April 19, 2019

The organizer of the Houjicha Ceremony is Marie-Thérèse. I met her at last year's IDP Amsterdam, organized by Shinji Kasema and Andreas Woehle. She has been practicing Medical Shiatsu Therapy, Jin Shin Jyutsu® and Yoga from 1995 to the present. She is familiar with KOB...

January 5, 2019

A storm of fireworks always heralds the beginning of the year in the Netherlands. For the past five years, our family has been celebrating the New Year in the Netherlands, but this year was the first time that my sons participated in lighting fireworks with the rest of...

December 30, 2018

Thanks to you, I was able to spend a simple but meaningful Christmas with my whole family. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, too! I am spending my time relaxing at home, although I have not gone out because we need to fulfill so many housekeeping duties. I hope tha...

December 6, 2018

Last November 25, my second son and I were invited by Paul, to the Niiname Sai (新嘗祭) which he organized. Together, we gave thanks for the bountiful harvest from the previous year and prayed for fruitfulness in the coming year. We offered sake (神酒) to the gods and ate a...

September 11, 2018

I went to the Japanese embassy to pick up a kimono rack to exhibit Mr. Hiroya Fujii’s kimono and some confectionery plates. They shall be used for the next International Day of Peace Amsterdam. Since I have no car, I had no choice but to ride a train because the displa...

August 10, 2018

Last weekend, I joined the AMSTERDAM PRIDE 2018 with my three sons. The event that was held at the Dam Square was the biggest. It had an enjoyable climax. It was a blast! This is what happened during the peak of the Amsterdam Pride 2018. The video was edited by my elde...

July 27, 2018

Four years have passed since I moved to the Netherlands, but today was the hottest day ever. It's 36 degrees! I am from Kyoto and it is like a burning hell during the summer, it can even cause a heat stroke. Unfortunately, we do not have air conditioning, so I do not f...

June 15, 2018

We can not spend much time together. Every moment is valuable and irreplaceable.

June 13, 2018

She visited us twice today. Amazingly, she can also understand English like a Dutch person.

December 9, 2017

At the Christmas Fair of the Parent Support Group of my two younger sons'  international school, Asobi and I offered Houji-cha and Kyo-gashi(means sweets that are made in Kyoto). I used organic materials as much as possible. We also roasted Japanese green tea with the...

January 9, 2017

Dear friends,


First of all, sorry for the delay in responding to your messages, postcards, and so on. I wish everyone a Happy New Year. Thank you very much for your warm comments, personal messages, visits, heartfelt gifts and a lot more during the times when my mother...

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