Crystal Clear State of Being

I love to create and keep a crystal clear state of being in me. I think that it is a prerequisite step to live in happiness. And for that, recently I started to listen to podcasts. When I listen to university lectures, I can organize what I already know and get some new concepts to deepen it. Metaphorically speaking, blindly swimming in the ocean is different from swimming in the ocean with maps and life-saving equipment. In addition, I began to listen to English and French conversation programs on the radio. Briefly,… Read More

Everything Includes Fun

Because of the roller coaster weather, I got three different skin lotions. One of them includes gotu kola herbs which became popular last year in Japan. This herb looks like butterbur and has been used as medical herbs in Asia. And I feel that this helps me a lot. Before, I used to use only one lotion. And it was enough for me. But the current sudden change of humidity and strong ultraviolet rays made me consider more options about my skin care. And actually it is fun like a science experiment…. Read More

New Study

I am living in an area which is far from the ocean. So a variety of sea colors aren’t in my daily life. Unfortunately, I have no knowledge of understanding the colors. And when I talked to people who live near the ocean, they sometimes sense climate change from its changing colors. But after I saw “Seaspiracy” this March, I was awakened as if I were an uprooted old stump. I still cannot see the daily sea colors from my place. So I started to search how the ocean is. Because currently… Read More

Craving Connection Causes Disconnection

I saw a movie, “The Game Changers”. According to that, vitamin B12 is basically included only in animal foods. So we need vitamin B12 supplements. But if so, how did our ancestors manage? The most impactful facts which this movie taught me was that our ancestors took vitamin B12 from the soil which was attached to vegetables and river water. Now our pesticide-treated way kills bacteria in the soil. So not only humans but also livestock need vitamin B12 supplements. Regardless of a plant based diet or animal food diet, 39% of… Read More

Serenade for String Orchestra in C Major Op.48

On a terrible roller coaster weather day, I felt physically challenged. At that moment, I needed to walk from the nearest station to my house. I thought that I needed some music which would preserve the energy that was still left in me. I do not mean that I pushed myself with music like a military march. It meant that I tried to harmonize myself as if I guarded fire from a strong wind. And I had no music on my iPhone, so I tried to remember some music which helped me… Read More

Take A Deep Breath and Be in High Spirits

There is a heating process while making soy sauce. And I did it during my New Year holidays. When we make it at home, we also can enjoy main fermenting mashes, which is called “moromi,” as a bonus. It smells so good. According to the article about soy sauce, “moromi” includes roses and tropical fruits as fragrance components. And this fantastic experience brought me back to the world of bacteria and fungi. Recently I was attracted by Danish furniture designs. But the microscopic world turned my perspective from design to functions. I… Read More

Knowledge is Freedom

Today, I walked around as is my habit. And I saw neatly mowed wild grass. A few of patches of wild grass were still there but they were wilting. Recently, I walked in the city to run my errands. So when I started to walk towards the mountains after a few weeks, I was surprised by the short wild grasses along the rice fields. It seemed that the world was suddenly painted brown. But it was just my first impression. In a minute, I found three different yellow flowers in a brown… Read More

What Gives You Dignity?

We can find fun both in a city and in nature. But have you ever thought about what gives you dignity or richness in humanity or your inner strength? We can enjoy both an imaginary world and reality. Which gives you dignity or richness in humanity or your inner strength? I think that we always get our strength or dignity or wealth in humanity from the real world, especially in nature. Because in nature, we need to confront our reality and respond to it quickly. In a city or in the imaginary… Read More

“A Second Spring”

Currently I am enjoying a colorful world around me. As Camus once remarked, “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” As for autumn leaves, I prefer plane trees more than maple trees which are instagrammable. For me, the colors of autumn plane trees look more sophisticated and make me imagine the sounds of Keith Jarrett. So I feel that it gives me a variety of beauty. And actually my favorite autumn leaves are not on trees. Fortunately, I can find varieties of wild grasses during my walks. And… Read More

Open Your Heart Bigger.

