Piano no Mori anime follows the lives of two brilliant elementary school-aged pianists as they develop both a rivalry and friendship and navigate the world of classical piano competitions.
Synovitis can ruin a piano-player's career. Here's how I (mostly) recovered and got back to the keys, with gentle repertoire suggestions that I enjoy playing.
Orange cakes are a family favorite, and I get asked to make this orange cranberry bundt several times a year. It's a winning recipe!
Want to dazzle your friends and family with your incredible talent for using herbs and spices? Here's how!
The Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagles, a subspecies of the Australian mainland's Wedgetails, are threatened by logging and mining.
Traveling alone in Japan provides much more flexibility than a tour group, you get to see what you want to see, for as long as you want!
Pain is hard to deal with, even in the best of times. But during a move? Nigh impossible, right? Wrong. Here's how to make your move easier, even while you deal with chronic pain.
Do you want to play piano like Nodame, but are having trouble finding all the sheet music? Here is a collection of the featured piano music in the anime and live-action drama Nodame Cantabile.
Costochondritis, or chest wall pain, can be painful and can cause mobility problems. These are the exercises that help me manage this condition.
Using apps to help you learn Japanese keeps your motivation up and helps you learn more quickly. Use this list to grab the best Japanese language apps for iPhone and Android.
The best music education bloggers, helping students, performers and teachers succeed and reach their dreams.
Simple house rules makes a game of mahjong faster and more enjoyable, with easy-to-calculate scores. These house rules are great with 3 or 4 players!
An uncluttered computer or mobile device runs faster, and you spend less time searching for and organizing your digital information. Read on to learn how to get control of your digital clutter!
Clutter saps your time, energy and money, leaving you feeling overwhelmed and stressed. Learn how to fight the clutter monster and reclaim your happiness!
Winter is known as the most difficult season to photograph, with snow playing havoc with color and brightness. Follow these tips to get great winter shots!
This rich dark chocolate bundt cake, with flecks of chocolate, smothered in a delicious, strong coffee-Kahlua syrup is a perfect and elegant dessert!
Are you overwhelmed by the choice of digital SLR lenses? Follow this guide to make your choices easy and painless, and avoid costly wrong purchases!
Are you overwhelmed with the choices when upgrading to a digital SLR camera? Read this guide to choosing a DSLR camera body and lenses!
A plastic-free kettle can protect you from BPA leaching into boiling water. An all metal kettle is a stylish addition to any kitchen!
A first patchwork quilt is a daunting project for many quilters - but it doesn't need to be! You can make a beautiful quilt quickly, by crafting your own block layout and quilting in a simple design.
Endometriosis affects 10% or more of women worldwide. Many different medications are used to treat the symptoms and shrink the endometrial lesions, although there are no known cures.
The Leipzig Zoo is a great 1-2 day experience for adults and children alike. With themed exhibits, great viewing areas, restaurants and children's activities, it's a must-see destination in Leipzig. This 'zoo of the future' also plays an extremely important role in protecting many endangered...
McKenzie Method exercises and stretches are a great way to combat lower back pain from bulging/herniated discs and compressed sciatic nerves.
Follow these top 10 tips for both point-and-shoot and DSLR photography to capture fall in all its gorgeous color.
Warm up in the cooler weather with a rum-soaked apple cake. Apples are in season in autumn, and make a beautiful and delicious bundt cake!
Frustrated with always snapping blurry bird photos? Follow these tips to capture beautiful bird pics, even with point and shoot cameras.
Do you want to save money on your vegetable garden seeds next season? Easy! Save your own seeds! Beans are one of the easiest seeds to collect from your own garden for beginner seed-savers.
Margaret River - surrounded by wineries, national parks with soaring native trees, gourmet produce factories and with more than its fair share of gorgeous, deserted and pristine beaches. These are the best picks (and wines) of the region!
Rust loves the high-carbon steel of katana blades, so they need to be cleaned and protected regularly. Here's how to keep your katana and saya in top condition.
Don't want to spend much time, but want a delicious and healthy meal? This orange roast chicken is quick to prepare, cooks without supervision, and looks like it is from a gourmet kitchen!
A consistent and clear late submission policy can improve classroom morale, prevent arguments, and make dealing with the regular piles of marking much less stressful. If your school or co-teachers do not have a late work policy, make your teaching life easier - develop your own.
