August 24, 2019

Our family was able to watch and admire the first "Gozan no Okuribi" (Mountain Bonfire) in Kyoto Matsugasaki after being away for 5 years.

Japanese people believe that during the Bon Festival, the spirits of our departed loved ones visit our ancestral homes. The lightin...

June 2, 2019

Kyoto's early summer feature "Kyoto Takigi-noh: noh theater performed at night by a fire." is on its 70th year of being held annually on June 1 and 2 in the grounds of Heian Shrine. With a background of the greenery of the Higashiyama mountains and the vermilion color...

May 12, 2019

Today is Mother's Day. I got a lot of presents from my three sons. I'm very happy to experience this as a mother, and at the same time, to express my gratitude as a daughter to my own mother in Kyoto. She had been hospitalized because of Takayasu disease, but fortunate...

May 25, 2015

A parcel arrived from my mother in Kyoto again. It is seventh or eighth time since we started living in Holland. This time the parcel contains dried kelp, dried tuna (KATSUO-BUSHI), dry sweets made from bean powder (RAKUGAN), Japanese tea leaves, Mom's homemade salted...

June 28, 2014

Seeing another return of birthday and thinking of my past life as I think I've passed my halfway point already (for a long time now?), I indeed feel it is the nature of the mountains and rivers just near my parents' house that has shaped my sentiments, my tastes and my...

June 1, 2014

After a considerable blank, finally I came back to Kyoto Takigi Noh. Bonfires on stands light up the deep and mystic theatrical space. It is said this theatre form does date back further than the establishment of noh itself, possibly to no later than mid Heian era.

The...

May 17, 2014

Chances helped so I had an honor to go and press-cover Fashion Cantata 2014. This fashion show has its aim to promote Kyoto's Fashion Design attempting to mix and harmonize the beauty of both Japan and the West. Its unique collaboration and outstanding guests sweep thr...

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