Friday, May 5, 2017

Five On Friday

I got lazy last week and didn't post, but will try and get this one done in time to join in with Tricky over at the Fast blog.
It's been a quick week, but they all seem that way lately, it's so nice that we have no deadlines or commitments keep up with, we'd be floundering.  Today, after the kitchen is cleaned, I'm heading upstairs to finish a puzzle off and clean my craft room, that's my contribution to health and safety today.

My theme this week is Japanese in nature.  My first photo is a shelf on my desk that I've put a lot of my Japanese treasures on , 2 little scenes our daughter made for me, a Torii, Godzilla postcards, 2 Gudetama--the lazy egg--, and some Japanese mascots.



My second it a small Japanese garden my daughter made for me and a pagoda we bought in Japan to make.






My third has to do with 1,000 origami cranes.  It is an ancient Japanese legend that if you make a 1,000 tiny origami cranes and join them by string you will be granted your wish.  While on a train in Japan we saw an elderly Japanese man making these tiny cranes, he worked so quickly it was amazing to watch.  Mac has done origami and use to show his students how to do it back when he was teaching.  So we bought some origami paper for him to make some cranes with.  I don't think he'll made a 1,000.




My fourth is a jigsaw puzzle, it will be the next one I do after the birds.



And my fifth is a small notebook, I loved stationary stores and Japan has wonderful ones.


That's my Five, do join the other bloggers at Five on Friday.






20 comments:

  1. I read the story of Sadako and the 1000 Cranes - so sad.

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  2. What a fun post. How interesting you mentioned about the 1000 origami cranes. I just read a book and the writer buried her sister at sea and accompanied the burial with 1000 origami cranes strung together that she put on the waves and watched them carried out to sea. Prior to reading that, I had never heard about that tradition (of making the 1000).

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend- xo Diana

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  3. Japan must be a fascinating country to visit. I love your little treasure shelf.

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  4. That is a lovely five ... I enjoyed reading and looking.

    All the best Jan

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  5. Ackkkkk ! so much cuteness !

    cheers, parsnip

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  6. Lovely Japanese items..... Happy Friday!

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  7. My daughter made some coloured cranes, lots of them - not 1000 but we have some hanging in our living room and she has hung some on a branch fixed to the wall. They're beautiful. Is that the Golden Temple in Kyoto on your puzzle?

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  8. I love those strings of 1000 cranes, and wish that I had one.

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  9. Wonderful photos! You have quite the collection.

    Happy Five on Friday

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  10. Poor hubby sounds like he'll have to work his fingers to the bone if he goes for the 1,000. I love to read your stories and see your pictures of Japan. My dear step-father was Japanese born here of immigrant parents. He was a treasure and I love visiting Japan vicariously through your posts. Thanks for sharing all this info.

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  11. Japan sounds a great place to visit. Where are you going to put your 1,000 cranes when you've finished? I think making all the cranes teach you patience. Enjoy.

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  12. I would love to have a go at that jigsaw. I'm just trying to picture a thousand cranes.

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  13. Lots of lovely things. Your knowledge of Japan must have really increased since your daughter moved there.

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  14. I've enjoyed seeing all your Japanese items that mean so much to you and I like your new jigsaw puzzle. I'm sure you'll enjoy working on it whilst Mac makes his origami cranes. We used to have Japanese students to stay whilst they came to study English at the university.I spent time with other families who were living long term in the area and gave English lessons to the children and sometimes the parents. I miss that contact now we've moved away, but have made friends with Japanese families and individuals where we live now. I treasure the little gifts they've given me.

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  15. I liked finding out about the 1000 cranes. It's great that you have the experience of learning about the Japanese culture. -Jenn

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  16. I think your next project should be the pagoda. I want to see a photo when you finish, please.

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  17. Arh those cute cats. Have a good week. Cathy

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  18. The cats on the notebook look hilarious!

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