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Beat the Summer Heat Japanese Traditional Way. Immerse your ankles and feet in cold water for about 10 minutes. The body radiates a lot of heat from feet,  especially due to large bloodstream flows caused by being on your feet a lot during the day. Cooling your feet will efficiently cool the body.

Beat the Summer Heat Japanese Traditional Way. Immerse your ankles and feet in cold water for about 10 minutes. The body radiates a lot of heat from feet, especially due to large bloodstream flows caused by being on your feet a lot during the day. Cooling your feet will efficiently cool the body.

In Japan, August is the month for Bon Odori traditional dance festivals. It is the time of year for Japanese to remember and honor their ancestors and to celebrate their eternal presence in their daily lives.

In Japan, August is the month for Bon Odori traditional dance festivals. It is the time of year for Japanese to remember and honor their ancestors and to celebrate their eternal presence in their daily lives.

At the end of Obon, Japanese light float lanterns to tell the spirits it is time for them to return to the spirit world.

At the end of Obon, Japanese light float lanterns to tell the spirits it is time for them to return to the spirit world.

The West in general places a very high value on efficiency, i.e. doing things correctly in the fastest way with the least amount of effort. In contrast, respect and harmony play a very primary role in the Japanese mindset.

The West in general places a very high value on efficiency, i.e. doing things correctly in the fastest way with the least amount of effort. In contrast, respect and harmony play a very primary role in the Japanese mindset.

At 95, Fumi-san (center) looks as elegant and beautiful as ever, and we were happy she came to our office for a private celebration. When we asked her if she has had a birthday wish this year, she paused. She said, just like for the past 32 years, she has kept asking Nobuo-san, her departed husband, to lower a rope from the Heavens to pull her up next to him. But alas, he never listens!

At 95, Fumi-san (center) looks as elegant and beautiful as ever, and we were happy she came to our office for a private celebration. When we asked her if she has had a birthday wish this year, she paused. She said, just like for the past 32 years, she has kept asking Nobuo-san, her departed husband, to lower a rope from the Heavens to pull her up next to him. But alas, he never listens!

Last week we had the honor of celebrating the 94th birthday of Fumi-san. She is the grandmother of WAWAZA‘s beauty and wellness specialist, Ms. Yuri Nonaka, whom many of our customers have known well for years. Fumi-san is to the left.  Ms. Yuri is in the center. To the right is Kyoko-san, Ms. Yuri’s mother.

Last week we had the honor of celebrating the 94th birthday of Fumi-san. She is the grandmother of WAWAZA‘s beauty and wellness specialist, Ms. Yuri Nonaka, whom many of our customers have known well for years. Fumi-san is to the left. Ms. Yuri is in the center. To the right is Kyoko-san, Ms. Yuri’s mother.

Today is the beginning of rainy season in southern Japan. Spring is in its full glory and gentle, warm rain has been falling all day. Tsuyu is an integral part of culture and rhythms of  life in Japan. It changes the look of the cities and landscapes and brings life to lush vegetation.

Today is the beginning of rainy season in southern Japan. Spring is in its full glory and gentle, warm rain has been falling all day. Tsuyu is an integral part of culture and rhythms of life in Japan. It changes the look of the cities and landscapes and brings life to lush vegetation.

In Japan, mamachari bicycles — literally “mother’s bike” — are everywhere! And they are not just for moms. Clockwise from top left: Mother with children in Tokyo, Kimono-clad lady in Kyoto, Going surfing in Miyazaki, Mamachari “Grand-Prix” in Osaka

In Japan, mamachari bicycles — literally “mother’s bike” — are everywhere! And they are not just for moms. Clockwise from top left: Mother with children in Tokyo, Kimono-clad lady in Kyoto, Going surfing in Miyazaki, Mamachari “Grand-Prix” in Osaka

In the Japanese almanac, winter starts on November 7th, a day which is called Tōji.  One of the most popular traditions of Tōji is taking a hot yuzu (Japanese citron) bath, called Yuzu-Yu (柚子湯), to ward off evil and prevent from catching a cold.

In the Japanese almanac, winter starts on November 7th, a day which is called Tōji. One of the most popular traditions of Tōji is taking a hot yuzu (Japanese citron) bath, called Yuzu-Yu (柚子湯), to ward off evil and prevent from catching a cold.

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