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Fireworks in mid-summer

From end of July to mid of August,  fireworks displays are taken place throughout Japan. Some of them are very popular to be broadcast on TV. In this period of the year, there is a ritual to welcome ancestral souls, so fireworks are considered to be one of those occasions. I went to “Yodo-river fireworks… Read More »

Summer Sweets

The other day, my friend brought me this block-type summer sweets. It is named “murmur of the brook,” and blue maple leaves are designed on the package and sweets itself! Mainly made from sugar syrup, agar, and sweet beans,  it’s refreshing just  to look at it.   It’s so nice to have this kind of juicy… Read More »

Miyagawa Kouzan at The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Miyagawa Kouzan(1842-1916)’s death. I went to see his retrospective exhibition at The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka. He lived in late Tokugawa shogunate to Meiji Restoration. In 1870 he moved to Yokohama and opened his workshop to produce ceramics for export. His works, known as Makuzu ware,  inherits the… Read More »

Summer jelly sweets from Toraya

My friend brought me these soft adzuki-bean jelly from Toraya,  one of the most long-established confectionery shops in Japan. Toraya’s main product is adzuki-bean jelly, most of the time in block type. They offer “soft type ” in summer, which contains more water, and refreshing to taste. According to the ingredients, there are 4 flavours.… Read More »

Framed woodblock print by Takeuchi Seihou

Framed woodblock print by Takeuchi Seihou. Takeuchi Seihou (1864-1942) is regarded as a pioneer of modern Japanese-style painting,followed by many disciples. His pictures have a sophisticated beauty and refinement, and his paintings of plants and animals are highly-praised. He was one of the first to receive the Order of Culture by Japanese government. Framed in… Read More »

Framed woodblock print by Takeuchi Seihou

Framed woodblock print by Takeuchi Seihou. Takeuchi Seihou (1864-1942) is regarded as a pioneer of modern Japanese-style painting, followed by many disciples. His pictures have a sophisticated beauty and refinement, and his paintings of plants and animals are highly-praised. He was one of the first to receive the Order of Culture by Japanese government. Framed in… Read More »

Jakuchu at Shokokuji Jotenkaku Museum

Shokoku-ji temple is the head temple of the Rinzai sect, and one of the most historic and authoritative Zen temples. These days  Shokoku-ji became famous again, because it is the very temple Ito Jakuchu dedicated his “Sakyamuni Triad” and “Colorful Realm of Living Beings”. It is very meaningful to see Jakuchu’s works at Shokokuji Jotenkaku Museum, standing… Read More »

Heian Jingu Shin’en Garden

You may have heard of Heian Jingu Shrine in Kyoto, and you may have the images of this big torii gate, entrance gate, and the red shrine itself. However, where I recommend most is its garden surrounding the shrine. It is called “Shin’en”-garden of God, and you can walk around enjoying the well-kept garden and… Read More »

Antique bird dish

Small square deep china dish with plover bird design. Simplified shape of plover and wave is the characteristic of Japanese art in 19th century. This is an antique piece, hand painted in deep blue. Way to use is up to you. Nice to put in some small things, like watches and accessories.   【SHOP NOW… Read More »