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…

Moss

Mosses are tiny Gods and they are worshiped, protected and loved by Japanese culture. Soft, tender and sensitive, green and lively carpets of Life.. Mosses are small flowerless plants that typically grow in dense green clumps or mats, often in damp or shady locations. The individual plants are usually composed of simple leaves that are…

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!

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…