Growing Japanese vegetables


Being able to grow Japanese vegetables in our western climates is a great and healthy challenge.  With Japanese food vegetables you must keep in mind that, like most vegetables, they are seasonal. Meaning they will not always be around or the best all year round. Here is a list of vegetables that are available to the United States and their benefits.

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An inspiring rose journey

My fathers journey with his roses started in southern California 30 years ago and the climate then was absolute heaven. My father had always had a special place in his heart for roses, and one of the first things he did on our new property was to plant rose bushes all along the half-moon shaped drive and around the front lawn.

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The garden in a Buddhist life

Buddhist philosophy includes five major tenets known as the five moral precepts. These precepts teach non-violence, peace and a reverence for life. Moreover, Buddhist life practices, such as meditation, are widely believed to promote health and well-being. Gardens, also believed to promote health and well-being, play an important part in Buddhism.

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Be Inspired!

You are overcome with laziness and procrastination, feeling unmotivated, stuck, can’t get started.

You are not alone. This is a commonality in the human condition, and the solution is elusive, never standing still and not wanting to be easily caught.

You are not alone, but in this union with your brothers and sisters, there is hope. I’m among you, and I have found a few meager solutions. And if I can solve this problem, so can you. If others have beaten it, you can.

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The tendency of life in our society is to become more complicated: Internet, television, shopping, work, family commitments, possessions, eating, debt … these things pile on top of each other endlessly.

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Wagashi, a simple Japanese gift


Wagashi are Japanese confections served with tea that evolved through many centuries ago from the Chinese tea-house snacks called ‘dim sum’.  The word wagashi, derived from the words Japanese (Wa) and sweets (gashi), originated during the Meiji era (1868-1912) to distinguish the confections from European sweets.

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Bamboo Bonsai


Bamboo, an evergreen plant that can be found growing in the woodlands of South and Central America as well as Africa and Asia. The Chinese see the Bamboo as a symbol of honesty, of eternal youth and Buddhist use Bamboo to help them achieve inner peace.

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Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging


A Tokonoma is a time-honored architectural detail of many older Japanese homes. These alcoves occupy a corner in a room, and often hold a scroll, an ikebana flower arrangement or other artwork. More than a display area, a tokonoma is seen as a sacred space that is not to be invaded, and the seat closest to it is often reserved for the most honored guests.

Ikebana is an important part of such a display. First developed by Chinese monks in the 1500s, its principles were a closely guarded secret for many centuries. When the art arrived in Japan, this method of floral arranging was practiced only by Japanese royalty and samurai families. Much later, it became better known to more people, spreading eventually to the West.

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