In Chinese culture, the term tao hua is associated with love and romance. Tao hua luck can be good or bad, depending on the individual situation. It can be broadly categorized into tao hua yun and... More > tao hua jie or tao hua sha.< Less
Furin is the term for Japanese wind bell. It has a clapper with a string and a rectangular card. It is a standard feature of summer in Japan. The furin is a very nice and beautiful adornment for our... More > homes. With so many colours, shapes and designs to choose from, it makes a great gift too for any occasion.< Less
Have you ever come across a cat figurine with a raised paw? That is the Maneki Neko, Japanese fortune cat. It is a popular symbol of good luck, prosperity and success.
Its unique appearance and... More > beckoning gesture has certain significance.< Less
A pudgy ceramic statue is often seen displayed at the entrance of Japanese noodle shops and restaurants. It has a happy smiling face, with a goofy expression.
This statue is known as... More > ‘tanuki’. Originally portrayed as an evil and mischievous animal trickster in the early centuries, tanuki has since evolved into a cute Japanese icon of wealth and luck.< Less
Zhu You is a mystical ancient Chinese healing therapy, which used mainly incantations and talismans to bring about healing effects. From the Sui Dynasty till mid-Ming era, Zhu You Ke was included in... More > the Official Chinese Medical System. It is difficult to find information on this subject in the English language.< Less
The Chinese have a fine selection of plants that are used as symbolic decoration items during festive seasons. Popular auspicious plants to usher in the Chinese New Year include kumquat, pussy... More > willow, golden money plant, money tree, lucky bamboo, etc.< Less
Very often we run out of ideas as to what gifts to buy for Christmas or for other occasions. Surprise your loved ones and friends by giving them something unusual as presents for Christmas,... More > birthdays, or for other occasions.< Less
Ikebana is one of the most distinct arts in Japanese culture. It is a floral art created seven centuries ago. A creative expression but has to conform to prescribed rules and the specific ways that... More > materials can be combined.
Ikebana patterns and styles have evolved into many different styles of arrangement over the centuries.< Less