Happy Girl’s Day

Today March 3rd is Girl’s Day in Japan.  I was thinking about this all day today.  Girl’s Day.  I don’t know any other country that …

The Year of the Rooster

The Japanese New Year is on January 1st, which has come and gone.  The Chinese New Year based on the lunar calendar changes every year. …

New Year, New Beginnings

May 2017 bring good health, much love and joy to you and your family. In Japan, if there is a death in the family during …


Japanese Forest Bathing For Your Health!

Now is the season to go hiking and enjoy the outdoors.  Living in the Pacific Northwest, we are blessed with many trails throughout the area …

Japanese Gold Leaf Tea

My girlfriend gave me a few packets of Japanese Gold Leaf Tea.  The Japanese characters on the packet says, Jun Kin Cha, or Genuine Gold Tea. …

Omiyage, the Japanese Custom of Gifting

Omiyage, is the Japanese custom of gifting that is ingrained in our culture.  When we are invited over to someone’s home for a meal or …

Lessons from the Japanese Culture of Ikebana

Ikebana is the known as Japanese flower arrangement.  As a student of ikebana of many years, I want people to know that ikebana is not …

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.  …

Everyday Chinese Cookbook – by Katie Chin

In most Asian families, food and cooking are very much central to our lives.  We celebrate many special occasions using food as symbolism. But it’s …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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