I went to the Japan Matsuri on Saturday, the weather was thankfully lovely and sunny. It was great to be immersed in the culture again, even for a brief time.
Whilst at the feastival I bought a Daruma doll (see photos) http://darumadollmuseum.blogspot.com/2006/02/papercraft.htmldoll, Daruma dolls are seen as a symbol of perseverance and good luck and are one of the many ways the Japanese make a wish. The doll come with two white eyes, you mark the left pupil when you make a wish and then the right pupil when the wish comes true!
Met some lovely people at The Makery’s coffee and cake morning today.
I can’t wait to get involved with some of their activities:)
I am really excited to have been working with Taki Togashi and the site decoration team for this year’s Japan Matsuri (Festival) http://japanmatsuri.com/ on the 18th September 2010.
I have been helping to make streamers which will be hung in the main market area of Spitalfields. These streamers are usually used in Japan for the Summer festival ‘Tanabata’ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanabata
I am really looking forward to the festival, being immersed in all things Japanese for the day… Heaven!
I was recently interviewed by The Times for their article on self employment and ’portfolio careers’. They used one of my designs to illustrate the piece which was great!