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Issey Miyake
Jul01

Issey Miyake

Spring Summer 2016 Menswear 10-minute video featuring Issey Miyake’s new mens line Issey Miyake Fall 2015/Winter 2016 Womenswear 11-minute video of Issey Miyake’s latest fashion show. Issey Miyake Men 2015 Spring Summer A 10 minute-video entitled “Tropical Dandies” of a catwalk presentation of Issey Miyake’s current men’s line.   14-minute fashion show video:  Issey Miyake’s collection for...

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A Taste of Culture by Elizabeth Andoh
Jun12

A Taste of Culture by Elizabeth Andoh

May, 2016 A Taste of Culture Newsletter: BAMBOO WORDS © Copyright, 2016.  All rights reserved by Elizabeth Andoh. Dear friends, colleagues and those who have expressed an interest in the FOOD & CULTURE of Japan:   Bamboo Words Ta ké no ko Kotoba たけのこ言葉   Bamboo shoots inspire culinary creativity at table… and provide semantic fun in conversation. Here are five quirky, linguistic manifestations of Takénoko:     Takénoko...

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SAKE お酒 by John Gauntner
May23

SAKE お酒 by John Gauntner

Sake of the Month – June, 2011: Fukucho “Moon on the Water” Junmai Ginjo Steve here: The world of sake brewing was traditionally a man's world. Tell us about a sake made by a woman. John Gauntner: How about the Junmai Ginjo called Fukucho, “Moon on the Water?” This sake hails from Hiroshima Prefecture and is brewed by Miho Imada, the daughter of the company’s president and owner-inherit. Imada took over the operation when...

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O-toso New year’s sake
Jan12

O-toso New year’s sake

    O-toso: New Year's Sake – A drink on the day keeps the doctor away     It is a rare occasion and ceremony that does not include some sake in Japan, and that harbinger of renewal, New Year’s Day, is no exception. Although sake figures prominently in O-shogatsu (New Year’s) celebrations from morning to night, opening the year with a prayer for health in the form of drinking O-toso is perhaps the most interesting.   Just...

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Haniwa: 3-part novella………….
Oct20

Haniwa: 3-part novella………….

Part I by Blair Reeve     I. The genesis of my own story about haniwa resides in another—an ancient Japanese legend I came across in Tokyo three years ago. My wife and I were living in Minato-ku at that time, planning for a family, although a year had gone by without success. This wasn’t a surprise. The doctor had told me in private, “Haruka is in her thirties. At that age, her chances are greatly reduced.” When I came across the...

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SWEET NOTHING
Jul20

SWEET NOTHING

SWEET NOTHING By Lauren Deutsch ……….. Tea Sweets for the Way of Tea [From an article published in the mid-1990's, in Steve Beimel's now-retired journal, The Kyoto Diary.] Question: Which of these does not belong? (a) Earth. (b) Metal. (c) Fire. (d) Water. (e) Air. (f) Wood. (g) Beans. (h) Rice Answer: They're all basic elements in the alchemy of chanoyu, the Japanese tea ritual. The first six are the...

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