Barley shaking in the wind conveys a feeling of freedom and a sense of being alive in the wide expanse of the world. W.B.Yeats said, "The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper." Feeling the wind which shakes barley, I read inspiring poems, listen to wonderful music, and appreciate great art daily to sharpen my senses.

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Tai-yaki, Ningyo-yaki, and Imagawa-yaki

Tai-yaki, Ningyo-yaki, and Imagawa-yaki

posted on April 22, 2014 Tai-yaki, Ningyo-yaki, and Imagawa-yaki are favorite Japanese sweets among Japanese p […]
Cherry blossoms and spring flowers

Cherry blossoms and spring flowers

posted on April 21, 2014 Japanese springs start with Japanese plums flowering from late February through March […]
Sumo

Sumo

posted on January 27, 2014   Sumo is Japan’s national sport and the oldest sport in Japan. It origi […]
Dondo-yaki

Dondo-yaki

January 17, 2014   “Dondo-yaki” is one of Japan’s traditional folkloric events held in […]
Visit to the Imperial Palace for the New Year Greetings

Visit to the Imperial Palace for the New Year Greetings

posted on January 2, 2014 We, ordinary citizens, are allowed to enter a part of the Imperial Palace grounds on […]
New Year's Day

New Year’s Day

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Japanese people's love for their dogs

Japanese people’s love for their dogs

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Sports Day, Harvest Season, and Kanna-zuki

Sports Day, Harvest Season, and Kanna-zuki

October 16, 2013     The second Monday in October is Sports Day, which became a national holiday in […]
Autumnal Equinox Day

Autumnal Equinox Day

September 23, 2013   It’s Autumnal Equinox Day today, which is one of Japan’s national holidays. This day […]
Chushu-no-Meigetsu (Harvest Moon)

Chushu-no-Meigetsu (Harvest Moon)

September 20, 2013 Yesterday, September 19th, was the day of “中秋の名月 (Chushu-no-Meigetsu).” ”中 (chu)” means “ce […]
Respect-for-senior-Citizens Day

Respect-for-senior-Citizens Day

September 16, 2013 It’s the third Monday of September today, and it’s Respect-for-senior-Citizens Day, which i […]
Morning Glories

Morning Glories

September 9, 2013 It’s September now and it gets cool in the morning and the evening, but still there remain s […]