First of all, I need to rectify two misunderstandings. Camellia sinensis comes from Southeast Asia and India. It is an evergreen tree that grows up to as much as 8-10 meters (25-30 feet) in height and has spreading branches. On... Continue reading
Anyone visiting Japan has had to encounter construction projects, since new buildings and city projects are going up all around us. We have to have noticed that some workers on these construction projects dress in the kind of clothes we’d... Continue reading
Hungarian cellist Csaba Onczay and Kouketsu Haruhiko met in Japan twenty years ago, marking the start of a beautiful friendship. It also marked the start of Gifu’s Hungarian Friendship Society and the Hungarian Academy of Music’s Friends of Japan Music... Continue reading
Junichiro Koizumi, who later became prime minister, was 36 years old when he married a 21-year-old college student, Miyamoto Kayoko, in 1978. The marriage was in accordance with “omiai” (お見合い) customs, although rumors abounded that Takeo Fukuda, who was prime... Continue reading
I don’t know about other people but I tend to collect things that mean a lot to me and hold onto them as keepsakes. So over the decades I have acquired a collection of lovely picture postcards from my Japanese... Continue reading
Back in the late 1970’s I had to visit a Japanese company in Tokyo on business. I was received by a gentleman about 20 years my senior, who was assigned to accompany me from one office building to another. That... Continue reading
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