Close up detail of SAORI weaving on loom.

SAORI: Japanese Traditions

SAORI: Japanese Traditions ‘When you get to explore your own creativity, you tap into your inner spirit, and what makes you unique.’ —Prue Simmons There is something mythological about Prue Simmons—one senses that if you spent enough time in her company you would rise like a phoenix from the ashes of your boring office job. […]

Winter seasonal yoga treat

Winter Seasonal Yoga Retreat at Shizuka Ryokan

Bookings are now closed. There will be a Summer Seasonal Yoga Retreat at Shizuka Ryokan in November 2018.

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. Read more

ryokans

Ryokans: What to expect

A ryokan is a traditional Japanese inn, typically located near onsen, or hot springs. The first ryokan, Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan, was founded in 705 A.D. It is considered the oldest hotel in the world. Today, there are more than 50,000 ryokans in Japan.

Hanami festival. Cherry blossom forecast.

Hanami Festival: Japanese Traditions

The sakura, or cherry blossom, is revered in Japan for its beauty and transience. Hanami is the spring tradition of admiring blossoms—usually cherry, and less frequently, plum. People gather under the blossoms for food, drink and song. Read more

Hinamatsuri dolls

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. Read more

Valentine's Day. Pink coloured kitkat with decorative box. A new addition to Japanese tradition.

Valentine’s Day and White Day: Japanese Traditions

Did you forget to buy your lovely lady some flowers last Valentine’s Day? Shizuka Ryokan forgives you; you were probably just following Japanese tradition.

In Japan men don’t have to worry about shopping for jewellery or flowers in February because Valentine’s Day is celebrated differently there; for the Japanese, Valentine’s is a day when women shower men with chocolates. Read more