knowing four seasons

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Our scenes could tell the season changing that a temperature raise or goes down, young green leave start to come out or colorful foliage drops the end of fall season. However, how much we know how deeply the four seasons involves in our life style or arts? Learning more appreciation of four seasons that we have. ‘Japan and the culture of four seasons’ -Haruo Shirane

Deep bow

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I was horned to be invited to a very special reception last week and a special person pinned this beautiful button on my jacket.  What a beautiful cherry blossom logo (illustration) for summer olympic Tokyo 2020. Also, my dear friend, Kazue Sakai has sent me Japanese souvenir “Nippon-Ichi” which wonderfully abstracts Japanese culture. Deep bow-

another way to use…

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Another way to use the rice plant is for Japanese traditional New Year decorations. On the house entry door or on the porch to prevent malicious spirits from entering, a special knitted rope is made from rice straws called Shimenawa (しめなわ, 注連縄). Rice Straw: This brings hope for a good harvest season, Tangerine: Continue great descendants, Pine tree twig: Works against evil spirits,  Mizuhiki: Traditional Knot, Hope for great connection and Shide: Paper Deco, Symbol of a sanctuary. Great Workshop Conducted by Master Florist Yumi Ichihashi of Baum at Globus Washitsu.

preserving and spreading the beauty

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I received a large package from Japan. It is from my friend Kazue Sakai. What a beautiful gift! She is passing on her gorgeous Kimono. Words cannot describe the beauty and amazement to receive such a generous gift. In her note, she stated her reward is that I am a part of preserving and spreading the beauty of the Japanese culture and the Kimono around the world. I promise her that I will do my best to honor her wishes.

I admire a lot of people, but at the top is her along with my mother. She is a Japanese Landscape Architect who was only few female Landscape Architect in her generation. She has been such a very important person in my life. She taught me the way to find a deep philosophy within Landscape Architecture to devote myself to implement what I had learned into society. She also has shared and taught Japanese culture to me since I first met her in the Spring of 1993. I had a lot of amazing memories with her when I was in Japan and our journal continues even though we are 6,737miles away apart.

Her home and office is located in Tokyo, but she also owns a tea house in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture where is her hometown. http://www.tanso-an.jp/index1.html  If you are near, please check out her tea house “露蓮(はちすのつゆ)”.

I can’t wait to try on the Kimono, soon!