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, …

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 …

The Symbolism of Water in Asian Culture

Water surrounds our life.  It occupies 71% of the earth.  On average, it composes 65% of our bodies.  Without water, no life can exist. In …

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 …

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 …

Happy New Year to All!

Wishing everyone a very Happy and Healthy 2015! Selling our home in July was a big move for our family. We are still in a small apartment …

Korean Art and Crafts Exhibit in Milan

I love to share art and culture from Asia.  This is a guest post by Amandine Dowle on Korean Crafts exhibited in Milan.  Aren’t they …

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