Sunflower Mâché — Photo Art

I saw this sunflower papier-mâché prop in the window walking in Osaka, Japan one day. I loved its originality and the black-and-white newspapers with  politicians' photos in the center. I almost walked on by, but I'm glad I didn't. Sometimes it's the little things that turn out to be unexpectedly beautiful.   This photograph … Continue reading Sunflower Mâché — Photo Art

Mono no aware, Japanese Flowers and Living in Accord With Nature

“If I were asked to explain the Japanese spirit, I would say it is wild cherry blossoms glowing in the morning sun!”  — Motoori Norinaga (1730-1801), nativist thinker and poet One of the biggest reasons I love Japan is its cultural connection to nature. From its animistic roots in Shintoism, which came from Siberian shamans … Continue reading Mono no aware, Japanese Flowers and Living in Accord With Nature