Japonisme: A New Book by Erin Niimi Longhurst

People often ask me why I love Japan. Often the things that spring to mind are things I like about Japan - the warmth of the family kotatsu (the best invention - a table with a built-in heater and blanket!), the Japanese meticulous attention to detail, their respect for one another, family, friendship, pride in … Continue reading Japonisme: A New Book by Erin Niimi Longhurst

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Hinamatsuri – Celebrating Japan’s Girls’ Day

In 2015 I had the privilege of staying with my Japanese friend's family in Tokyo for two weeks in February/March. They were such kind and generous hosts and I took away so many amazing memories from that experience. My trip happened to coincide with the Japanese festival of Hinamatsuri, also known as the Doll Festival … Continue reading Hinamatsuri – Celebrating Japan’s Girls’ Day