A Cup of Tea Can Solve the Small Worries

In this summer heat, you may not think about having a hot cup of tea.  But, sometimes it just solves all your small problems that are really not worth worrying about. In Asia consuming something something hot in hot weather is considered good.  This is because it gets your sweat glands and circulation going when …

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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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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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Creating Fear by Manipulating Feng Shui Symbolism

At the start of the Asian New Year, there are many feng shui practitioners and Asian astrologers who make predictions for the coming year; some call them feng shui predictions. From my studies, feng shui is about living in harmony with nature, so how can one make predictions?  They should really call them Chinese Astrological …

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