Aki Matsuri in Bellevue, Washington

This past weekend was the Annual Japanese Aki Matsui in Bellevue, Washington. Aki means fall and matsuri means festival.  This fabulous cultural celebration is produced by a group of volunteers, led by Tom and Katsuko Brooke called ENMA.  Their vision is to celebrate and share the rich culture of Japan with those living in the …

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The Benefits of Living With Grandparents

In Asia, it is custom to take care of your parents, so multi-generations under one roof is extremely common. Traditionally, in many Asian cultures, the oldest son takes responsibility for the care of parents. If you had no son, sometimes the families would find a husband for their daughters who would be willing to join …

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living room, family room, great room

Creating Zones In Your Home

Unlike the homes of the 70’s and 80’s where the kitchen, dining and living rooms were all separated into individual rooms, families today enjoy the use of a great room.  The great room usually incorporates the kitchen, family room and casual dining area.  We tend to watch T.V. and generally ‘live’ in this space.  This …

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