The Power of Flowers

Whenever I see news,videos, and SNS and learn what is going on in Ukraine, I feel utterly helpless.  It’s beyond my comprehension why such atrocities are happeninig. Nevertheless, I will start with what I can do today. By creating an ikebana arrangement with sun flowers, I express my solidarity with the Ukrainian people.  I believe …

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What is Irosashi 色挿し- We Love Kimono Project 10

Jizome 地染, the process of dyeing the kimono fabric with the base color, is done.  Fuse-nori has been also washed away, but Itome 糸目, the fine thread-like dye resist still intact on the fabric.  At this stage, the craftsman moves on the the next step: Irosashi色挿し. Iro means colors.  Sashi means to apply.  In this …

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What’s Your Yardstick?

From the summer of 1978, I spent the whole high school senior year in the US as an exchange student.  My host family welcomed me as one of their own members.  I’m evermore grateful for their generosity. Especially my host mother – for what ignited in me. My host mother said, “Barbara (one of my …

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Planning How To Be

Last year I started implementing Cal Newport’s Time-Block Planner method. Every morning I open my favorite notebook, draw two vertical lines to create three columns, fill the first column from 6am to 11pm, and fill the second with what I plan to do: write, read, have lunch with a friend, trade options, go for an …

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