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Kimonos: the new evolution

The kimono has been evolving down through the ages; however, since changes often take place centuries apart, it often appears that the kimono is an unchanging garment and that the current form is its final form. In the past few years, the traditional garment worn only on special occasions has begun to take on a more modern appearance.   Read More!

Festive day awaits new adults

Monday is Seijin no Hi (Coming-of-Age Day), which marks the official entry to adulthood for all young Japanese who will have reached the age of majority (20 years) between April 2 of the previous year and April 1 of the current year. Seijin no Hi is based on an ancient Shinto rite of passage known as gempuku, observed between the 7th and 19th centuries, in which young boys adopted adult clothing, hairstyle and names and were deemed eligible to take on grown-up responsibilities, participate in religious functions and take a wife.   Read More!

Kimono: Feast for the eyes, window to the soul

Get your cameras ready -- the time for taking pictures of the 途eal Japan,・ complete with young women dressed in sumptuous, traditional kimonos, is upon us. Sunday is the day that Seijin no Hi (Coming-of-Age Day), which marks the official entry to adulthood for young Japanese, is observed in most cities.   Read More!

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An Englishman in Japan - “Let’s go fly a kite.”

Irreverent thoughts about living in the “land of the rising sun” In a modern country that revels in miniaturization, mini discs, micro cars and unfeasibly small cell phones reign supreme. However, the more traditional side of Japan appears to have a love for things a little larger.   Read More!

‘Things Thai’

Photographed entirely in Thailand, the objects showcased in “Things Thai” range from elegant lacquerware and mother-of-pearl inlay pieces and wood carvings to everyday items such as homespun textiles, farming implements and basketry. Be they items created for royalty or devotional objects made in the service of Buddhism or simply rural crafts of daily life, they offer enormous insight into Thai culture and customs.   Read More!

Retired service member wins $37,000 automobile

A $37,000 luxury Volvo S60 was recently awarded to retired service member. Ray Baize, who won the car by purchasing a $3 ticket.   Read More!

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