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knowledge base

In this page, we collect interesting facts, trivia and other bits & pieces of information that we think you may find useful or fascinating.

ikebana

 Caring for your ikebana clippers.

Caring for your ikebana clippers.

 Why get an ikebana certificate?

Why get an ikebana certificate?

 The  kanban  and the  gagoh .

The kanban and the gagoh.

 Why use the black kenzan?

Why use the black kenzan?

 Introducing the Sogetsu Textbook 5

Introducing the Sogetsu Textbook 5

 The resin kenzan.

The resin kenzan.

 How to appreciate ikebana (slideshow).

How to appreciate ikebana (slideshow).

tea

 Getting the best tea.

Getting the best tea.

 What makes  gyokuro  special?

What makes gyokuro special?

 Cold brew green tea. It's easy to make!

Cold brew green tea. It's easy to make!

 Summer treat: Match Affogato-Style

Summer treat: Match Affogato-Style

 Yummy green tea castella recipe.

Yummy green tea castella recipe.

 

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pottery

 I see cracks in my teacup. Is it damaged? Not always! Those may be  kan-nyuu .

I see cracks in my teacup. Is it damaged? Not always! Those may be kan-nyuu.

This is a matcha tea bowl that is deeper than what we are used to seeing. It is a "tsutsu-gata chawan" (筒形茶碗) ...literally "cylinder-shaped tea bowl". It is a winter tea bowl normally used in Dec~Feb. The deep bowl keeps the matcha warm as it is served to guests.

 What are those pale pink spots?  Gohonte!

What are those pale pink spots? Gohonte!

  Karako --the little children in pottery.

Karako--the little children in pottery.

Japanese Home Cooking Recipes

 Ganmodoki.

Ganmodoki.

 

others

 The  Daruma  doll: why does it come with no eyes?

The Daruma doll: why does it come with no eyes?

  Fukusa : elaborate covers.

Fukusa: elaborate covers.

 Zen saying:『行雲流水』 Kou-un Ryuu-sui  "Clouds move. Water flows."

Zen saying:『行雲流水』Kou-un Ryuu-sui "Clouds move. Water flows."

 Plum vs Cherry. Which one is which?

Plum vs Cherry. Which one is which?

 Hariko No Tora: papier-mâché tigers.

Hariko No Tora: papier-mâché tigers.

 The Halifax-Hakodate Friendship azalea.

The Halifax-Hakodate Friendship azalea.

 Japanese Proverb: "Too much is just the same as too little."

Japanese Proverb: "Too much is just the same as too little."

 What is a fat quarter?

What is a fat quarter?

 What is a  suikinkutsu ( 水琴窟)?

What is a suikinkutsu (水琴窟)?

 Destiny and the 5-Yen Coin

Destiny and the 5-Yen Coin