Endometriosis doesn't go away. In fact, if you ignore this condition, it will continue to grow and can seriously damage multiple organs in the abdominal cavity.
Idiopathic pain is long-term pain with no detectable cause. However, a variety of treatments may reduce this chronic pain to a manageable level.
Grading writing assignments is one of the more time consuming and thankless tasks of teaching. These tips and techniques will help you power through your piles of papers faster!
Teaching old dogs new tricks requires some patience, and an understanding of the difficulties that senior students face. Classes for seniors are also very rewarding - both for the teacher and the students!
Between 10% and 55% of the world's population suffer chronic pain, and many of these people still work and study. Learn how you can manage your pain levels at work and school.
Learn how to manage chronic pain, with tips for your mind and your body. Actively seek to reduce your pain and stress, increase happiness and enjoy life!
Vine ripened tomatoes, vintage parmesan cheese, sauteed vegetables, and fresh, home-grown herbs combine to make a delicious summer pie.
When the pain of costochondritis flares, it can feel like a heart attack. Once cardiac causes have been ruled out, you are often just given a prescription. Here are other healing treatment options.
Working and having a successful career with fibromyalgia is possible! Learn how to save energy, be productive, and stay healthy in the workplace.
Fibromyalgia sufferers are expected by many to be as productive as healthy people, despite dealing with constant pain and mental fogginess. Productivity tips for fibromites.
Do you want to reduce costs or stick to your budget, but still eat healthily? Learn to prepare healthy meals even when grocery prices are rising!
The Leipzig Opera House runs regular house tours, allowing visitors access to the stage, backstage, costume storage and much more. For those who can't visit in person, here is a virtual tour!
A more casual alternative to a traditional frame, a pillow or cushion cover with a 'fabric frame' is a great way to display your completed cross stitch projects!
A hearty and warming soup, with loads of fresh vegetables, herbs and spices. Great all year around, and freezes perfectly for a quick meal!
Want a change from your standard lemon cake? Add a tangy lime glaze and candied lime peel for a stunning dessert cake. Dressed to kill and a flavor to die for!
Worried about a marmalade that refuses to set? Turn it into compote! This delicious orange vanilla compote is wonderful as a dessert, snack or with vanilla yoghurt for breakfast.
This syrup is fantastic on pancakes, as a glaze on cakes, with mineral water for a refreshing summer drink, and even as a hot drink!
Packed with vitamin C, strawberries are a summer treat. Fresh strawberries pair perfectly in muffin form with a crunchy walnut crumble topping - they won't last long!
This toffee apple cake with walnuts is a sweet and flavorful dessert cake - a hit with adults and children alike!
Do you want to stand out from the crowd? Are you bored with natural hair colors? Here's how to get long-lasting results with blue and purple hair colors from Fudge.
Bored of your average salad offerings at barbecues and picnics? Want to avoid unhealthy salad dressings? This tomato salad is naturally fat-free, and super-tasty!
Have only a small area and want a garden? You can grow almost anything in containers or in a small space, with a little planning and care. Follow these steps to plan your perfect little garden!
Follow a trail through music history around Leipzig in Germany. Steeped in classical music, famous composers and musicians, the city is applying for UNESCO World Heritage Listing for their fascinating music sites.
Conversation classes are often unplanned and structure-less, or fall into the trap of patterned role-plays. Learn how to plan realistic and useful conversation lessons for your students.
It is easy to ignore trees or the non-flowery parts of plants when looking for subjects to photograph. These tips will help you capture the best photos of plants and trees, no matter which camera you have!
Written by someone who knows sciatic pain inside and out, this article takes a detailed look at the range of medications available to treat this condition.
Downshifting is a gradual process to find a work-life balance that fits you and your family best. Each person's path will be different - there is no right or wrong. Downshift to find the most healthy, happy and comfortable life for you, preferably before retirement!
Tamozawa Imperial Villa is a beautifully restored mansion, used by the imperial family. As the only surviving Imperial residence from the Meiji villa, it should not be missed when visiting Nikko.
To maintain interest and enthusiasm for learning an instrument, it is important to find inspiration. These three slice-of-life anime follow the budding classical musicians, from elementary school age through to university.
