Category Archives: Japan

Lunar Year of the Snake

In the coming Lunar Year, beginning February 10, 2013, the animal representing this new year is the SNAKE. Intuition is a sign of this otherwise introspective lot. They may seem refined and collected. Graceful and yet exciting… so many wonderful traits. However, they are not outwardly emotional and may be modest workers. Possessive of their […]

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Japanning

On a trip to the Cavalry Museum in Tucson, AZ, there was an object that marked as an example of Japanning. Being Japanese myself, it caught my eye. So in my research this is what I came across: Webster’s 1913 Dictionary: 1) \Ja*pan”\, n. [From Japan, the country.] Work varnished and figured in the Japanese manner; […]

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Kadomatsu

 The Kadomatsu (Gate Pine), began in the Edo period (1603–1868) of Japan.  Traditionally the arrangement is made of pine sprigs, bamboo and plum blossoms. The kadomatsu is tied together with cord and symbolizes constancy, vitality and longevity. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it […]

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Scaring Away the Evil Spirits

In the Sandwich Islands the plantations recruited workers from many different countries. The Chinese, the Portugese, the Japanese and others found their way to the Kingdom of Hawaii to work in their fields. While the cultures grouped together and lived in ethnic centric communities, they did adopt parts of the other cultures as their own. […]

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