|Masako Ujiie, Ms.||
|Hiroko Tabuchi, Ms.||
When flower blossoms are in their full
bloom and the hills are tinted with soft pink our heart is filled with the
lively feeling of spring.
The harbingers of the season, Sakura or cherry blossoms run through the Japanese archipelago from south to north.
How about enjoying tea and sweets watching cherry blossoms under the faint moonlight. The teacups with cherry blossoms painting are Kyo-ware (from the kiln in Kyoto).
Going into the woods as if you were
chased by scorching sun, you will hear the sound of stream, see green leaves
and blue sky on the water. You will forget the heat for a while.
Today, let's enjoy crispy summer vegetable nurtured by the sun and fish from river!
Pampas grass is swayed by the wind. The
earth is enveloped by the glow of the sinking sun.
Autumn, the season which makes you introspective. . When the leaves are turning red and yellow and the hills are glowing in golden colour, we are blessed with the bountiful harvest from the earth.
With gratitude for the farmers' labour and nature's blessing the table is designed in maple colour. Vegetables and fish cooked in charcoal fire with sake make your body and heart warm.
We are attracted by red camellia in falling
snow, enduring the cold and, yet, displaying its beauty as if it is showing us
the way of dignified living.
In such a quiet winter night, let's make sushi using fresh fish from the frigid sea and enjoy the taste of winter.
We are living in the modern society where
any news is broadcasted in an instant and people are pressured by the lack of
time and the heavy burden of work. No matter how busy people are, they are
always yearning for nature and tranquility.
The world of Zen which can depict the universe in a 3.3 square meter garden(tsuboniwa) fascinates the urban dwellers. At a dinner time Friday evening why don't you sit at the table decorated with a tsuboniwa and relax yourself?