Kudan - JOK Notebook

I'm reading The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories, newly out from editor Jay Rubin. Thus far, I'm luxuri...

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Completing the Circle - JOK Notebook

In the new essay on 寂 (lonely; desolate; quiet), I mentioned the seven principles of 侘び寂び (わびさび: wabi-sabi), including 不均斉 (ふきんせい:...

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Tokyo Banana and a Matcha Madeleine - JOK Notebook

Last month I posted here about a Tokyo Banana KitKat that my husband's colleague gave me. One thing led to another and h...

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