Japan’s Tradition

How to Learn Japanese Carpentry

Japan's tradition

Two years ago I stumbled upon a Kickstarter project called “Study Woodworking in Japan!”  You can learn Japanese woodworking in English?  Intrigued, I pitched in a small amount.  The project successfully raised enough money to open a carpentry school that spring. I had a chance to visit the school in Kyoto.  Takami Kawai, a founder …

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Enjoy Bunraku at Home


If there were no lockdown, I would have visited my mother in Osaka and gone to see Bunraku this month.  Well, no theater is open in Japan now.  I just received email from National Bunraku Theater that they have posted one of the most famous Bunraku performance “Kanatehon Chushingura” on YouTube.  At least I can …

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Meet Aizu Cotton

It’s a simple bag.  No zip on top.  There is a small inner pocket, that’s it.  I just fell in love with this basic stripe design.  This was another thing I found at Japan Fair. I came home and researched a bit about Aizu Cotton and Harappa, the manufacturer of this bag. “People in Aizu …

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