Matcha Tea; Buddha & Warriors …

Why are they related ?

You can find out at Asian Art Museum !

So many treasures spanning over thousand of years into antiquity – it’s all mesmerizing.  Just some parts, I can play a pretend-docent about so just ask me about some of the works I consider “masterpiece” or “great works” but other areas, I will have to study up more myself …there are more than 18,000 objects in their collection !

Matcha Tea Latte made with Oat Milk … Feel the LOVE:)

It took nearly 1000 years for Buddhism, originating in the Indus Valley (India &) to finally land in the island country of Japan …probably much earlier but, officially, Year 552.   It was not religion but philosophy that journeyed to Japan where it was well received among the Warrior – Samurai class and took root in the soil of Shinto-ism, Japan’s own spirituality.  Today there are over 2000 temples and shrines in the ancient city of Kyoto alone  (today, thriving City – it’s not a ruin, please) …  BTW, temples are Buddhist; shrines are Shinto … FYI in case you are visiting:)

Spring

Noticing the bloom

Sakura – Cherry Blossoms are starting to flower 

Time to celebrate 🙂  Birthdays …Thank you for the homemade fruit tart – Beautiful design of fruits celebrating the abundance of colors and fresh flavors.  

Tulip blooming

Sakura Mochi for coming of Spring …

This is Starbucks Tokyo window this March … just to look at to get ideas is enough for me.

& time to reconnect with friends we miss.  Indulging, making exceptions to the usual no sugar diet … and oddly? no weight gain ?  It’s about the metabolism and portion control when you are yoga-ing more and more.

Spring Yin Yoga – focus on cleansing and renewal – Element is Wood – Internal Organs to stimulate and care are Liver and Gallbladders – the rivers within you are no longer stagnant, taking the time to practice the sequence designed to awaken and renew.

Spring is Here.