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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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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Pantone Color of the Year 2013 – Emerald Green!

  For those who follow the Lunar Calendar, Happy Chinese New Year!  With the New Year comes a new color trend.  The 2013  Pantone color of the year is Emerald.  Coming from the “Emerald City” Seattle, I am all for green.  It’s one of my favorite colors. Although I love green, for interior design purposes, Emerald Green is …

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Modern Showers vs. the Japanese Soaking Tub?

I must admit that I take water for granted.  Hot water for baths and showers, adjustable temperatures for laundry, and filtered iced water from the refrigerator are all conveniences that we enjoy with the push of a button or turn of a knob.  As the end user, I don’t really think about how this all …

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The Season for Gift Wrapping – Asian Accents with Origami

Gift wrapping in Japan is an art.  However, many of us don’t have the talent or fine motor skills to create such beautifully wrapped creations–including me…    To understand how this is a “skill” you have to watch this Japanese video.    She shows us how the Japanese department stores wrap their boxes.  As you will see, it’s …

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Three Asian 80/20 Rules for Health

Many in the West may know the 80/20 Rule, also known as the Pareto Principle.  It states that “80 percent of the results are achieved by 20 percent of  the group or 20 percent of your effort will generate 80 percent of your results.”  According to the Wikipedia ” Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, observed in 1906 that 80% …

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