Japan’s Tradition

What is Shichi Go San

November 15 is a holiday called Shichi Go San in Japan.  Shichi means 7, Go means 5, and San means 3.  When a girl becomes 3 and 7, and a boy becomes 5 years old, we celebrate it by visiting a shrine or temple dressed up. I don’t know much of the history, like why …

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Bunka no Hi Goes Virtual

Bunka no hi

November 3rd is a national holiday in Japan called Bunka no Hi (文化の日). It literally means Cultural Day in Japanese.  Every year around this day,  Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington (JCCCW) has held an event dedicated to celebrating, commemorating, and educating the public about Japanese and Japanese American Culture in the Seattle area.  …

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Artist Victor Solomon Repaired Basketball Court with Kintsugi Technique

Victor Solomon

Having read my blog post What is Kintsugi – Japanese Art of Broken Pottery, a friend of mine and a long-time tea ceremony practitioner Mr. John Dillon forwarded me this article. An artist Victor Solomon repaired a damaged baskeball court in LA utilizing the technique of kintsugi. Not only the surface of the pottery, but …

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Amazing Tatami Art

According to Wikipedia, “tatami is a type of mat used as a flooring material in traditional Japanese-style rooms.” The surface of tatami is woven soft rush straw.  Its fresh smell of straw, its soft/firm feeling… I like it so much that I spread 4 and a half tatami mats in my home office.  On the …

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