Thursday, April 22, 2010

Japan Day (part 2)

Makibano Kids Drummers

Ikebana booth

This is my ikebana (flower arrangement), my instructor was the one arranging the flowers (not me) all I need and want...... the free flowers LOL and I let her do my arrangements

Pottery booth

Kids can make their own pottery from different designs they provide (hello kitty, pokemon, etc)

The old ones, showing off on how to make a pot

Bonseki (Sand Art) Booth, Japanese lady making a Mt Fuji view

Close-up of Sand Art

Sand art on a tray (full view)

Washi dolls

A doll with no face LOL

I like this design, a woman carrying a basket with small apples inside it

Paper plane making

Noh Masks display booth

Oto- Female mask

Aomori Kite Making booth

Different Designs of Kites

Calligraphy booth

Nebuta Lantern Making Booth

Japan Day (Part 2 of 2)

Sorry for this late post, I was so busy lately!!

My favorite booth during Japan Day was the "bonseki" or the sand art. This was the last booth I went to and was able to make my own sand art. I enjoyed making a mountain shape which is the Mt. Fuji using a small feather, sifter and the white sand. They provided me the pink sand and the pattern the cherry blossom which you can see below (that's my sand art piece!! hehehe).

Can you see my finish sand art??? This was taken when we were waiting to dry up the sand

The other booths that I tried were, Ikebana and the lantern making and the rest are for kids to enjoy more.

By the way, here's the exerpt of the definition of "bonseki" from wikipedia:

Bonseki (盆石; lit., tray rocks) is the ancient Japanese art of creating miniature landscapes on black lacquer trays using white sand, pebbles, and small rocks. Small delicate tools are used in Bonseki such as feathers, small flax brooms, sifters, spoons and wood wedges. The trays are either oval or rectangular, measuring about 60 by 35 centimeters in size. Oval trays have a low rim while rectangular ones are flat.
Bonseki scenes often depict mountains, seashores, and gardens. Small stones are used to represent mountains, shore lines or rocky islands that waves break upon. Miniature structures, usually of painted copper, are sometimes added to the work to make houses, temples, bridges, and the like.
Bonseki scenes by design are generally meant to only be temporary. Sometimes, by using special methods, a Bonseki scene can be preserved. This is called either Bonga ("Tray Picture") or Suna-e ("Sand Picture").


HalfCrazy said...

Wow, everything is so colorful and it seems like hands-on talaga yung mga tao.

Really cute Dolls, it would be nice na magkaruon ng ganyang collection!

Haha, you have talent when it comes to sand art! I would love to try it rin!

Missy said...

Half razy- thanks for dropping by, yes it's a great feeling when you accomplished something that you know you're not good at hehehe

bertN said...

I missed Japan, the country...maybe the girls, too. I am just kidding!

Missy said...

BertN- I should have posted some pictures of Japanese girls here hehehe. I will miss Japan once we get back to the states.....and that would be soon....not next year anymore.