Join Alexis and Kit, lifelong friends who now live on opposite coasts, as they explore poetry, music, and sound on a journey through the rhythm of nature expressed by the seasons.
In this very vegetal episode, author John Forti joins Alexis and Kit to discuss his new book “The Heirloom Gardener.” Our co-hosts take a look at the bounty of the late summer vegetable garden, and admire a beautiful visitor to the garden: the dragonfly.
This balmy episode features special guest Elijah Sobel, discussing swimming holes. Alexis and Kit chill out by finding ways to stay cool during record-breaking hot temperatures, focusing on “cooling things” such as iced tea, goldfish, and “uchimizu.” In Hiro's Corner, a refreshing look at the coolness of far-away twinkling lights.
In this mouth-watering episode, Kit and Alexis celebrate the longest day of the year by dining al fresco! Our co-hosts prepare for picnics and barbecues, consider the outdoor activities of berry picking and fishing, and savor cooling foods. In Hiro's Corner, an examination of what we enjoy about shorter nights.
Join Alexis and Kit for a sunny day in the garden in this episode celebrating “the season when the weather becomes fine and everything starts to go well,” or Fine Weather. Birdsong and the delight of growing things await us during the brighter days of this fine season. In Hiro’s Corner, we look at three rare kigo of early summertime.
In this bounteous episode, "Grain Rain," Alexis and Kit are full of anticipation for a season in full bloom, beginning with the branching out from April’s ripeness into May’s freshness. Author Winifred Bird joins our co-host for an interview discussing her new book, “Eating Wild Japan” from Stonebridge Press.
Wintering Insects Awake
March 5 -20. In this invigorating episode, "Wintering Insects Awake,"
Alexis and Kit are swept away by March winds to the mountains and the
seaside as they traverse this season of awakenings. Our co-hosts reflect on
a year of Season by Season, while looking forward to the seasons still to
come. In Hiro's Corner, a trio of fragrant plants are on the menu: ninniku,
nira, and nobiru.
I like the idea of looking at seasons in a new way. I enjoy the variety of readings and voices. The music fits right in! This connects you back to nature. Start with episode 1!
A new perspective
A treasure! This podcast is a great way to learn about new poems and their music selection which accompanied them is lovely! It’s a very organic way to learn about nature and the passage of time. Since listening to this podcast I’ve learned a lot and have started thinking about nature and the seasons in new ways.
Relax and Reconnect with Nature
Take a unique journey into the intricacies of nature and the art it inspires. Alexis and Kit explain the Japanese mini-seasons through carefully curated music and poetry, highlighting the tiny miracles we miss rushing around from day to day. Use this podcast as an audio meditation, taking a break from human anxieties and grounding yourself in the natural world.