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What is Bonsai

As I mentioned in my previous blog post, there will be bonsai demonstrations at one of the mini stages on the show floor at Japan Fair.  Since I often write about tea ceremony and ikebana in this blog, let me mention about bonsai today, for a change. What does bonsai “盆栽” really mean? Bon (盆) …

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What is Mawata?

It is fluffy. It is suitable for thermal insulator or padding, used in goods such as jackets and bedding.  It is not cotton, however.  It is not down, either. Mawata (真綿)is formed by stretching silk cocoon. Since it is made with the same material, mawata has all the benefits that silk does: it’s warm and …

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