Tag Archives: New Year

New Year Muse-ings

This time of year, between Christmas and New Year, is very strange for me. I’m somewhat curious about the time ahead and I mull over the year about to close. Yearly, my family goes to a service at the Koboji Mission in Kalihi on the island of Oahu. It is a tiny temple that borders […]

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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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