洋食 yōshoku

In Japanese cuisine, yōshoku (洋食 western food) refers to a style of Western-influenced cooking which originated during the Meiji Restoration. These are primarily Japanized forms of European dishes, often featuring Western names, and usually written in katakana. At the beginning of the Meiji Restoration (1868 to 1912), national seclusion was eliminated, and the Meiji Emperor…

autumn setting sun

  Piercing crimson red Is the autumn setting sun On the cockscomb head -Basho

Tao Te Ching 10

Can you coax your mind from its wandering and keep to the original oneness? Can you let your body become supple as a newborn child’s? Can you cleanse your inner vision until you see nothing but the light? Can you love people and lead them without imposing your will? Can you deal with the most…

和楽器バンド wagakkibando

WagakkiBand is a musical group from Japan. The shigin lead singer Yuko Suzuhana and seven musicians fuse Vocaloid songs with wagakki (traditional Japanese musical instruments) and Western rock.Their music video Tengaku (天樂) was seen more than 200,000 times in four days. Moreover, the music video of the song Senbonzakura (千本桜) has received more than 50 million views…

a crow, autumn evening..

  On a withered bough A crow alone is perching Autumn evening now. -Basho   Art by Kawanabe Kyosai, “Black crow”

Journeys in Japan : The Niyodo River

The Niyodo River in Shikoku is one of Japan’s most beautiful rivers. It is known for the clarity of its water, which has such a distinctive aquamarine color that it’s become known in Japan as “Niyodo Blue.” Sara Ariafar explores the river and the surrounding forests. She meets with people living in the area. And…

The Last Poem of Hoshin

  The Zen Master Hoshin lived in China many years. Then he returned to the northeastern part of Japan, where he taught his disciples. When he was getting very old, he told them a story he had heard in China. This is the story: One year on the twenty-fifth of December, Tokufu, who was very…

memories

  父母のことのみおもふ秋のくれ chichi haha no     koto nomi omou     aki no kure Only memories of Father and Mother come to my mind in late autumn -Yosa Buson Art by Utamaro, “Wisteria Maiden (Fuji musume) and Demon”  

長崎くんちNagasaki Kunchi

Kunchi (くんち), also  or Nagasaki Okunchi (長崎おくんち), is the most famous festival in Nagasaki, Japan. It began as a celebration of autumn harvests in the late 16th century and became a shrine festival when Suwa Shrine was founded in 1642. Another purpose was to check for hidden Christians after the ban on Christianity. This is…

HOSEN-IN TEMPLE GARDEN

Hosen-in is one of the subtemples at the foot of Mt. Hiei in Ohara where monks from the Tendai sect temple, Enryaku-ji, come to study Buddhist chanting. The temple was partly rebuilt in the 17th century with timber from Fushimi Castle, after its warlord was defeated. Floor- boards stained with blood from battle were reverently…

loneliness

去年より又さびしひぞ秋の暮 kyonen yori      mata sabishii zo     aki no kure   Compared to last year, this has even more loneliness autumn evening. -Yosa Buson   Art by Chokosai Eisho, Morokoshi of the Echizenya, kamuro Ayano and Orino