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Neckties: Unknotting the Unnecessary Custom

The Christian Science Monitor's Bright Green Blog had wonderfully unbuttoned post about Bangladesh's energy-saving necktie ban--and affirmation of untucked shirttails. The more comfortable government employees will be working in offices with air conditioning set no lower than 75 degrees. Japan's...

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Tags: Advertising, Air conditioning, Bangladesh, Fashion, Japan
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Beauty in Plain Terms: Shintoism and Nature

Continuing this week's exploration of nature as metaphor and guide for living, read this passage about Japan and Shintoism's view of the natural:" "Aesthetically the water in the Japanese garden and the garden itself try to represent nature as it is, not to order and impose a visible form on it ...

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Tags: Beauty, Haiku, Japan, Shinto, Zen
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