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Boutique Japan Travel Company
142 Rainbow Drive #4240, Livingston, TX 77399
(866) 400-4262
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We specialize in bespoke Japan trips for enthusiastic and discerning travelers who believe that travel is about unique, memorable experiences – not just sightseeing or checking items off a list.

There is no more immediate and intimate way to get beyond the surface than with the guidance of thoughtful local experts, and our lovingly curated itineraries include all the touches that ensure a profound and personalized experience, while artfully leaving space for the wonderful surprises that make travel unlike anything else.
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Monday9:00 am–5:00 pm
Tuesday9:00 am–5:00 pm
Wednesday9:00 am–5:00 pm
Thursday9:00 am–5:00 pm
Friday9:00 am–5:00 pm
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(866) 400-4262, (619) 272-6978
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142 Rainbow Drive #4240, Livingston, TX 77399
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Boutique Japan is Seeking a Japan Content Specialist - http://boutiquejapan.com/japan-content-specialist/
We're seeking a Japan Content Specialist! This is a freelance contract role for a writer who is also extremely knowledgeable about Japan.
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"Mitate" is one of ways of designing like metaphor.

We see Zen garden (dry rock garden) in Buddhist temples, for instance.
Pebbles on which many lines are drawn by rake are likened to water flow and rocks and moss are likened to lands (or islands).

Regardless of its limited space in a small vase, flower design can also express various kinds of worlds and scenes.
In the case of this work, a tree covered with autumn leaves reaches its branches out over a stream. You see some fallen red leaves flow on the water.

Of course, other people may see the same work with different point of views.

What kind of scene do you see in this work?

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Masashi offers flower design lessons in Tokyo. If you are taking a full trip with Boutique Japan, we can try to include the course in your itinerary. Even if you are not taking a trip with us, don’t hesitate to contact Masashi directly for more information about his lessons: http://masashi-kaki-design.r-cms.biz/lesson-wa/
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This month, we bring you another “flower report” from our good Tokyo-based friend & flower designer, Masashi Tsurubayashi.
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In one of the Japan's most famous essays "Tsurezuregusa (Essays in Idleness)" written in 1332, the author Kenko Yoshida described the flowers of Autumn. Chrysanthemum (especially the yellow one), Rindou (Gentian), Susuki (Japanese pampas grass) are some of those.

These flowers have been deeply intertwined in our daily lives here in Japan, especially as "Kanpo (herbal medicine)".

Based on Chinese influence, Chrysanthemum is considered as a symbol of longevity. A long time ago at the Imperial Court House, nobles put cotton on fully bloomed flowers in the night. The next morning, they wiped the body with wet cotton (that absorbed morning dew of the flowers) to gain the power of the flower spirit.

Today still, some Japanese cuisine serves sake with petals of Chrysanthemum for the same reason; drink sake with energy of Chrysanthemum to gain longevity.

Speaking of "Kanpo (herbal medicine)", dried petals are good for eyestrain and headache, and dried leaves are good for the stomach and blood flow when you drink them as decoction.

The dried root of Rindou (Gentian) is good for eyestrain, headache, jaundice and diarrhea.

The dried root of Susuki (Japanese pampas grass) is good for cold and fever. Susuki is still used to make teak thatched roof for traditional wooden houses in mountain areas and ears of the plant are still used for brooms.

In addition to herbal efficacy, people offer these flowers as "Bukka (flowers to household Buddhist altar)" to console spirits of our ancestors.

These are just a few examples of how flowers deeply relate with Japanese people's lives, both physically and spiritually.

To our good health and gratitude to ancestors, all flowers are arranged in one vase.

