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Happy Children’s Day!



May 5, 2017 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment

Between our two lives

by Matsuo Bashō

Between our two lives
there is also the life of
the cherry blossom.

May 2, 2017 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

The Sound of Silence

Happy World Book Day!
The Sound of Silence

By Katrina Goldsaito, illustrated by Julia Kuo

“Do you have a favorite sound?” little Yoshio asks. The musician answers, “The most beautiful sound is the sound of ma, of silence.”

But Yoshio lives in Tokyo, Japan: a giant, noisy, busy city. He hears shoes squishing through puddles, trains whooshing, cars beeping, and families laughing. Tokyo is like a symphony hall!

Where is silence?

Join Yoshio on his journey through the hustle and bustle of the city to find the most beautiful sound of all.


April 23, 2017 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

The Narrow Road

by Matsuo Bashō

The Narrow Road
to the Far North


April 17, 2017 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment

JAPAN: Cat Day

nyan nyan nyan 🙂

These are the amazing things you can do in Japan on Cat Day


February 22, 2016 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Children’s Songs in Kyoto

Happy Children’s Day!

May 5, 2015 at 5:15 am Leave a comment

The Magic Tea Kettle

The Magic Tea Kettle (Bunbuku Chagama)

Asian Art Museum Storyteller, Jeff Byers, tells a Japanese folktale about a magical raccoon-dog, or tanuki, who uses its shape shifting powers to reward its rescuer for his kindness. In Japanese, “bun” is distribute; “buku” is fortune; and “chagama” is tea kettle. “Bunbuku chagama” roughly translates to “happiness bubbling over like a tea kettle.” A “chagama” (茶釜) is an old style of Japanese tea kettle used for traditional tea ceremonies. They are often round with two rings, one on each side for carrying and/or hanging over an old-style indoor fire. We have an example in our teahouse at the Asian Art Museum.

March 3, 2014 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

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