Shumi (pronounced shoe me) is a Japanese word that means “hobby”, “pastime’”or “interest”. Japanese are renowned for their passion for shumi. These include the traditional shumi like bonsai, ikebana and origami, or outdoor shumi like bird watching, wild flower viewing and hiking, or arts and crafts shumi like pottery, wood working and painting, or contemporary ones like photography, wine appreciation, and train watching. Most Japanese have at least one shumi that they enjoy sharing with their friends.