cherry blossom forecast: (Japanese version only) version only) (Japanese version only)  

when and where to see cherry blossoms (Japanese version only):

1-30 April Miyako Odori(Cherry Dance), Kyoto
Maiko and geiko dance performances
Advance tickets are available from overseas at:
The performances wil be done at Kyoto Art Theater “Shunjuza”( again this year.

seasonal flowers:

Monday, January 18, 2010


Now is the best time to view daffodils in the Kanto region.

These are Tama-zuisen(玉水仙:round daffodil).Traditional Japanese confections are almost made by hand.Although I made these by hand, traditional confectioners create far more refined ones. There is nothing harder than making simple confections. Maker's skills and aesthetic sensibility appears clearly throughout his work.

made by:
Susumu Naiki,Akogare-no-wagashi-wo-tsukuru(Tokyo:Japan Broadcast Publishing Co., Ltd,1999), p.71

This is a cell-phone strap in the shape of a daffodil, which is formed in a mold for dry confections.

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