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Too Good Not To Share: Persimmon and Pomegranate Salad

  Early winter is persimmon season in Japan. Persimmons, also called hoshigaki, are commonly given as gifts to friends. Many countryside houses feature their own persimmon tree. This delicious fruit is a great way to experience an edible part of Japanese culture. Below is a persimmon and pomegranate salad I made over the weekend. Delicious and healthy. Too good not to share!   Persimmon and Pomegranate Salad: 1 ripe (must be very soft) persimmon Seeds of one pomegranate (put into a bowl for at least 20 minutes. Save the juice for the vinaigrette.) 2 cups arugula 2 cups field greens A handful of spiced pumpkin seeds (olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic. Roast at 325 for 15 minutes or so) Goat...

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Staying Grounded During the Holiday Season

  It all starts with Thanksgiving. The food. Then the shopping and the social obligations. It is so easy to get disconnected and off track during the holidays. We are all super busy and wind up eating foods we normally steer clear of, not to mention all of the alcohol we tend to consume. Following are five tips to help you stay grounded amidst the excitement of the holiday season. Re-connect with Yourself Every Morning: I like to do this when I first wake up. When you wake up, take a moment and capture your soul. Our minds are clear and calm early in the morning. Take a few deep breaths and set your intentions for the day. No matter...

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The First NYC Snowfall of the Year | The Beauty of Ritual

  Not the best timing for bad weather. Tons of people need to travel for Thanksgiving tomorrow and it’s a messy wintery mix outside.   And then, it happened. The mix turned into a fluffy, white, swirling snowfall. I stopped everything I was working on and performed one of my most coveted rituals. Every year during the first snowfall I stop whatever it is that I'm doing and sit by the window while listening to Tchaikovsky’s Pas de Deux from the Nutcracker. The beauty of the snow and the music are perfect together – it’s as if the snow is dancing.   Even though this ritual lasts just a few minutes, I look forward to it every year. Time stops...

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Seasonal Skincare: 5 Body Care Tips for Cooler Weather

  The weather has officially cooled down and it is safe to say we are all seeing changes in our skin, both face and body. Not only is our skin influenced by the drop in temperate but also the by dryness from heaters and the constant in-and-out of the cold. All of these factors strip out skin of moisture. Here are 5 tips to help your skin transition into cooler weather and keep it glowing.   Drink Water - First and foremost the best thing you can do for your face or body no matter what time of year it is to drink a lot of water. Hydrating is even more important when it’s cold outside. Drink at least 48...

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Being In the Moment

  As I have been working on Amayori I have had the great fortune of being able to delve deeply into Japanese art and design – a long time passion of mine. A strong component of Japanese aesthetics is the appreciation of nature and the change of seasons. This is particularly apparent in the fabric used for a geisha's kimono. These exquisite outfits are carefully chosen to reflect the current season so that the person watching the geisha can further appreciate the time of year. This also makes the geisha harmonious with her surroundings. Last Thursday I took a trip (via car) from New York to Central Pennsylvania. The beautiful orange, gold and burgundy foliage against the crisp blue of...

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