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Masashi offers flower design lessons in Tokyo. If you are taking a full trip with Boutique Japan, we can try to include the course in your itinerary. Even if you are not taking a trip with us, don’t hesitate to contact Masashi directly for more information about his lessons:
WA Flower Design Lesson @ residence in Tokyo - 東京都、港区、虎ノ門、フラワーアレンジメント、フラワーデザイン、森正史、Masashi
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In Southern Japan, some premium jeans come preworn. Read about "The Lived-in Jeans of the Onomichi Denim Project", an article we wrote for Meridian! -
A quaint yellow commuter train ambles through the suburban sprawl of small factories, prefab homes, and rice fields that fill the landscape of Onomichi. The once-sleepy city in Japan's Hiroshima Prefecture has become an unlikely draw for design enthusiasts, who come to visit the stylish,...
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This month, we bring you another “flower report” from our good Tokyo-based friend & flower designer, Masashi Tsurubayashi.
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According to the old (or lunar) calendar of Japan, September is called "the month of chrysanthemum". Like cherry blossoms in spring, chrysanthemum is very popular autumn flower for Japanese people. You may see fairs full of beautiful flowers that owners grow with their affection, passion, and care. Actually, samurai during Edo period (1603 – 1868) enjoyed growing chrysanthemum too.

It was brought to Japan from China a long, long time ago. Based on Chinese influence, the flower was believed to be and cherished as a symbol of longevity among Japanese people.

The family crest of the Imperial family of Japan is a chrysanthemum. The 82nd Emperor Gotoba (1180-1239) loved the flower and used the simplified mark of the one on his majesty's clothes, swords, furniture, etc. Since then, court nobles declined to use the flower as their family crests. Chrysanthemum officially became the family crest of the Imperial family in 1869.

By the way, as our ancestors accepted chrysanthemum from China, today, we celebrate Halloween in Japan. We are happy campers! As long as it sounds fun and good for us, it seems to be part of Japanese culture and custom. What is the next one? Ha!

I’ll have Halloween flower design lesson using autumn flowers. Please join us! For more details, please click the following URL.
http://masashi-kaki-design.r-cms.biz/FD-lesson/#Eng

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Masashi offers flower design lessons in Tokyo. If you are taking a full trip with Boutique Japan, we can try to include the course in your itinerary.

Even if you are not taking a trip with us, don’t hesitate to contact Masashi directly for more information about his lessons: http://masashi-kaki-design.r-cms.biz/lesson-wa/
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LA Japanese food lovers, get thee to Shibumi! -
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In our introduction to Tokyo nightlife, we introduce you to Tokyo's best nightlife districts, including Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ebisu, and more! -
In our introduction to Tokyo nightlife, we introduce you to Tokyo's best nightlife districts, including Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ebisu, and more!
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Boutique Japan founder Andres was featured at Stay.com - here are his picks for the best of Kyoto, including great neighborhoods, noodle shops, markets, and more! https://www.stay.com/kyoto/guides/804709-9ff9c6e2/local-culture-in-kyoto/
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Boutique Japan founder Andres was featured at Stay.com - here are his picks for the best of Kyoto, including great neighborhoods, noodle shops, markets, and more!
Kyoto is what most travelers dream of when envisioning Japan. It was the capital of Japan for over a thousand years, and is still considered the heart and soul of traditional Japan. Home to a stunning 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, you can easily spend months wandering its backstreets, stumbling upon ancient temples, gardens, and craft shops. Here are some of my favorite places to experience the best of this endlessly fascinating city!.
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The Best Day Hikes Near Tokyo -
Looking for a break from the metropolis? Get out of the city and enjoy nature on one of these 4 great day hikes near Tokyo!
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We're hiring a brilliant & experienced Sales Ninja. If you have experience designing unique bespoke luxury trips, you may be the perfect fit! - http://boutiquejapan.com/sales-ninja/
We're hiring a brilliant & experienced Sales Ninja. If you have experience designing unique bespoke luxury trips, you may be the perfect fit!
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Dream job for brilliant travel specialist! Must have sales experience in the luxury travel sector. Share if you know someone who could be a perfect fit!
We're hiring a brilliant & experienced Sales Ninja. If you have experience designing unique bespoke luxury trips, you may be the perfect fit!
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