I really appreciate is how they have begun to camouflage unsightly utility and mechanical boxes in public spaces.    Usually, on the sides of streets and roads, we often see …

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9 Reasons to Drink Matcha Green Tea to Kick Start Your Healthy Lifestyle

Green tea is regarded by many nutrition experts as one of the items on any top 10 list of super foods in terms of antioxidant quantity, health benefits or weight loss. In particular is the green tea powder called Matcha – which is made from stone ground natural green tea leaves grown in Japan. But …

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Our Downsizing Story After One Year

It’s been a year since moving and as promised, I am finally reporting on our downsizing experience.  I just don’t know where the time goes! In my experience, I always find that there is a honeymoon period to moving.  Change can be exciting.  For those that are the curious type, it allows for opportunity to try new …

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Quick and Healthy Chinese Broccoli – Gai-Lan

It’s become more and more evident that we need to increase our green veggie intake to our diet for better health.  I love Winnie’s quick recipe for gai-lan, Chinese broccoli, also known as kai-lan, depending on where you shop. Gai-lan has large dark green leaves, a thick stem, and often has tiny yellow flowers.   Once cooked, the stems …

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Asian Design, the Star of Casinos Today, Casinos seeking to draw in the Asian affluent with Asian influence

This is a guest post on Asian Design Influence. Casinos have always been known for their extravagance. From the majestic Casino de Monte Carlo in Monaco to the centuries-old Hippodrome Casino in London, many casinos are feats of architectural marvel. And inside these casinos, we see beautiful room and magnificent décor fit for a king. …

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How to Bring Chi to an Office with No Windows

Several clients have lamented that they have no windows in their office. One shared, “I don’t know if it’s sunny or raining. After a while, I have to get out of my office so I can see outside. I don’t know why, but I just want to know what the weather is like.” Imagine sitting …

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