Omiyage Small gifts from a trip, to give to family and friends at your destination and when you get back home. Omiyage-gifts go beyond the little souvenirs that you can find on any street corner in America. Although I did find some fabulous key rings from a Walgreens in Tucson that I used as tags on several gifts once that were a huge hit.... They should be thoughtful and nicely wrapped. Japanese homes are very small so the best gifts are ones that can be consumed or useful. I remember once giving the most beautiful Honeydew Melon I have ever seen, complete with curled stem and one leaf in a box with tissue strips to the wonderful mother of Yuko. Melons are expensive in Japan and a luxury, so they make a fabulous gift. I bought it in Japan for a thank you, goodbye gift. Hard to find or different chocolates, cookies or some wine from a certain region are always wonderful. Kids are somewhat easier David took a small Nerf suction dart gun back to his nephew and was a huge hit.
Omiyage that David and Yuko brought for me. In front a Totoro pencil bag with color pencils and scarves made from cashmere and silk from the sister of Yuko. Umbeboshi, pickled plums, from a super friend I really miss. Several boxes of my favorite cookies, thin wafer cookies wrapped around a soy rice cracker, from Yuko's Mother. I love and miss my Japanese Family and friends. From David and Yuko several bottles of Sake, fabulous green bottle and the pink box, lots of my favorite spicy miso ramen, spicy crackers, and bottles of spices I can't find in Tucson. And... David always gives me one found object. The little black/white plastic rectangle on the left, is a handle cover from a Japanese Taxi. In Japan the driver automatically opens and closed the door so some taxis have covers made for the door handle.
I always take one suitcase filled with gifts when I go to Japan. I lost the before photo of the suitcase but here is a photo of my bag when I got home. I filled half with paper goods and of course wonderful items from the Ghibli Shop but the rest is over filled with gifts given to me. I repacked this bag about three times.
exciting. . . parsnip music. . . You Make It Easy, Air
This little Koguma-Chan is on a plane heading to Tucson to see her grandmumzilla. Oh and she is bring with her the other two people in her life with her. Saturday it was 80+ in Tucson, the temperature should be a nice 72/40.
Early Monday morning it was 50 but the temperature just kept dropping all day. It was 32 that night. This was 9:20 am, my side yard is covered in hail.
front yard, hail and rain
it was gone by 9:40 but too cold for March in Tucson let alone hail ! curse you jet stream.
phiff... i up onthe chair lookin down and your not sillyplanter that looks like me
wahahahahahaha you in wet coldice stuff i go inside where it warm. chkikin strip waiting for me. yert !
My Monday post about what is going on around my home...
While cleaning out some art boxes in the garage I found some old sketchbooks. I don't always use my sketchbooks, except the one my talented bookmaker daughter made for me. I usually draw on what ever paper is laying around. Many of these books are not filled and several are damaged. Here are a few of my California drawings and one watercolor from England 1992 to 1998
San Malo 1992
San Malo 1992
San Malo 1992
Twin Lakes 1992
Lake Mary 1992
Half Dome 1996
Half Dome 1996
Minnert Lake 1998
Longstock Hampshire 1992
crazy. . . parsnip music. . . California Dreaming, The Mamas & The Papas
Yeee Haw ! Big bright red Mustang, muscle car ! Nice tall person had to have her car fixed, so I told her go big, go bold, go fast and don't look back ! Remember you use to date that race car driver and had a hot Mustang in your 20's ? Go for it and she did. A super fast red rental car. So much fun for me to drive.
Personally I think I look quite Fabulous ! Woof !
ummmmmmmmm, waitwaitwaitwait wait wait wait ! i get small headed stout shortleg kinkedtail planter that looks like me? but watson gets the gogogofast redcar and i getthis planter ???????? miffed miffed i saymiffed miffed miffed ! need chkikin strip now! yert !
wahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha... Mustang Sally Guess you better slow your Mustang down You been running all over town now Oh I guess I have to put your flat feet on the ground Listen ! All you wanna do is ride around Sally ( Ride Sally Ride)
Let there be Cake ! Happy Birthday to a wonderful blog friend who I have been following since I first started to read blogs.
I found Kanani's blog and somehow that lead me to Pats blog (wonderful day) and her blog lead me to Eryl's. Isn't that exciting how that works ! I used their friendly, easy and interesting way they posted as base for my blog. Too bad I can't write as fabulous as they do.
A very Happy Birthday to you Pat ! and The Square Ones say woof !