Tuesday, January 25, 2011

New to the Shop!

These pieces were inspired by Lunar New Year, on February 3rd!
I must admit Lunar New Year is my all-time favorite holiday, full of delicious food and family.

Daruma Moon Bun

The Daruma doll is a Japanese doll modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism.

The traditional Daruma doll is rich in symbolism and is regarded as a talisman of good luck to the Japanese. Daruma dolls are seen as a symbol of perseverance and good luck, making them a popular gift of encouragement.

Kagami Mochi

A New Year's custom in Japan is creating rice cakes, or mochi, which is boiled sticky rice, mashed to form a white dumpling.

Mochi is made into a New Year's decoration called kagami mochi. This is made by placing two round mochi cakes on top of one another and topping with a bitter orange, daidai. The name daidai is supposed to be auspicious since it means "several generations."


More designs tomorrow, if we're lucky ;)

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