Kim Miyamoto


The environment had a significant impact on my life – Shofu Koyama

I had an opportunity to talk to a calligraphy artist, Shofu Koyama. I asked why she decided to pursue the path and where her passion came from.

Discovered the depth of brush, ink, and Washi (Traditional Japanese paper) – Kaoru Goto

I met Kaoru Goto, a Bokuga (An ink painting) artist, about ten years ago. At that time, she was a Kirie (The art of paper cutting) artist. Most of her works are motifs of animals and large trees, and it seems like they are chatting happily.

Let’s make your own face mask at home

COVID-19 has spread around the world. It is better to wear mask in public either you have hay fever or you don't. It's time to make your own mask at home. Stay safe, everyone!
Traditional Crafts

Ikkanbari, one of quite unique traditional techniques in Japan

One of my friends showed me a unique bag which was covered with kimono cloth and washi. That was my first encounter with Ikkanbari. Listening how it was made got me more curious about Ikkanbari. So I decided to visit and see it myself.
Traditional Crafts

j cocomo’s urushi lacquer tableware has very contemporary feel.

"What kind of image do you have of urushi lacquerware? " If I had asked this question to other Japanese people, most of them would say "expensive" and "very traditional".

Hakozakigu Hojoya festiva at Hakozaki Shrine in Fukuoka

Hakozakigu Hojoya festival is one of the most famous festivals in Fukuoka which is held in Hakozaki shrine Sep.12th to Sep. 18th every year. Five hundreds of stalls are lined up and more than a million people visit during the festival period.
Traditional Crafts

Japanese paper “Washi” making in Akizuki, Fukuoka

I visited Akizuki in Fukuoka. Akizuki is a old castle town located in northern part of Asakura city. The area still retain the appearance of Edo era, and have its cultural atmosphere.
Traditional Crafts

I went to get rid of bad luck!

I went to a shrine for Yakubarai. Yakubarai is a ritual to get rid of bad luck.I go to Wakahachimangu shrine to get purified every year after I became freelancer.
Food and Drinks

A better way to rehydrate dried shiitake mushrooms!

I will share what I learned from shiitake mushroom farm! How you rehydrate dried shiitake mushrooms is a key to make them delicious. The steps are not difficult so I hope you will try this at home!
Food and Drinks

Talking about Japanese Cuisine? then, You can’t skip Dashi!

Dashi is cooking broth made of infusions of foods such as bonito flakes, dried kombu(kelp), dried sardine, and dried shiitake mushroom. If you love Japanese cuisine and willing to try cooking by yourself, then you can’t miss the Dashi broth.