I cooked Sunday lunch yesterday for MIL, Aunt-in-Law and her daughter-in-law, Kinuko who visits every year from Japan this time each year, leaving her British husband over there as his teaching job has limited leave.
If you saw the bead-doll brooch I showed a couple of posts ago it was for Kinuko and she loved it. Here she is wearing her brooch with Sorrel keeping her company..
They all came bearing gifts so I was a very lucky girl, with flowers, wine, perfume and some beautiful presents from Japan, including this batch of antique kimono silk fabric, some of which is 100 years old.
Not only a beautiful present but wrapped in some gorgeous washi paper that you can see in the background.
The best present was this little crocheted fish, again wrapped in washi paper.
It was made by a woman who lost her home and all her belongings in the Tsunami last year and is part of a collective fund raising scheme for the people affected by the disaster. The postcard explains all about the scheme and the reverse is signed by the maker - or so I'm told as it is all in Japanese. I love it because it is bright and cheerful and is full of hope for a better future. It is meant as a washing up aide but this is one fish that won't be going near water.