Thursday, February 2, 2023





    We entered February 2023. It is called Kisaragi in old Japanese. It is the coldest season of the year. The snow which accumulated a week ago hasn't melted yet because of how cold it is.

    The preparation of Miso was over last week which is the same timing as the one last year. Miso is made from soybeans which are grown by a local farmer, Ms. Nishizawa and malt from Watanabe malt shop and organic salt. We leave it to ferment for about ten months. This home-made miso is very healthy and tastes very good, so many of my friends love to receive it from me.

    February has only 28 days and it will pass quickly. Since people say that Buddha passed away on the 15th of this month, I hang down the scroll of the image of Buddha entering nirvana at the alcove. Nirvana is a peaceful and calm place. In my daily life, vague anxiety often comes to my mind and it is difficult to be in such a peaceful situation all the time but I wish to live calmly.