Tag Archives: Japan

Wrap

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sweet kisses

tender nuzzling

taste of wine

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There’s a Happy Christmas right there!

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Photo Challenge: WRAP

Haiku Challenge: KISS and TASTE

‘Phaiku’: combining the two challenges

The Japanese turn wrapping into an art form. They use a Fur0shiki, or wrapping cloth. Here’s how to wrap two wine bottles in a way where they are protected from clanking together and include a carrying handle.

Use a piece of cloth 90cm square – a large scarf or small table cloth and place the bottles diagonally with their bases a fist width apart.

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Then fold the bottom left corner over the bottles and roll to the opposite corner keeping as tight as possible. Making sure that the last corner is underneath the bottles

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Then take hold of each bottle by the neck and fold upwards so that they are standingdsc_0122Tie the top with one right over left move.

Leave a gap and tie a reef knot: right over left, left over right – tighten securely.

Et Voilà! or perhaps in Japanese: ここで (Koko de)

(The translation is according to Google Translate, so goodness knows if it is right!)

The fabric I have used is an African wax printdsc_0117

I’m a bit in love with the bold design and vibrant colours of African prints at the moment. These leaf designs are sure to turn up in some pages of doodles soon.

Happy Wrapping!

Next week’s Photo Prompt is

MUSIC

Looking forward to seeing your WRAP photo – please leave a link in the comments.

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Photo Round-Up: Autumn

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Photos from my trip to Japan last November we were there just as the trees were beginning to change colour

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Jane at Rainbow Junkie ………………………………. montage

Cathy at Nanacathy …………………………………… twitter

💜 Me at Wild Daffodil ………………………………….. turquoise

Melissa at The Aran Artisan ……………………….. wreath

Denis at Haiku Hound ………………………………    leaf

Christina A Look at the Little Things …………..    crackle

Dorris at Dig With Dorris ………………………….  light

Debbie at Curiosity Takes Me ……………………… Canada

Ellie at Wicked Rural Homestead …………………New England

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The  💜 denotes a post that is also joining in with Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge – it’s fun to combine the two.

Have I missed anyone? Please let me know if I have.

Thank you everyone for your gorgeous autumnal entries.

Four fab photo fiends created the 52 Week Photo Challenge, we are:

Next prompt

ZIG-ZAG

Update: Marsha at Just Write has kindly included our Photo Challenge in a list she has of all the Photo Challenges she has found in blogland so pop over to her page if you want to link your posts to other challenges.

Roof

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Three roofs at a temple in Japan.

Photo Challenge Entry in Our Weekly Challenge

Please leave a link to your ROOF photo in the comments

Next week’s Prompt

COURAGE

Photo Challenge Round-up: Street

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Tokyo’s Carnaby Street

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Jane at Rainbow Junkie……. …………… ……Winchester

Cathy at Nanacathy…….. ……. ……….. …….pretty

💜 me at Wild Daffodil……… ……… ……….Japan

💜 Jen at Let the Sewing Begin………………mindfulness

💜 Denis at Haiku Hound…….. ……….. ……Charlie

Christina A Look at the Little Things ……. …play

Dorris at Dig With Dorris …………………….flowers

The 💜 denotes a post that is also joining in with Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge – it’s fun to combine the two.

Please let me know if I have missed anyone

Thank you everyone for your STREETwise entries.

Four fab photo fiends created the 52 Week Photo Challenge, we are:

Next prompt is

RIVER

Street – Japan 3:5

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Last November I went on a Textile Tour of Japan with Arena Travel and fell in love with the country, its people and culture. I started to share my trip with you all and then my computer crashed, for good. It took a while for me to get back to normal.  Life bowls along and somehow Japan got left behind, so here we are again with a post full of wonderful memories. (I have put links to previous posts about Japan at the end).

This photo (taken from the coach) is entered in this week’s  Photo Challenge.

The prompt is ‘STREET‘; the Japanese for street is ‘Dori’ as seen on the signpost.

Ronovan’s haiku prompts this week are: CHANGE and MIND

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do you mind if we 

change direction and go South

to catch the sunshine

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In previous posts about the trip I described the tie-dying workshop and wandering around the town of Arimatsu whilst our pieces were drying. We were all (there were 13 of us on the trip) delighted with them when we returned to pick them up

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and had an opportunity to see fabric being prepared for dying in the tiny shop.DSC_0122

Then we set off to visit to a Shibori museum, where more intricate work was being demonstrated DSC_0136

and was on display

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With plenty of opportunities to shop.

Not that I did, but it was fun to look.

Click on any of the photos to see a larger version.

I hope to post more about Japan soon – I have so enjoyed looking through the photos again. Hope you enjoyed the visit.

Here are links to previous posts about my trip to Japan.

Day Three: 4     Narumi

Day Three: 3     Arimatsu

Day Three: 2     tie dye

Day Three: 1     to Nagoya

Day Two: 9        streets around the temple

Day Two: 8       Asakusa Kannon Temple

Day Two: 7       Boro

Day Two: 6       doors and windows

Day Two: 5       a hare in high heels

Day Two: 4       craft centre

Day Two:3              shopping

Japan Day Two: 2 child ceremonies

Japan Day Two:1  bonsai

First Evening in Japan

Photo Challenge Round-Up:Round

 

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Joining in for a round of photo challenge magic are:

Jane at Rainbow Junkie……. …………… ……reflective

Cathy at Nanacathy…….. ……. ……….. …….spin

💜 me at Wild Daffodil……… ……… ………. . floral

💜 Denis at Haiku Hound…….. ……….. ……orbital

Christina A Look at the Little Things ……. …meow

Dorris at Dig With Dorris ………………….in the garden

 

The 💜 denotes a post that is also joining in with Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge – it’s fun to combine the two.

Please let me know if I have missed anyone

Thank you everyone for your well-rounded entries.

Four fab photo fiends created the 52 Week Photo Challenge, we are:

Next up

ZEST

Join in any time and leave a link to your post in the comments

Work

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beauty created

under pressure and time

by earth and by man

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skills honed from a lifetime’s work

more precious than diamonds and pearls

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Ronovan set us the prompt words of DIAMONDS and PEARLS this week for his haiku challenge.

To marry this challenge with our Photo Prompt of WORK  was a huge challenge and has taken me a while to get there. Go to Cathy’s Post to see more entries and leave a link to your ‘WORK’ photo.

I found it difficult to convey what I wanted to in the 5/7/5 haiku, a few more syllables were needed and so I have written a tanka this week. It does not perfectly fit the ‘rules’ but …

The sentiment is that beauty created by human endeavour and skill is more precious to me than diamonds.

The photo was taken in Mr. Hiroshi Murase’s shop in Arimatsu where we did our tie-dying workshop on my trip to Japan last November. They are preparing the cloth for dying by tying it in intricate patterns.

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Miss E (8) saw me struggling with this challenge and wanted to write a poem using Ron’s prompt words – she wrote:

diamonds and pearls

diamonds and pearls

how lovely they can be

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diamonds and pearls

diamonds and pearls

they form in the sea

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diamonds and pearls

diamonds and pearls

they form under the ground

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diamonds and pearls

diamonds and pearls

all waiting to be found

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this is my poem I hope you like it

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Next Week’s Photo Prompt is

LAYER