This easy and healthy casserole is made with fresh, nutritious asparagus, white radish, onions, thinly sliced proscuito and low-fat chicken breasts.
Losing weight and becoming fit requires a lot of inner strength, especially when in chronic pain. Often, the people who should be the greatest source of support, sabotage and demotivate.
Teachers use business skills constantly - leadership, communication, marketing, presentation and organization are all necessary to plan and run classes effectively.
By cleaning and framing your finished needlework projects yourself, you ensure they are properly framed and cared for, and save a lot of money on professional framing!
Nikko, a small town in the Tochigi prefecture, is known for its temples and shrines, but also for being surrounded by many stunning waterfalls.
Easy, sweet fruit buns, perfect for breakfast or morning tea, and as hot cross buns. With spice infused milk and your favorite dried fruits, these are worlds better than their factory made cousins!
A cool-weather super-food, kale is packed with vitamins. Enjoy it raw in salads, braised or stir-fried as a side dish, or incorporate it into a fantastic vegetable pie.
Which is best: organic, pastured, free-range, cage-free, or battery eggs? A number of factors contribute to the answer: nutrition, contamination risks, animal welfare, and environmental impact.
Beer, in moderation, is a healthy addition to your diet. But you do need to weigh in the negatives before drinking a bottle every day!
Many ground beef recipes are high in fat and cholesterol. These top three recipes add a pile of healthy vegetables, spices and herbs. Try one of these three, enjoy a healthy meal and save some money - vegetable-laden pasta sauce, chili with the lot or a spicy and fragrant Thai dish.
Limes are packed with vitamin C - important for your immune system, especially in the cold and flu season. But lime juice has also been shown in medical studies to fight more serious illnesses, such as malaria, cholera, golden staph and gastric inflammation.
Lower back pain affects more than 80% of people at some point in their lives. It hurts to sit, walk, and lie in bed. These natural treatments are effective and can be done easily in your own home.
Joint pain, caused by a myriad of health problems, can be debilitating—and relief is hard to achieve. Find a natural joint pain solution that works for you.
Raw eggs are as safe as any other foodstuff, providing that they are handled following hygienic food-safety standards.
Blur the background in photos, and you will make your subjects stand out, focus your viewer's attention and make your photos look more professional. Perfect for portrait or macro photography.
Freelancers more often burnout than employed workers, although all are at risk. Learn how to notice the symptoms, and what you can do to recover and prevent work-induced exhaustion and illness.
Three great apps and websites to track your hikes using iPhones, Android phones, and other smartphones.
Returning and re-learning the piano can be frustrating. These tips will help increase motivation and enjoyment, and prevent burn-out.
Photographing insects and spiders is both a fascinating and scary experience. For many people, it is as much an exercise in overcoming fear as it is in capturing a great photo.
Flower photography has a reputation for being either easy as walking, or exceptionally difficult. However, patience, balance, a good eye for detail, and a willingness to take and process many photos, are the most important ingredients to taking gorgeous flower photos.
Summarizing and paraphrasing are important everyday skills, that make studying and working much easier. These skills can be learned and improved upon with a little practice.
The hobbits approach to food is easy to follow - home-grown, local and organic food, and lots of it! These are a few of my thoughts.
A huge number of frugal ideas, can also help the environment. This is a collection of inexpensive ideas, plus a few expensive ones, to go green and save, both at work and home.
Music visualization can be simple or beautifully complex. See how you can control Magnetosphere, the music visualizer in iTunes, and watch your music dance with multicoloured stars around planets and through nebulae.
A delicious, moist and easy to make fruitcake. Perfect for Christmas or any other time of year!
Trying to save money, my health, and help the environment means simplifying and cleaning up my cleaning supplies.
Kimonos are the traditional dress of Japan. Traditionally hand made from silk, modern kimonos are now often made from easy-care fabrics that are easier, faster and less expensive to manufacture.
There are a number of ways to save money using Twitter. One that is not often considered by smartphone users, is using Twitter instead of writing text messages (SMS).
Research is currently divided; the link between chronic pain and vitamin D is not yet proven. However, chronic pain sufferers who are deficient in vitamin D may benefit from supplements.
To pay attention to sunsets is to pay attention to the moment, noticing how light plays over the scene, how details are hidden in shadow, and how colours create a jewel-toned rainbow across the sky.