Encountering Japanese culture

is a sitting posture used by most Japanese people. It requires you to kneel on your knees, sitting on your legs. It will feel painful at first as your legs could fall asleep. But after a while, you will get used to it.
Midori (teacher)

a Japanese style sleeping mat that is normally used more often than the standard bed for its easy storage capability. a door, window or room divider made out of a translucent piece of paper over a frame of wood. It is designed to slide easily, thus taking up less space than a swinging door.

commonly referred as the Japanese cypress. It is a favourite type of wood to use in construction of important buildings. Hinoki balls are used in suiren for producing a good lemon aroma and for having the ability of being highly rot resistant.

Natto is fermented soybean that is used for seasoning on rice. Although Japanese people are used to eating natto with rice, you may find eating natto a bit challenging to consume. Some foreigners do not like eating natto either the idea
of eating something fermented or the smell tends to make them lose their appetite. However, Japanese people claim that natto is beneficial for improving your health.

Zazen is a sitting posture that helps you to concentrate by calming the mind and body. The Zazen posture is to be seated, with folded hands and legs and with an erect but settled spine. The
hands are to be placed together at the fingertips, over the stomach. Breathe deeply in and out while keeping the eyes open so you will not fall asleep and be distracted by your imagination. This practice is introduced to customers for meditation and staff members try this method to clear their minds of distractions.

Japanese baths are quite different from any other kind of baths. What you are supposed to do is to take a shower first to wash away any residue of dirt and finish off by relaxing in the bathtub. Wooden balls are provided to give an aromatic scent of nature when they are floating in water.

Kokedama is a special kind of nature decoration. It is a moss ball with arranged plants in the middle. The representation of the ball is supposed to symbolise mother earth by being green and round and the requirement of water for it to stay green. It constantly needs watering as the balls are actually living organisms that would turn brown if neglected
for too long without water. The moss ball can actually be thought of as a small bonsai. Instructions and detailed explanations on how to construct these nature balls can be provided for when asked.

The tea ceremony is deeply rooted in Japanese culture, immigrated from china. In Japan, it symbolises peace and tranquillity. The procedure is too long to fully explain about it here on the website so please do research about.

A type of straw mat used officially in tea ceremony and ikebana for a resting area.

Classes of ikebana can be taken at suirin. Ikebana is a relaxing art of nature where you organize flowers into an arrangement and appreciate nature. It focuses on the natural beauty of things that you are too busy to notice from your busy daily lives. Japanese people have practised this type of art for years. More details can be researched at Wikipedia.

This special type of pillow is used in meditation as a seat. These black Zafu are for sale at suirin so you can buy these cushions for meditation at
home. The black pillows have been in use for making the sitting position more stable for the person who is meditating.

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