Part 2 – Wonderful Washi While washi  (Japanese paper) is a long-lasting Japanese traditional craft, how it became an important part of Japanese culture is almost forgotten even by most Japanese.  In thinking about washi’s role in etiquette, social rituals, and some possibly overlooked utilitarian uses,  in this post, I want to show you some of…

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I am always anxious to bring in spring; my favorite season…especially after the Blizzard of 2013 in the Northeast of the US. This year on February 2nd, I was lucky to witness the Setsubun ritual at my local shrine in my other neighborhood in Japan.  The tradition of Setsubun no Hi or Setsubun Day is…

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