|Dessert at Ieta Patisserie after walking around the Mitsuke Buddhist|
Temple. I, of course, had the chocolate cake with the whipped
cream mouse on top (Halloween is very popular here now).
|Akiko-san chose the fig tart and coffee.|
This evening, Akiko-san has invited her friend's to come for dinner. They are a very special couple to her and have been very good friends for a long time.
|Akiko-san making dinner.|
And I love this woman! She serves salad for breakfast!! (something I craved since salad greens seemed not be on my mother-in-law's menu of food at all....) Akiko-san always had excellent Ocha (green tea) and French bread. The last morning there, she offered me a little packaged cup of Greek yogurt with aloe in it. Really luscious.
|Of course, we had to have a picture of everyone. I had my new turquoise|
camera so, Tanaka-san who knows cameras, set it up for a timed photo.
The first try didn't work but it was so hilarious an experiment that
it's better than the one that did work!
|Hanko stamp purse (about 3-1/2" long) made from woven banana|
fibers with indigo dyed kasuri (ikat) sections. The metal disc with the
red braid holds a tiny red stamp pad for the hanko.
|Top one is the first one we tried. Then|
Tanaka-san suggested the bottom one
that has a change in the first kanji.
The bottom one fits my personal character, I think, better than the top one. Of course, when I told my mother-in-law what characters had been decided on, she completely disagreed and started rewriting it....
So on the bottom square, the top right most kanji (Chinese character) means to sit (as in zazen meditation--- I do sit quite a bit) and it's one of the only kanji that has the "Ji-e" sound. (This was the most difficult one to decide on as the previous one above means "kami" or god and has the sounds of "Ji-u," not sound I want.) The bottom right-most kanji "ni" means thoughtful. The next two were the most meaningful to me as an artist as the top left-most kanji mean fabric or cloth (that's me!) with the sound of "fu" and the last one is linen (I brought lots of linen clothing with me on this trip!) with the sound of "a." Since Tanaka-san won't accept money, I'll come up with a textile figure, hopefully a shibori-stitched and indigo-dyed one. (I already gave his wife a hand-dyed silk scarf and some of my hand-printed coasters.)
What a day!