The Japanese Art of Living Seasonally

An invitation to celebrate every day

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Pub Date 14 May 2024 | Archive Date 07 May 2024

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Written by Japanologist Natalie Leon, this beautiful guide unlocks the secrets of Japan's seasonal culture to help you relish the seasons wherever you are.

Relish every day with the secrets of Japan’s seasonal culture

In traditional Japanese culture, people eat, sleep and wear the seasons, from kimono motifs to petal-shaped sweets, and festivals dedicated to nature’s spectacular displays. This mindful celebration of nature leads to a deep awareness of the seasons, called kisetsukan.

This book reveals the hidden depths of kisetsukan, and how its concepts can transform your life. Discover:

  • Shun, eating what is fresh and bountiful. Preserve edible flowers to use in homemade sweets, or taste the spring with “seven herb” porridge.
  • Mottainai, zero-waste living. Learn about boro boro, visible mending that honours the history of a cherished garment, or wrap gifts in sustainable, seasonal fabrics.
  • Kadō, the Way of Flowers. Learn the rules of ikebana and arrange flowers according to the seasons, or throw a cherry blossom-viewing party.
  • Momijigari, the ritual of leaf hunting. Explore local nature with “forest bathing”, or learn simple ways to bring the outside inside.

This treasure trove of folktales, recipes and activities is an invitation to celebrate each day, for increased creativity, harmony and happiness.
Written by Japanologist Natalie Leon, this beautiful guide unlocks the secrets of Japan's seasonal culture to help you relish the seasons wherever you are.

Relish every day with the secrets of Japan’s...

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ISBN 9781786787859
PRICE $21.95 (USD)
PAGES 352

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The Japanese Art of Living Seasonally is a lovely book that is well-researched. It documents carefully the ritual, tradition and key elements of the 72 microseasons observed in Japan in an accurate and succinct way

The layout is light and accessible and it is a good book to journey through the seasons with. There is so much in here to learn and do that it is a real delight to become immersed in. Leon writes very well and clearly knows their subject matter very, very well, writing with insight and empathy

I really enjoyed this in-depth review of living seasonally and it is certainly a book to keep for daily reference

Thank you to Netgalley, Watkins Publishing and Natalie Leon for this wonderful ARC. My review is left voluntarily and all opinions are my own

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Very excited for this beautiful book of Japenease tradition to help guide me through the year. Will be sharing much more soon

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