These days the temperature drops down to two degrees. So early morning walks require winter clothes. But we have a high of 19 degrees. So after sunrise, the temperature goes up sharply. The sun rises at 6:20. So when I go out at around 6 o’clock, I can enjoy the winter world. Plants and flowers are covered with morning dew which are frosty. They look so sharp. But after 7 o’clock, their morning dew loses its beauty. Because as the temperature goes up, they become soaking wet like after a heavy rain…. Read More

A gift from COVID-19

COVID-19 has made us stay in place. What did it bring to you? For me, I think that it helped me to grow my ability to be insightful. My energy for moving before was used for seeing details and going deep inside. Also my energy for moving before turned into some space to acknowledge myself. I realized what I really achieved. This will be my tool for next year. What was your gift from COVID-19?

Suddenly the Ordinary has become Extraordinary

This year I started to pay attention to the ground while walking. And I was amazed at how much the ground was filled with flowers. This autumn, I realized that I could find garlic chives everywhere, even in parking lots. Or at least it looked like garlic chives. But was I right? This question was my starting point to be passionate about field flowers. One day, one of my friends shared an app which uses AI to identify the exact names of plants. So I downloaded it onto my iPhone while walking…. Read More

New Sensations

This summer, I started to use silk pajamas. Before, I occasionally bought silk clothes. But some of them were made of low quality silk. And some of them were outfits which did not touch my skin so much. So I prefered cotton and linen. But one day, my mom gave me a big silk scarf. And it seemed to melt under my touch. And when I read a book written by a professional laundryman, I learned that I could wash them using ordinary powdered soap, not a special soap for silk. So… Read More

New Preparations for Between the Seasons

As we feel climate change in our daily life, we are exposed to many quick changes like two typhoons a week in Okinawa. We need to change our perspective about seasonal preparations. From that point of view, I recommend some exercise to keep your upper body flexible. Because extremely hot weather is a burden on our respiratory system we miss out on a smooth transition from summer to autumn. In addition, we often go back and forth between over 35 degrees outdoors to around 20 degree indoors. It makes our back stiff…. Read More

Support and Be Supported.

I love small shops which sell their original products and were established a hundred years ago. When I find such shops, I passionately support them as much as I can. And Gekkoso in Ginza is one of those shops; http://gekkoso.com .They sell their original art supplies, postcards and related goods. They also have a cafe and an art gallery. When I lived in Tokyo, I sometimes stopped by. Gekkoso helped make art accessible to me. It has a unique charm not a soulless chain store like Sekaido. Gekkoso’s products are friendly like… Read More

Caution About Your Manic State

In Japan, we have extremely hot weather like over 40 degrees. And such irregular circumstances sometimes leads us to both a depressive state and a manic state. A manic state is especially sometimes assessed as being internally motivated. And such a mode makes us overlook heat stroke. For example, when you walk a lot in 40 degree weather you do not recognize your fatigue. You mistake the fatigue for the result of a workout. And even if you feel a bit of muscle pain as a symptom of heat stroke, you start… Read More

“Yes, I Know!”

Have you ever replied to someone, “Yes, I know! I just got started.” In this sentence, “I know!” is your consciousness. And sometimes, we cannot do something which we consciously want to start. For example, when you want to sleep, as you focus on sleeping, you will resist sleeping. Another example is, when you try to do something well, as you focus on doing it well, you resist doing it well. These are examples of how your consciousness contains your unconsciousness. And it means an imbalance between your consciousness and unconsciousness. This… Read More

Hopelessly Lost?

When we feel desperation, we are open to the temptation of embracing gloom or giving in to the dark. It is a hard time but full of seeds of hope. One day, I was in such a situation. I was urged to see a movie, “Mary Poppins Returns,” which I read in my childhood, and I saw it. As you know, literature for children is basically full of wisdom. And we adults need it more than children. And this movie reminds me of some wisdom which was already in me, as this… Read More

Early Morning Walk

Recently I have been familiar with the period between twilight to sunrise. This time is a sweet spot for me. Because this time always has the sweetest and cleanest air in the day. Before people start to move, birds,insects and wild animals shift from sleeping to waking or from waking to sleeping. So I can hear birds singing which is very different from other times. Their songs are similar to their evening songs. But their movements are quicker and more relaxed. When I saw a little fox, I was filled with joy…. Read More

Got New Wings

COVID-19 pushed us to create many new oppotunities. One of them is”temporary cinema” which supports art cinemas which we call “mini-theaters” in Japan. It is an online service but it gave me a similar experience as enjoying cinemas in a real movie theater rather than seeing streaming services in my computer. In many cases great films released in mini theaters are not sold as DVD or on a streaming service. So after I moved to the countryside, I missed many great movies. But COVID-19 gave me back this kind of sparkling joy…. Read More

