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-ICHIGO ICHIE- ZEN spirit and Japanese tea ceremony

ICHIGO ICHIE 一期一会

“ICHIGO ICHIE”(一期一会)  Have you ever heard phrase “ICHIGO ICHIE”(一期一会) in Japanese? This is ZEN spirit. It means, “once in a life time meeting”. This spirit comes from the Japanese tea ceremony. The Tea ceremony has a deep connection with ZEN

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Cherry blossoms viewing cycling spots in Tokyo – Part 3

Tokyo Institute of Technology Ookayama campus cherry blossoms

Cherry blossoms viewing cycling spots in Tokyo – Part 3 In this Part 3, we would like to show you more of central Tokyo cherry blossoms cycling spots. We have more Sakura cycling spots in Part 1 and Part 2

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Cherry blossoms viewing cycling spots in Tokyo – Part 2

Tamagawa river cherry blossoms

Cherry blossoms viewing cycling spots in Tokyo, Part 2. We would like to give you some more ideas for Cherry blossoms viewing cycling spots. First Tamagawa river. Tamagawa river is a wide river, runs between Tokyo and Kanagawa. Alongside this

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The reason why cherry trees were planted

Japanese painting art Sakura cherry blossoms

The reason why cherry trees were planted. Have you ever thought about the reason why cherry trees were planted? In Japan, we can see so many cherry trees in everywhere. Many of them are really old, few hundred years old.

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Cherry blossoms viewing cycling spots in Tokyo Part 1

Meguro river cherry blossoms

Tokyo cherry blossoms spots for cycling Part 1 It’s a cherry blossoms season! The popular Sakura, “Somei-Yoshino” cherry blossoms are almost in full bloom in Tokyo. There are many well known spots such as, Ueno park or Imperial palace, but 

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Bamboo forests in Tokyo – hidden bamboo forest spots

Tokyo bamboo forest Travel guide hidden spots

Finding small Kyoto in Tokyo – hidden Bamboo forest in Tokyo Bamboo trees symbolize Japanese ZEN culture. When you are in Bamboo forest, you feel very calm and helps you meditate. Many bamboo forests are in Kyoto, or secluded area.

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Tokyo Sakura – hidden cherry blossom spots

Tokyo Sakura cherry blossom travel guide

Cherry blossom season has come! It’s a little early for popular kind Sakura “Somei Yoshino”(It’s March 4th today), but different kind of Sakura called “Kawazu Zakura” is already blooming in Tokyo. There are lots of famous spots for Sakura viewing

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Kakejiku style wall decoration – Fukuro obi belt

Fukuro obi Kakejiku style Japanese painting art Crane bird, Sakura, Koi fish

Fukuro Obi belts are precious obi belts for Japanese Kimono. They are usually made with silk, having Japanese patterns. Shiny silk threads create beautiful and gorgeous looks. These obi belts can become gorgeous decorations by themselves. Kakejiku style wall decorations

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Japanese Kakejiku – good luck item

Unique tiger & bamboo Japanese painting Kakejiku hanging scroll

“Japanese Kakejiku (Kakemono)“ -good luck item   “Japanese Kakejiku (Kakemono)” is a hanging scroll used to display and exhibit paintings and calligraphy art.   Traditional Japanese rooms usually have a “Tokonoma”- a special space (alcove) to display “Kakejiku”.   Most

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Japanese cultural icon Mt. Fuji

Japanese painting hanging scroll Mt. Fuji Kakejiku art

Japanese cultural icon – Mt. Fuji If you have an interest in Japan, you must have heard this name “Mt. Fuji”. Mt. Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan. It’s 3,776.24m (12,389ft), located on Honshu. Mt. Fuji is an active

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