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How to Plan a Spring Asian Party – Appetizers

Spring is just around the corner and the cherry blossoms are in full bloom.  Why not plan a Asian inspired spring party?  Start by bringing the season into your home by cutting a few cherry blossom branches and placing them in a tall vase with water.  It will lift your spirits! When putting this menu …

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Finding Time to Communicate With Your Children

Feng Shui stresses that a good environment is one that has creates good relationships;  not only with our physical environment but with our family. With the busy lifestyles of today, many find they lack time to spend with their children. But, we do have slots of time during the day when we can communicate with …

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Why do Japanese keep a little frog figurine in their wallet when they go to Vegas?

Amongst the American Japanese who visit Vegas, a large percentage carries a little frog in their wallet or purse.  This frog can be made out of anything; origami, metal, beads, felt or even fabric. In Japanese, the word frog is “kaeru” and its homonym means “to return”.  Therefore, there is a Japanese superstition that believes …

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Preserving Japanese Culture in Seattle – 100 Year Old Club

Yesterday we celebrated the Japanese Hyakudokai New Year’s  Celebration.  The name Hyakudokai is taken from the motto “‘keep active until 100 years old’.  According to Mrs. Horikawa, the President of the association, the club began in Hiroshima in 1957, encouraging the elderly to live long with good health and to help one another to preserve …

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Happy New Year! 2010 – The Year of the Tiger

Happy 2010! Wishing everyone good health, much success, prosperity and happiness. 2010 in the Japanese zodiac is the year of the tiger. The tiger represents courage, confidence, strength, love and adventure.  These all are wonderful qualities that anyone would want.  May we all be blessed with the tiger spirit throughout the year. The past year …

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Japanese Autumn Ikebana

Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement.  Ike means ‘live’ as in ‘fresh’ flowers and bana comes from hana which is flower.  When two characters are connected the pronunciation changes, therefore hana becomes bana. When Buddhism arrived in Japan from China during the 6th century, they brought along floral offerings.  This slowly evolved into …

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Yin/Yang from an Interior Design perspective

From an interior design perspective, yin is the quiet or non-active areas of the house while yang is the active and places of gathering.  Yang rooms are the living room, kitchen and dining and the yin would be the bathrooms and bedrooms.  In the Yang room it is fine to have stimulating objects and colors …

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What does the Tai Chi or yin/yang symbol represent?

When coming across feng shui, there are various terms and theories that can be very confusing for the beginning student.  One of the important theories in feng shui is the Yin/Yang theory.  I’m sure many of you have come across the Tai Chi symbol, shown below, on various Chinese cultural related items to Asian influenced …

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