May 01, 2016

What makes sakura or cherry blossom part of the Japanese spirit?

Japanese cherry blossom copyright peter hanami 2009

Picture: Japanese cherry blossom 


"If I were asked to explain the Japanese spirit, I would say it is wild cherry blossoms glowing in the morning sun!"

— Motoori Norinaga (1730-1801), nativist thinker and poet

¨It was courtiers of the .....Heian Period (794-1185) who began making of ethereal sakura (cherry blossoms) what they later became in all their glory — living poems, living symbols of beauty, life, evanescence, death, "Japanese spirit."


Source: Sakura: Soul of Japan
Through the ages, cherry trees in blossom have inspired parties and poetry
By MICHAEL HOFFMAN
Sunday, March 25, 2012

April 26, 2016

Japanese household income estimated in 2014 at $US 45,232



Japanese vending machine drink brands copyright peter hanami 2010
Picture: Japanese vending machine drink brands


"¥5,372,000 ($US45,232.18)..Average yearly income of all households in Japan, according to the labor ministry"

 
Source: Small Print: February 11, 2015
Antique whiskey, global washoku, bear deceptions and more ...
By Steve Trautlein
Metropolis
Issue 1090
http://metropolisjapan.com/small-print-february-11-2015

April 20, 2016

Japan operates the global 7-Eleven business with over 58000 stores


"Seven and I Holdings...at first, the company operated 7- Eleven stores only in Japan. In 1991, the Japanese company then known as Ito-Yokado acquired the US operator of 7-Eleven stores. The global 7-Eleven business is now fully owned by Seven and I Holdings, with its more than 58,000 convenience stores worldwide"



Source: 7-Eleven boss falls on sword as Loeb wins board battle, 
By Megumi Fujikawa and Kosaku Narioka,
The Wall Street Journal
The Weekend Australian
April 9-10, 2016, page 33.




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