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Cucumber Horses and Eggplant Cows

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Around August 15, there is a holiday called Obon (お盆) in Japan. Obon has roots in Buddhism and other aspects of Japanese culture. We believe that our ancestors are coming back to the world of the living from the world of the dead for several days in August. However, for many Japanese people, including me, it is more like a traditional event than a religious ritual. Although I don’t call myself a Buddhist, I still enjoy doing some of the stuff. Read More

Kikubari (Attentive) DIY Gift Ideas


Recently, I decided to give my husband a small surprise. I wasn’t sure what I should get for him. However, I knew that I wanted to find something small and funny. So, I went to my local thrift shop. There, I found a very cute cat pen stand and a simple black picture frame. Maybe I could make a desk side tray that he can put his mug on while working! On my way back, I got a cork board from an art supply shop to replace the glass of the picture frame, so he won’t have to hear an unpleasant clack when he puts his cup on the glass. The cork would also be nice to put an icy glass on. The sweat of the glass would be absorbed by the cork and wouldn’t make his paper wet. Read More