浅草田甫酉の町詣 Asakusa tanbu Torinomachi mōde

Asakusa Ricefields and Torinomachi Festival, Yoshiwara teahouse The white cat represents a courtesan who just finished her work; the festival of the rooster is hinted at by bear’s paw hairpins resembling the good luck rakes carried by pilgrims in the background.

pulling jumbo daikon

鞍壺に小坊主乗るや大根引 kuratsubo ni kobōzu noru ya daiko hiki Mounting to the saddle For a little lad is like Pulling jumbo radishes! -Matsuo Basho    

Fermented food

All different kinds of fermented food that Japanese people love to eat! Umami!06

この世界の片隅に Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni

In This Corner of the World is a 2016 Japanese animated wartime drama film produced by MAPPA, co-written and directed by Sunao Katabuchi, featuring character designs by Hidenori Matsubara and music by Kotringo. The film is based on the manga of the same name written and illustrated by Fumiyo Kōno. It premiered in Japan on November 12, 2016. …

a flower in winter

冬ひと日  うれひある身の  花を提ぐ Fuyu hito hi      Urei aru mi no      Hana wo sagu   The winter day, One with sorrow carries a flower in the hand. -Iida Dakotsu     Art by Hayashi Waichi, ” Camellia in Winter”                           Sponsored Links…

Tao Te Ching 17

When the Master governs, the people are hardly aware that he exists. Next best is a leader who is loved. Next,one who is feared. The worst is one who is despised. If you don’t trust the people, you make them untrustworthy. The Master doesn’t talk, he acts. When his work is done the people say,…

winter crow

かわかわと  大きくゆるく  寒鴉 Kawa kawa to       Ookiku yuruku     Samu-garasu   “Cawa-cawa” In a large and loose way, The winter crow. -Takahama Kyoshi   Art by Shoson Ohara

Sleeping in Japan

As revealed by a 2016 survey of OECD member nations, the average Japanese citizen sleeps less each night than people in most other economically developed nations. However, there are grounds for thinking that a lot of these sleep-derived people make up for lost ground in the daytime. Board any train in Japan, and there’s a…

The First Principle

When one goes to Obaku temple in Kyoto he sees carved over the gate the words “The First Principle”. The letters are unusually large, and those who appreciate calligraphy always admire them as being a mastepiece. They were drawn by Kosen two hundred years ago. When the master drew them he did so on paper,…

sleep

寒さうに 母の寝給う 布団哉 Samusou ni     Haha no netamou      Futon kana   It seems as cold, My mother has a sleep In the futon. -Masaoka Shiki     Art by Mizuno Toshikata  

三宝寺 Daikon Sanpoji Matsuri

Daikon festival at Sanpoji Temple in Kyoto. Daikon radish becomes available in late autumn and is associated with the seasonal cuisine of winter. The radish festival takes place annually in December, usually on 9th & 10th December, when boiled radish is served to about 10,000 people over the two days. Boiled daikon are prepared and…