Colorful Flying Koi (carp) at textile event in Tokyo
Sep17

Colorful Flying Koi (carp) at textile event in Tokyo

The largest gallery space in Tokyo (18000 sq. ft.) was recently home to 300 koinobori (carp streamers) designed by Japan’s Reiko Sudo (founder of Nuno Corporation), one of the world’s leading textile designers where the fabric fish powerfully splashed their way through the exhibit. Sudo had been inspired by the traditional annual event of flying Japanese colorful carp flags on Children’s Day when she collaborated...

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Highlights of Day 3 of September 2018 Sumo Tournament
Sep16
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Highlights of Day 2 of September 2018 Sumo Tournament
Sep15
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A TREE MOVES IN MINATO-KU by Amy Katoh
Sep15

A TREE MOVES IN MINATO-KU by Amy Katoh

A TREE MOVES IN MINATO-KU It’s a matter of priorities.  Minato Ward has its right! Unbeknownst to me, the powers that are in Tokyo’s Minato ward, where many Embassies are located, and many international residents of Tokyo live, decided that the venerable camphor tree in the historic Arisugawa Park needed to be moved.  By chance or no, I happened by on moving day and was astonished by the large group of helmets assembled around the...

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Highlights of Day 1 of September 2018 Sumo Tournament
Sep14
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Autumnal Eggplant  秋茄子 “aki nasu”
Sep12

Autumnal Eggplant 秋茄子 “aki nasu”

by Elizabeth Andoh Botanically a fruit, not a vegetable, eggplant (Solanum melongena) is a member of the nightshade family (as is the tomato and potato). Thought to have originated in India thousands of years ago, the Chinese were probably the first to make use of eggplant in a culinary manner. Widely known throughout Asia, eggplant most likely traveled to Japan in the 7th or 8th century A.D. (though it was not eaten by the general...

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