Matsuri Times


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Matsuri Times

New Blog: Matsuri Times

All about matsuri – a collection of photography, videos, and stories from religious, folk, historic, and modern festivals in Japan.

About this Japan blogger

I have lived in Japan for over five years now. Soon after coming to Japan I became attracted by all sorts of festivals. Until now I have visited more than 100 of them and I would like to share my memories, photos, and videos through this site with everyone.

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Ink Treasures


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Ink Treasures

New Blog: Ink Treasures

Ink Treasures is a blog co-created by two accomplished artists, an ink painter Mariusz Szmerdt, and a calligrapher Ponte Ryuurui. The site is devoted to the subject of Japanese and Chinese calligraphy and ink painting. The area covered by our articles is very wide. We write about history, traditions, cultural aspects, modern art, etc., but we also utilize the traditional ink painting and calligraphy techniques for creating completely new trends, which merge Western culture with Eastern aesthetics. The site is also equipped with an online store and a forum (operational from May 2013).

About this Japan blogger

There are two authors of this blog: 1. Mariusz Szmerdt (翔隼): to read more please visit http://www.sumi-e.pl 2. Ponte Ryuurui (品天龍涙): to read more please visit http://www.ryuurui.com or http://www.ink-treasures.com/about/creators/

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Ikebana opens door to Japan


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Ikebana opens door to Japan

New Blog: Ikebana opens door to Japan

Ikebana, ikenobo, the process of learning ikebana for a beginner, the process by which ikebana study opened the door for me to a fascination with Japan, its history and culture. The blog is about the history and context of ikebana within Japan as well as my own learning process and experience with ikebana in the USA.

About this Japan blogger

I am a writer by profession. I taught writing for many years as a university professor and am now retired from New Mexico State University. I also have taught English as a Foreign Language. I work part-time as a freelance writer and study ikenobo with Dan dell’ Agnese, president of the Colorado Ikenobo Society. I am a member of Ikebana International, Chapter 41, and also of the Colorado Ikenobo Society. I also belong to the Japan America Society of New Mexico and study the Japanese language.

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Hanamai, the ikebana blog


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New Blog: Hanamai, the ikebana blog

A blog about the Japanese art of Ikebana, my journey in learning and mastering the art, and an occasional post on my life here in Japan.

About this Japan blogger

Has lived in Japan for the past 15 years and has been studying ikebana for 14 years. I have a 2nd degree masters certificate in the Ohara School of Ikebana and teach ikebana lessons in English to the Japanese people in my community. My full time job is teaching English at four different elementary schools in a nearby community.

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Sharon Stuart – Ikebana Art


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New Blog: Sharon Stuart – Ikebana Art

Sharon Stuart is a master of Shogetsu Ikebana and she posts her own and her student’s students works with photos and nice explanations.

About this Japan blogger

Sharon Stuart is a master teacher of Ikebana Sogetsu School.

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Orchids & Ikebana


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New Blog: Orchids & Ikebana

Lynn shares her passion for orchids and sogetsu style ikebana on her blog. It shows the pictures of walks where she gets inspired and finds material first and then shares the resulting ikebana arrangement with us.

About the author of this Japan blog

“I have been growing orchids for 15+ years now. In 2008, I took my first lesson in Sogetsu Ikebana. For me, growing orchids and creating Ikebana arrangements are my meditation. I created this blog to share my pictures and ideas with you.”

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A Year of Ikebana


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New Blog: A Year of Ikebana

A Year of Ikebana is about discovering whether or not an arrangement a day will keep the doctors away. In other words, how will the practice of Ikebana help with the maintenance of chronic illness and the promotion of well-being in an individual who has not yet found the right balance in their day-to-day life.

About the author of this Japan blog

Ann lives in Portland, OR with her husband Pietro. He is a trained chef who once worked for a season with a well-known Japanese chef in California, but he’s currently working as a winemaker and certified sommelier. Ann has a BA in art history and English literature and has worked in the past as an editor, ESL teacher, and arts administrator. Her first ESL job was in high school and she worked with a local college professor in a special exchange program he’d created to give children from his home town in rural Japan the opportunity to come to the USA. (Currently, the professor’s wife is her Ikebana sensei.)

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