The cherry blossom season is in full bloom in most Japanese cities, and everybody is out because no more Covid restrictions for the first time in two years! This annual collective nature-gazing that reminds us of our connection to nature and eternal life is a celebration of beauty.
Oshie is a three-dimensional picture made from silk. Sensei Shoho Konishi teaches the art at her school in Osaka and also at The Community House and Information Center (CHIC) in Kobe.
https://youtu.be/TS6VGTZ5O2E Bunraku Puppets, 文楽, also known as Ningyō jōruri 人形浄瑠璃, are a form of traditional Japanese Puppet Theatre that began in Osaka in the 17th century. At the January 2019 Hoe-Kago Gyoretsu Parade in Osaka, 宝恵かご行列, I enjoyed a special performance for this annual celebration of abundance. The parade is part of the Ebisu Festival and … Continue reading Bunraku 文楽 Puppets at Osaka Hoe-Kago Gyoretsu Parade 宝恵かご行列
The use of the Japanese itadakimasu いただきます Is still said here at home in the USA to take a moment to be mindful and express gratitude for the food I receive. A slideshow with lots of photos of gorgeous Japanese food and dishes too!
I’ve been putting together the myriad film clips I took in Japan and doing something with them. Learning curve for moi, reluctant Luddite, has been high, but I never give up! Hey, I can develop silver gelatin prints in a darkroom; digital, not so much. So enjoy Looking: Random Jumble Film No. 1 of Osaka, … Continue reading Looking: Random Jumble Film No. 1 of Osaka, Japan
Markets are a genuine way to experience the amazing food and culture of Japan. Nishiki Market in Kyoto is not to be missed in Kansai, but for fewer tourists try Kuroman Ichiban Market in Osaka for an authentic Japanese experience.
The wonderful world of Japanese onsen hot springs fo health and relaxation.
Kitsune is a fox. Another one of my favorite foods in Japan was Kitsune udon. Kitsune means fox in Japanese, and according to folklore, foxes love aburaage 油揚げ the deep-fried tofu pockets that top thick chewy noodles made from wheat to make a hot soup. I ordered Kitsune udon every time because it's meatless. Here's a … Continue reading きつねうどん Kitsune Udon – Udon with 油揚げAburaage Deep Fried Tofu Pocket
Attending Hailstone Haiku Circle's online Kukai in horizontal position at 2 a.m. here from my bed in Florida last Sunday, I enjoyed seeing and hearing via Zoom some dear old friends and new faces from my haiku circle in Japan. The theme of the haiku reading and sharing was endings and beginnings, and founder Stephen Gill … Continue reading Bashō in Osaka, His Final Haiku and New Beginnings
Well, the karmic payback for whatever I did in my past life continues as I wait out Covid-19 here in Orlando, Florida, U.S.A. unable to return to Japan. So, I will fantasize and keep the memories alive. This blog post started out as a Top 10 reasons why I miss living in Japan, but I … Continue reading Things I Miss About Living in Japan #No. 1 – Subways and Trains