海藻 Kaisō

Seaweed is consumed by coastal people, particularly in East Asia, e.g. Japan, China, Korea.In Asia, Gim (Korean food) (김, Korea), nori (海苔, Japan), zicai (紫菜, China) are sheets of dried Porphyra used in soups, sushi wrap or onigiri (rice balls). Chondrus crispus (commonly known as ‘Irish moss’ or carrageenan moss) is another red alga used in…

梅 Ume

Prunus mume is an Asian tree species classified in the Armeniaca section of the genus Prunus subgenus Prunus. Its common names include Chinese plum and Japanese apricot. The flower is usually called plum blossom.This distinct tree species is related to both the plum and apricot trees. Although generally referred to as a plum in English, it…

ライス Rice

Japanese rice refers to a number of short-grain cultivars of Japonica rice including ordinary rice (uruchimai) and glutinous rice (mochigome). Ordinary Japanese rice, or uruchimai (粳米) is the staple of the Japanese diet and consists of short translucent grains. When cooked it has a sticky texture such that it can easily be picked up and…

Cherry trees

Watch a Japanology documentary about Cherry trees and feel the wisdom and knowledge of Toemon Sano, the Protector of Cherry Trees Art by Yoshida Hiroshi, “avenue with Cherry trees”

Cherry Blossoms

A “Begin Japanology” NHK video about all the different kinds of Cherry trees and blossoms that bloom in different times and spaces all over Japan!

わさび Wasabi

Oh yes I love wasabi! the way it tricks me when I can’t control it and brings fire inside my nasal ways…like cleaning through the passage I love the taste and the fact that complements almost everything I combine it with.. I knew it was a plant but I learned a lot more with the…

Bamboo

I love bamboo, the music they create when the soft or strong winds blow… the way they dance with each other playful and proud their resilience the one thousand  ways they offer their service to all beings from tasty bamboo tempura sprouts to elegant fences, to chado rituals their power and rapid growth I love…