The power of colour

Enjoying the color of April while tasting London borough of Jam.

As you know from the profit we donate back to a charity operating in Malawi. Now we are arranging for this, hoping I can report to you soon!

Three small collections of Jam:

Blackberry & Bay Leaves Jam

Lemon & Vanilla Marmalade

Greengage Plum & Fennel Pollen Jam

The shop is opened the only weekend.   http://www.londonboroughofjam.com/

4月の色のエネルギーをもらいながら、ジャム屋さんのリリーが心を込めて作る3つのジャムを楽しみました。

その傍ら、PIANOPIANOの寄付金の計算、PIANOPIANOの新しい企画などの話し合いをした春の日でした。

Maruhiro – Hasami Porcelin

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PIANOPIANO LIFE-  SLOW LIFE

It is not easy to have a slow life during a busy morning.  However, the moment when preparing coffee or tea, holding the cup and then tasting mindfully.  The sequence can help our life slow down.

For my coffee time every morning,  I am enjoying the coffee taste with HASAMI porcelain.

HASAMI is a little town located in Nagasaki -southern Japan. Luckily it is not far from my home town.  This town is known well along with neighbouring Arita, Saga prefecture for its china manufacturing.

A design company Maruhiro creates tools for daily life.

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Megumi Nizato who is a creative graphic designer, has designed the logo for this brand. Hasami means Scissor in Japanese.   Risa Nizato who is a talented porcelain designer in Maruhiro, she is creating the design of the goods.

We have a sisterly relationship, when I hold this cup in the busy morning, it reminds me their sweet smile (:  and my day starts with the cup.    What I like in their work is that they create useful items for everyday life but also there is a playful essence in their design.

It is called in Japanese – asobi gokoro.

Ability to stack to cup specially pleasing .

私の朝の生活の中にすっかりとけこんでいる道具。

長崎の波佐見焼きのマルヒロのカップ&プレート。 有田焼もいいけど、波佐見焼もいい。

妹のような存在であるかわいいアーティスト姉妹がロゴデザイン(Megumi)、カップデザイン(Risa)したものだから、更に愛着を感じます。遠いところで頑張っている二人を時に思いながら、豆を挽き、コーヒーを入れ、✁カップでロンドンの朝を少しゆっくりめに始めるのでした。

 

ゆっくり生きていこう。元気に遠くまで行けるように

CHI VA PIANO, VA SANO E VA LONTANO

The one who slows down arrives safe and sound

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year

Happy new year !

Thank you for 2014 and nice to enter 2015.

I had a precious time in Japan with family and friends.

Japan… it is my teacher, I learn from people who live in there and cultures and life in their tradition.   Much respect…

In 2015   I will do my best to become nice bridge to east to west,  to south to north, to past to present PIANO PIANO…

明けましておめでとうございます。

年末年始は里帰りし、家族、友人に再会ができ、2015年の新しい扉を開けることができました。 父や母 の笑顔を見れたことが何よりに嬉しく、長年来の友人達、兄弟、親戚のみなさんとの再会も嬉しく、語り合い、刺激しあい、喜びの中に自分がいます。

日本という国は私の先生であり、そこに住む人々、祖先の方が作り上げた文化、習慣、それを守っていく人々に、本当に尊敬の念です。

今年も少しでも、東西・南北、古今 橋になれるように、PIANOPIANOゆっくりがんばっていきますので、宜しくお願い致します。

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Japanese omotenashi−The art and heart of hospitality.

Amazing tea bar  Yorozu

2-3-32  Akasaka,  Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka, Japan

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Traditional Japanese pottery-  Gallery Takashima  

27311-73 Miyano, Takeo-shi, Saga, Japan

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Green tea museum–  Hohino mura  Yame- shi, Fukuoka Japan  – amazing gyokuro tea

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Takeo century hotel – Takeo- shi, Saga, Japan

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Lunch after yoga

After the yoga practice Billy’s yoga we had lunch together with beautiful weather. Everybody is using PIANOPIANO yoga bag 🙂 Very warm-hearted member !

ビリー先生がギリシャへリトリートに行く前にリンジーの家で恒例の持ち寄りランチ。皆さんPIANOPIANOのヨガバッグを使って下さっています。ありがたい。

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とってもステキなイギリスのお庭

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紫陽花が大好き。
I have never seen this type of Hydrangea in Japan, so sweet.

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There are pram tree, pear tree, apple tree, Fig tree and grape tree.

My yoga teacher, Billy will publish his yoga book very soon. I will be in the book as yoga model…a bit.

お庭にはプラム、林檎、ペアー、イチジク、がたくさんなっていました。

もうすぐビリー先生の本が出版されます。私もちょこっとだけ本にヨガのモデルとして登場しています。乞うご期待。

Japanese spring sweet

A tea time with my hometown green tea and Japanese sweet

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Tea- Ureshino tea, Ureshino  is a city located in the western part of Saga Prefecture on the island of Kyushu Japan. Ureshino is an area surrounded by green tea fields, and is well known as one of the best green tea producers in Japan, as the method of tea production dates back to 1504. This tradition has been carried on today in the delicate aroma and flavour of the tea.

Sweet – Special spring time Japanese sweet, made with cherry blossom leaves (sakura).  The sweet is produced by a traditional Japanese tea ceremony sweet shop in MatsueShimane Prefecture in Japan.  A special souvenir from my lovely student.

A shower of cherry blossom petals, the smell of fresh herbs and flowers in the fields…  Missing Japanese spring time…

ポーランド人の生徒さんから嬉しい便りと島根県からのお土産を頂きました。松江の老舗三英堂の春の和菓子でした。 ほんのり桜葉の香りするお菓子・・・嬉野茶と一緒にありがたく頂きました。

夏か冬に帰国するので、日本の春は10年以上帰っていないなと思いながら・・・ 山の新緑の匂い、春の草花、春風にゆれる桜吹雪、故郷や家族を恋しく思う一時でした。

WAKE Up

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Wake up – Today

Guarana – Based Coffee Alternative

Barley 36%,Malted Barley 26%, Chicory, Rye,Figs, Guarana

Nutty aroma and earthy taste. I love it !
Guarana has been prized for thousands of years by the Amazon indians for its natural energy boosting qualities. It is traditionally grown in the rainforests of northern Brazil and its steady stimulation is a great alternative to coffee.
Of course I drink with Malawi Dedza cup.