Entries by CMDefina

Winter Seasonal Yoga Retreat at Shizuka Ryokan

6pm, Friday 13 July – 2pm, Sunday 15 July, 2018 Find resolve and a tranquil inner space this winter.  The Winter Seasonal Yoga Retreat combines the ancient oriental wisdom of seasonal living, yoga practice, macrobiotic cooking and Japanese shiatsu massage. Winter is the time to focus inwards and consolidate the body’s energy. With a focus […]

Hina-matsuri: Japanese Traditions

Hinamatsuri (雛祭), also known as Doll’s day or Girls’ Day, is celebrated on March 3. On this day, platforms—hinadan—are covered with red material and used to display ornamental dolls. The dolls represent the Emperor, Empress, attendants and musicians, in the traditional court dress of the Heian period. Origin Doll’s Day is known as a girls’ […]

The Health Benefits of a Japanese Diet

The Traditional Japanese breakfast served at Shizuka Ryokan exemplifies Japanese cuisine. Grilled salmon, hijiki seaweed, miso, pickled daikon radish, umeboshi plum and furikake seasoning are regular features around here. Not only are these foods delicious, they are beneficial to health. The Japanese Diet Fish Japan consists of 6,852 islands, so it is no surprise that […]

Farmers’ Markets near Shizuka Ryokan

You might be in for a treat—your visit to Shizuka Ryokan might coincide with a local farmers’ market. Farmers’ markets enable personal connections between growers and consumers. By cutting out the middlemen, local growers receive more food dollars and shoppers receive fresh, in season produce which supports the local community. To learn more visit the […]