2019

Beauty after Cherry Blossoms

Japan’s cherry blossoms are ‘beary’ famous, and the beautiful scenery of cherry blossoms is shown on TV worldwide. Every year, from the end of March to the beginning of April, a large number of tourists visit Japan from all over the world in order to see cherry blossoms. In Japan, however, we have many varieties of spring flowers other than cherry blossoms. Even after cherry blossom petals have fallen from the trees, we can still enjoy lovely spring flowers. Look! Now, azaleas are in full bloom!

Let’s BEAR paper!

Washi is Japanese hand-made paper. It is made from ‘kozo’ (paper mulberry). One of my Japanese friends launched a washi-making event with her friends. They make washi in winter. The other day, I visited the women’s group in a mountainous area of western Tokyo. Let me show how washi is made from kozo.

Art of Vegetables

The other day, I went to a French restaurant in Tokyo. Look at this! Isn’t it so beautiful? It is a terrine made with different vegetables. My friend and I tried to count how many kinds of vegetables were used in the vegetable art: broccoli; cauliflower; cucumber; okra; haricot bean; spinach; white leek; mushroom; baby corn…..

Happy New Year!

The year 2019 has just started! You must feel ‘beary’ fresh now. What is your new year’s resolution? I use a ‘bear’ calendar at home. Every day, the bear gives me a sweet message. Let me share the Jan-1 message with you.