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heart no.21: “oni out, happiness in!”

February 3, 2011

tomorrow is the official beginning of Spring in Japan, and today the festival of Setsubun. People throw roasted soybeans out the window/door of their home or at someone in an Oni (demon) mask, chanting “Oni out, luck in!”. The kids today have been having lots of fun running about in hame-made masks, screaming, while their friends lash handfuls of beans at them!

these were hanging up around the kindergarten, to keep away the demons. they don’t like the holly because of the prickles, and they don’t like the mirror-y fishes. the lovely encho-sensei explained all this when he saw me taking photos… (i’m pretty sure he thinks i’m mental).

I finally sat down and painted something this evening, for the first time in about four years i think. Its not very good, but I really enjoyed myself. A lovely start to the spring

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heart no.20: left-overs never looked so….crappy

February 3, 2011

this is rubbish so apologies, but i’d rather make something rubbish than nothing at all.

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heart no.19: the loveliest way to start the day…

February 1, 2011

Good morning everyone!

is this making you hungry...?

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heart no.18: finally, a use for all the bloody christmas chocolate!

February 1, 2011

On every surface and in every nook and cranny of my flat, chocolates are lurking… and I don’t even like them!

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heart no.17: eco bubble wrap (i think)

February 1, 2011

Kaldi always gives me a ton of wrapping every time, even though i ask them not too! But i have to say, this waffly protector paper stuff looks pretty…

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heart no.16: loo roll (sorry)

February 1, 2011

So, I was feeling pretty uninspired this evening when a loo roll literally dropped into my hand…

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heart no.15: in the palm of my hand

February 1, 2011

warhammer paint is lovely to paint with… please excuse my yucky old lady bird wrist!

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