Robots and Elderly Care, Japanese Style

In Japan, the population of the elderly continues to increase, so finding solutions to improve the quality of life of the aged is a priority.  As a nation who loves gadgets, it’s no wonder that in some situations they now use robots to care for the elderly. In Western society, this would sound extremely inhumane.  …

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The Cultural Perception of Tattoos or Irezumi in Japan

My very limited knowledge of tattoos comes from my experience of growing up in Tokyo.  In Japanese, the word for tattoo is irezumi, 入れ墨。The first two characters together, ire(ru) means, to put in, to place or to insert.  The second, sumi, is ink.  So, it’s the insertion of ink. During the Meiji era, tattoos in …

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If We Remove Shoes in the House, Why Not Add Covers for Wheelchairs?

The Asian custom to remove shoes in the home seems to be gaining momentum throughout the world.  Many of my non-Asian friends are taking off their shoes too.  And why not!  It just makes for a cleaner, healthier home environment.  Plus, your carpets and floors stay cleaner for longer too.  Less mess, less stress – right? …

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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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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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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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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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Mobile Game for Learning Japanese Kanji – Kanjilicious on Kickstarter

I am all for education and as an enthusiast for Asian culture, I truly believe that learning a language also allows one to get a better understanding of a culture. For all of you who have thought about learning Japanese kanji, but never got around to it or thought it was too difficult, have a …

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Increase Your Energy By Spending Time with People

My one New Year’s Resolution was:  Increase Energy. I know it’s just one, but there are many facets to this one.  My step one was  – Meditate.  You can read the post here. Now, on to step two – Spend Time with People In learning about energy, Dr. Hsu tells us that people connect to …

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