Fukumi Shimura

November 28, 2014

Ms. Fukumi Shimura is a a living national treasure. “TOBICHI” in Aoyama exhibited the Kimono and some pieces of cloth left over of Ms. Fukumi Shimura. There were a small a hand-loom and could try to weave silk cloth. I was trying to weave too, it’s very difficult and takes quite a lot of time, […]

Japanese good luck decoration

August 23, 2014

I noticed this decoration when I visited an acquaintance’s shop. This kind of decoration is called “Engi-mono” in Japan. “Engi-mono” are supposed to be auspicious and lucky charms, and often includes wit and humor. There are many kinds of foods in this decoration. “Daikon” : Japanese white radish “Ninjin” : Carrot “Ingen” : Green bean “Mikan” […]


Traditional wisdom for hot and humid japanese summer

July 19, 2014

Summer is hot, humid, and sticky in Japan. So, people long ago thought about how to keep cool in hot summer. For example, “Uchimizu” is sprinkling the front entrance of your home with water. “Sudare” is a curtain which is made of bamboo. When summer comes, in order to keep air flowing through in the […]