Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Girls' Day in Japan

On March 3 I had the delight of attending a Girls' Day celebration with some friends from Japan. All I knew about this day was that it had to do with dolls — but learned that it is a very old tradition among Japanese families.

Starting in February families put up a display of their ornamental dolls, representing the Emperor, Empress, attendants and musicians in traditional dress. The display is stays up through Girl's Day (March 3rd) and then — because of superstition—put it away the very next day.

I had originally planned to post this little celebratory photo of the two girls — with dolls I made for the occasion — just after Girls' Day this year. But when the tragedies in Japan the occurred the following week it just seemed too light-hearted.

Now that I know that these friends and their families are safe, this photo has a taken on new meaning for me. I look at the lovely smiles of these two beautiful girls and feel renewed appreciation for even the smallest things. I am reminded that all is fleeting, that it's ever so important to love your days, and be thoughtful of others.

~ Kata Golda

My new children's books, Stories for Bedtime and Tooth Fairy Keepsake from Chronicle Books, are now available for purchase! Ask for them at your favorite local book store.

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