An Advent Calender for COVID-19

I assume that many of you feel stress and exausted by some restrictions on outings and many changes in your circumstances. It looks like we need at least two years to get back to normal. If I can know the future, I want to present to you an advent calender for COVID-19. So many of you can feel joy and peace by opening its small windows and eating some small sweets in them. Some countries like Taiwan or New Zealand helped to shorten the duration of an advent calender for COVID-19. And… Read More

The Power of Words

Words are more powerful than you think. So especially under this catastrophic coronavirus pandemic, you should pay attention to your words. Some people describe their feelings through others’ words instead of their own feelings. For example when someone tells you, “You have a lot of anxiety,” you start to think, “I have anxiety rather than fear.” If you do this, your fear or anxiety will keep on drifting and never be used for something creative which can change your situation. You will instead be like bread dough that has been kneaded down…. Read More

Delicious Scent

One of my resolutions this year is to decrease my garbage in half. To help that, I started to make vegetable broth. It is very simple, easy and eco-freindly. When I buy organic fruit, mushrooms and vegetables, I keep their seeds, peels and parts of the roots. I keep them in containers in the freezer until they fill up. Because I live alone, it took two months. I usually eat almost all of the organic vegetables. I guess that is why it took a long time. Yesterday was my first experience of… Read More

New Vegetables

Living in the countryside sometimes brings me joy to taste new vegetables and fruit. Since I moved here, I have found a rare fruit which was pushed to be grown in the 1980s. Also I discovered some endemic vegetables which translate to “traditional vegetables”. And yesterday, I found two new vegetables in the organic vegetable section of the local supermarket. One of them is called “asupara na”, a hybrid of two Chinese vegetables. Its appearance is similar to the Chinese water spinach. And when we eat it, we feel that it is… Read More

More Options Make You Have Fun!

If you want to have more fun in your daily life, one of the easiest ways is having more options. For example, if you have three types of toothpaste, you can have some fun to choose one from the three. If you think, “I must choose one from this group,” like you may have experienced in your childhood, you may have more fun in the easiest way. If you wanted to use melon-flavored toothpaste in your childhood, but you couldn’t, I recommend that you get it now. For example, even if you… Read More

Nursing Care Product

Every year, I send a birthday gift for each of my parents. This January my father will be 77 years old. He experienced both a very light brain infarct and atrial fibrillation, so when I thought him in my mind, “nursing care” flashed through my mind. Because of that, I searched for a birthday gift which would help him in his daily life somehow. And I found MOGU goods which are cushions and pillows filled with powdered beads and loved by both children and adults. The MOGU website says their products are… Read More

Outbreaks of Wuhan Coronavirus

Here is a map of the outbreaks of Wuhan coronavirus. It is very important to know what is happening now and it is very natural to feel fear or anxiety. But if you are trapped in them, you will get tunnel vision and it will create a fearful reality. There are many things to do for decreasing the risk of infection, like staying away from crowds. And you can turn this opportunity into your new life style which decreases the impact on the Earth. In addition, let’s pray for people who have… Read More

Homemade Soy Sauce

In my area, bottle recycling collection day is very limited, because our city is poor. So I must keep empty soy sauce and vinegar bottles for a few weeks. And I don’t like it. So I decided to make soy sauce by myself, instead of having to remember bottle recycling collection day. My experience of making other long-term preserved food pushed me to do so. Because both making miso bean paste which is a long-term preserved food, and making pickled Japanese plum were easier and quicker than I imagined. And actually home-made… Read More

Limitations

Sometimes limitations help us to do things better. For example, many film directors created their best works when they did not have enough money. In this case, financial limitations helped to create high-quality films. I live in the countryside which has many limitations compared to cities. And these limitations have guided me to come across a lovely snow globe. Usually I love to buy things which are functional and elegant. When I saw snow globes before, they were cute but seemed big and rustic to me. But this time, I found an… Read More

Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is a known cause of sick building syndrome. Maybe you don’t know that formalin is an liquid solution of formaldehyde. And also formaldehyde is included in both cigarette smoke and e-cigarette vapor. So even if you are a non-smoker, when you are exposed to second-hand smoke, you are affected by it and will feel pain in your nose, throat and eyes. My noisy neighbors love toxic things including smoking heavily. And their smoke come into my house every day. I taped all of the cracks in my room. And I use two… Read More