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Reflections on Japan


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Reflections on Japan

Reflections on Japan

Embracing Wabi Sab: Lessons From Japan for a Deeper, Simpler Yoga Practice – by Lizzie Emly

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As the cherry blossoms bloom in London and for a few short weeks pastel pink petals adorn trees in some of the city’s parks and gardens, I am reminded of the beautiful ‘Sakura’ season in Japan. Soon the Japanese celebrations of ‘Golden Week’ will begin, and I find myself reflecting on the time I spent living in, and learning about, life and culture in the ‘land of the rising sun’.

When I was 22, I received an offer to work in Tokyo. When I arrived at Narita airport, I was immediately faced with the culture shock I had been warned about. This included a toilet that looked complicated and a vending device that appeared to have a lot of green tea flavored items.

I found my first weeks in Tokyo fascinating – if not a bit baffling. I was…



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