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Monthly Archives: February 2016

A Family Trip to KARUIZAWA

To see a beautiful snowscape, I visited KRUIZAWA with my husband and father last month. KARUIZAWA is a city located between NAGANO and GUNMA prefectures and known as a summer resort. Since the beginning of MEIJI period where lots of foreign people or intellectuals built their second houses, KARUIZAWA has been a prestigious resort city. …

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A mysterious encounter with UROKO pattern

The scale pattern, in KIMONO world, is called “UROKO-GARA” formed by combination of several triangles. This is also considered as a pattern against evil influence and also used as a pattern of EDO-KOMON or design for family crests. I have an episode to share with you concerning this scale pattern. I have a friend who …

UROKO Pattern

SETSUBUN

February 3rd, it is called “SETSUBUN” (節分) in Japan. SETSUBUN literally means “seasonal division”, the day before the beginning of spring. In the lunar calendar, it is a sort of New Year’s Eve. (Feb 4th is the start of a new year called “RISSHUN”(立春)). In SETSUBUN, as a traditional custom, holly sprig with a head …

Setsubun

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