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The world of OKŌ (Japanese incense) 

“OKŌ” (お香) is a Japanese traditional incense, burning it and enjoying the scent could be called “Japanese aromatherapy”. It was supposedly transmitted from China together with Buddhism more than 1,000 years ago during HEIAN period of Japanese history. The noblemen of this era called “HEIAN Nobles” were making original scent by mixing several branches of …

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CHIRIMEN ZAIKU (Crepe Handicraft)

CHIRIMEN ZAIKU is a handicraft made of HAGIRE (waste pieces from cutting cloth) and said to have started practicing in EDO period. At that time, it was a toy for children or a charm against evils. I got fascinated by this pretty and nostalgic handicraft when I visited KAMAKURA (see the past article for this city) and there …

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Admire the moon

End of September, amid the Japanese autumn season, looking up into the night sky, clearly shinning moon can be seen. Japanese people admire the moon of this month with special sentiment, especially the full moon called “CHŪSHŪ NO MEIGETSU (中秋の名月) which appears on the 15th day of the eighth month in the lunar calendar. This …

Full Moon

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