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, go is five and san is three. This makes it pretty easy to remember what this festival is about! The Shichigosan festival, thought to be over 400 years old, is …

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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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Korean Food and the Kimchi Chronicles

Our family loves the spicy and rich flavors of Korean food.  When the kids come home during their school break, their restaurant of choice is the local Korean BBQ.  Apparently, in their neighborhoods, there are plenty of Japanese and Chinese eateries but not many Korean.  So, off we go and they consume an embarrassing amount of …

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Chado Urasenke Tankokai Seattle 40th Anniversary

This year marks the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Seattle Association’s 40th Anniversary.  Chado, also called Chanoyu or Sado is Japanese Tea Ceremony or Way of Tea. Chado in Seattle began in the 1930’s when Madam Kiyomi Otani began teaching in her home.  Then during WWII, the Japanese were sent to internment camps.  But that didn’t stop Madame Otani …

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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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Preserving Japanese Culture in Seattle – 100 Year Old Club

Yesterday we celebrated the Japanese Hyakudokai New Year’s  Celebration.  The name Hyakudokai is taken from the motto “‘keep active until 100 years old’.  According to Mrs. Horikawa, the President of the association, the club began in Hiroshima in 1957, encouraging the elderly to live long with good health and to help one another to preserve …

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