The secret to better productivity

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Photo credit – Glenn Carstens-Peters via unsplash.com

Productivity in a time of information overload can be challenging. It is easy to succumb to the temptations of overindulging in information. The truth is that multi-tasking is not the answer. So, what is?

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Thoughts about the fragility of life …

Cherry blossoms

The significance of the cherry blossom tree in Japanese culture goes back hundreds of years. In their country, the cherry blossom represents the fragility and the beauty of life. It’s a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful but that it is also tragically short.
~ Homaru Cantu

How to have a hanami party in Japan and obey the rules!

Hanami parties in the grounds of Yasaka-jinja shrine

Hanami parties in the grounds of Yasaka-jinja shrine, Kyoto

April is cherry blossom time in Japan. Even though we are a little late for the peak of the season, it is a time when it seems that all of Japan is out enjoying the spectacle of the blooms. They do this by having “hanami” parties – food and drinks under a cherry tree. Of course, such an event would not be complete with its own etiquette and manners.

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Friday food treat: Japanese beer

Beer tasting at Sapporo Beer Museum

Beer tasting at Sapporo Beer Museum

Sapporo is the home of one of Japan’s iconic beers. Sapporo beer is easily identified by the star on its label. The star has featured in its label since 1869. Not only is Sapporo a popular beer, it has played an important part in the economy of Hokkaido.

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Essential daily nutrients for a healthier, more sociable and more resilient lifestyle

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Photo credit – Hernan Sanchez via unsplash.com

Did you know that a hug can be one way you can get essential daily nutrients that nourish well-being? Essential daily nutrients don’t always refer to food. In this post, read about some daily habits that can result in better physical and mental health.

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Friday food treat: Miso

Miso paste in a bowl

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One of the traditional seasonings in Japanese cuisine is miso. It is used in sauces, spreads, in pickling meats and soup. Widely used in both traditional and modern dishes, miso can be a great standby in the pantry for making a last-minute meal. 

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