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Where to go to see komomaki 菰巻き

In my Oct. 16 column in The Japan Times, I wrote about komomaki, the straw mats you often see wrapped around the trunk of pine trees in formal Japanese gardens. As I explained in my article, this was originally a … Continue reading

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Find meaning in life — in the Tokyo garden “stamp rally”

I may be a sucker for freebies, but I’ve never gotten suckered into a Japanese “stamp rally.” That’s because the pain-gain ratio always sucks! For the uninitiated, I should explain that a stamp rally スタンプラリー is a device often used in … Continue reading

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