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Hiroko Asano

Hiroko is a Japanese brought up in Sydney, Australia. She is a registered National Government Licensed Guide interpreter and a licensed Kimono teacher who loves ikebana and Japanese history. She is also a mum of a two year old.

Articles by Hiroko

From idyllic architecture of ancient Kyoto to the majestic sculptures of old-time Nara to the stunning paintings of Edo, Japan surely is a fabled chest of gold especially when it comes to…

Bringing a new life into the world is undoubtedly one of the most miraculous moments.  And yet, no matter how much a bundle of joy your baby could be, pregnancy, motherhood and parenthood surely…

“With Japanese, the arrangement of cut flowers in vessels of various kinds has become a decorative art of considerable refinement, compared to which Western methods of floral composition have the appearance merely…

As spring makes a grand entrance, the entire country wakes up from hibernation and is greeted by the astounding views of pastel pink that sweep away the winter landscape of Japan. Hakone, home…

While the notion of miyabi (elegance) dominated the aesthetic values of Japan up until the Heian period, the art of Kamakura draws a clear comparison with its subtle aesthetics derived from the…

According to the passages of Kojiki – one of the first written records of Japan – the sakura (aka cherry blossom) has been treasured by the people of Japan since ancient times. Furthermore,…

The history of cherry blossom-viewing dates back to middle of 9th century when emperor Saga held a hanami (flower viewing party) underneath sakura trees instead of the conventional plum blossoms. Amidst the momentum…

With amazing history, culture and wilderness, along with selections of rustic to avant-garde cuisines and ceaseless entertainments, all interlinked with networks of scenic rides accompanied by magnificent views of Mount Fuji and…