Archive for December, 2011

Japanese New Year Decoration: Shogatsu Kazari

Japanese New Year Decoration: Shogatsu Kazari

This year I got a modest ‘shogatsu kazari’ (lit. New Year’s decoration) for my front door and a cute little one for the beagle house. There are many kinds of Japanese New Year’s decorations. This one is quite common, it combines straw, fern leaves and a tangerine. I was surprised that it lasted so long, …

Making Chinese Dumplings (Jiaozi) with Miao

Making Chinese Dumplings (Jiaozi) with Miao

Today Miao and I made a whole lot of Chinese Dumplings. I made the filling and Miao did the stuffing. We made three flavors: Pork and yuzu (with a light Japanese vinegar). Dried shiitake mushrooms reconstituted in Shaoxing wine (aged 5 years), fresh coriander, homemade pancetta (aged 1 year), Chinese garlic chives and Kyoto’s ‘kujo …

Kyoto Ceramic Artist Takahiro Kondo Studio Visit

Kyoto Ceramic Artist Takahiro Kondo Studio Visit

Japanese Living National Treasure, the late Yuzo Kondo (1902-1985) is one of my favorite ceramic artists of all time. I love how his Blue and White Porcelain Ware is fine art, yet has a subtle and delightful kawaii aspect. Today the Shang Xia crew and I visited the Yuzo Kondo Memorial Museum and got to spend …

Visting Kyoto Artist Taro Yamamoto

Visting Kyoto Artist Taro Yamamoto

Today, I visited the home and studio of Kyoto artist Taro Yamamoto. Taro is one of the most promising young artists in Japan. A real and unique talent. I visited with the crew from Shang Xia. Taro showed us his new painting that combines the themes of Sports Festival in Japanese schools, Halloween and the …

Kyoto Moss Temple (Kokedera)

Kyoto Moss Temple (Kokedera)

On December 6, 2011 I finally got to visit Kokedera, AKA the Moss Temple. This year the autumn was very mild so the leaves didn’t really turn their usual bright colors. The temple was very nice to visit, but I felt like the garden it trying to be Northern Minnesota. The natural mossy landscapes of …

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