Tuesday, October 12, 2010
When I left this summer, I bought twelve , $3.00 glass angels as a small momento for the ladies in my doll making classes.
" For you", the salesclerk asked ...No I replied " presento".
I continued to look around, while she finished my order. Within 10 minutes , the little clerk shuffled up to me with a shopping bag... Oh MY GOODNESS... I was so pleased , yet embarrassed.
Each angel had been placed into a tiny box, wrapped in pink floral paper, tied with a bow and sealed with a golden sticker. Now that's service with a smile !!!
Yesterday I was rustling through my papers in efforts to find just the right background for a couple of geisha images....Well...I found it in decorative paper bags that I had bought in Miyajima.
The sepia bags depicted images of Japanese life, so they fit perfectly into the ATC Geisha theme. I quess the lesson here is to .... Never underestimate, ZaaArt of keeping and collecting papers. My two ATC's " Little Sparrow" and "Blossom Geisha" settled nicely into the paperbag scene and proudly wear the tags of being recycled works of art.
Posted by Zaa at 12:41 AM
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Today in New Brunswick,the winds of autumn, flurry the leaves past my windows... I have never seen the foliage fall so quicky. While the colors of a Canadian fall can expand the heart with joy, so does the autumn in Japan fill the heart with inner calm and repose. I am missing Japan this season.... Wishing I could walk once more in the Imperial Palace grounds, picking up the tiny maple leaves to press between the pages of my books. I love creating pictures with pressed flowers and leaves... It's a hobby from my childhood.
I had not realized the difference in the size and shades of the maple leaves ... Our Canadian maples are so vibrantly robust and large ... some bigger than the palm of my hand. The Japanese maple leaves are tiny and frail, mostly crimson in color... They are like tiny fairies fluttering and dancing through the air, into my heart.
Next month I will return to Japan. I look forward to nestling down with the leaves pressed so snuggly amongst the pages ... recalling the fond memories of walking through the palace courtyards in Kyoto.
Posted by Zaa at 8:45 PM
Friday, October 8, 2010
WHAT !!!! No Japanese Holidays and Celebrations... I'm in shock... I wondered if I had done something wrong by being away so long.. Oh...Oh !!!!
Actually the only events happening in Japan in the month of October are "Sports days", and the next real big festivity is New Years... I pondered the lull in the active calendar of festivals and figured maybe it was time out for the busy, ambitious Japanese... Certainly, I'm missing the special days and cultural antics. Aren't You ? I mean how can there be no festivals, holidays or picnics in their Fall schedule. OK.. I understand and I'll be back shortly to report to you , my friends... Thanks for hanging in there !!!!
Posted by Zaa at 9:06 PM