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After the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011, Ayumi Ikushima’s Kyoto tour company lost much of its foreign business.

IN RESPONSE, AYUMI, a specialist in Japanese traditional garden and ikebana, started catering to local visitors. She explains the Japanese spirit, the balance of things, and how the passing of time renews all:

Japan has seen disaster, but if we can always find balance and beauty, we will be renewed with the passing of the seasons.

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Matador is stoked to be presenting this short film as part of a series of new media profiles produced by Humanity.TV, a collaboration between filmmakers Kerrin Sheldon and Gaston Blanchet.

In their words: “Designed for the connected generation, Humanity.TV’s videos offer a brief but intimate look into the lives of fascinating people.”

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eric warren

Eric is a travel writer, photographer and filmaker with an unhealthy love for all things transportation.

  • Rediscover Travel Inc.

    Japan is an amazing place and well worth a visit. The traditions are wonderful.

  • Claire Gillis

    For another insightful film (although quite heavy hitting) watch

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