Haruomi Hosono: What it means to be a super adept Japanese musician

After methodically absorbing enormous amount of music and its associated details, if was as if Haruomi Hosono disassembled and dismantled them, stripped away any meanings and produced something that was so minimal, fundamental and universal.

Forget about taking selfies! The Ghibli Museum, Mitaka, Tokyo

The Ghibli Museum in Tokyo is by no means a small-scale Disneyland. Originally conceived by Hayao Miyazaki and realized by his son Goro Miyazaki, it is a relatively small museum full of peculiar details. You could also watch Ghibli’s original short film, such as “Boro the Caterpillar,” Miyazaki’s latest production.

Big ambition from a small island: Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture, Imabari

The Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture, Imabari is located on a small, traditional island in West Japan. After decades of progressive architectural experiments based in Tokyo, Toyo Ito is pursuing the future of architecture on this heritage-rich island that has been preserved from aggressive modernization.”

Abundance by absence in music: “Absolutely on Music” by Haruki Murakami and Seiji Ozawa

In his conversation with Haruki Murakami, Seiji Ozawa explains effective “ma” in music, a Japanese concept that places void in between sequences.

Chapter 4-3: Absence in business – Nissin Cupnoodles Museum

Recipe for Japanese caramel pudding “purin”: reduce sugar – drastically!

One of the characteristics of the Japanese cuisine is its obsession with texture. Especially with deserts, Japanese are almost fanatical in adding special textures, whether it’s sponginess, wobbliness, smoothness, crispiness or crunchiness. The beauty of it? You rely less on sugar, butter or cream – the “guilty” ingredients to find pleasure in what you eat. When you focus on the texture, you rely less on the quantity of sweet/fatty ingredients. It’s much healthier and more blissful.

Is sushi really healthy? Tips to make it healthy and sustainable

Is sushi really healthy? May be not, if prepared carelessly. Get some tips to make it sensible and sustainable.

Debunking the myths of Japanese food: is it really healthy and natural?

Japanese food can be unhealthy and non-natural. Debunk common myths about Japanese food by remembering “less is more” philosophy.

My Neighbor Totoro: honest face of nature

Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli’s drama-free, anti-climax “My Neighbor Totoro” reminds us how humans used to interact with nature. Totoro was not imaginary 50 years ago. He was next the kids who used to venture out to explore honest, raw face of nature when adults weren’t watching. Nature was the teacher for children, and Totoro was their capricious and ambiguous guardian.

Abundance by subtraction in music: piano & Nobuyuki Tsujii

Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii cannot see. Yest his music is so powerful. A river runs through his music. What’s so special about his piano play?

Tradition of shoe repair: it’s about renewing relationships

We are obsessed with shoes. A pair that perfectly fits our feet is hard to find. When we repair such pairs, we are renewing our relationships with them.

Japanese soufflé cheesecake recipe – less sugar diet

Japanese soufflé cheesecake recipe. Enjoy this feathery treat that melts on your tongue. It requires less sugar, and other guilty ingredients.

Japanese cheesecake: wobbliest, lightest and most delicious?

There are two types of cheesecakes that are popular in Japan: traditional New York style, and “souffle” type cheesecake. Unlike very “cheesy” New York style cheesecake, souffle is light and spongy because it uses beaten egg whites.

Applied Origami, as state-of-the-art engineering

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How sweet is deliciously sweet? AISSY quantifies sugar in cookies

We are eating 450 times more sugar compared to the Middle Ages. Do we need this much sugar in order for our body to function best, when our body hasn’t changed much since the Middle Ages? Is 450 times more sugar “delicious,” rather than too much? AISSY, a Japanese food consulting firm measured sugar content in our sweets.

Tune-up your senses at optimal level through decluttering

Tidying up is about subtracting your belongings toward the ultimate essentials. Zero = abundance shares common theme. But there is something deeper.