I was given this lovely simple shimekazari to put on the door, made of straw and rice, to ward off evil spirits and invite the good ones in. Let's hope it works!Today we enjoyed a Japanese osechi meal, all handmade and tasty, in a variety of special dishes, many of them wedding gifts used for the first time. Sometimes making beautiful food can be as fascinating as illustration.And here's a close-up of a little carrot blossom I made...Hope it will be a healthy and happy 2016 for you all!
2014 is here! I wonder what amazing things will unfold...This is a little Japanese New Year card, I especially love the round white bits as they represent omochi, my favourite New Year food. The combination of red and white is very lucky, and a bit of gold is always a nice touch.