September 27th is World Tourism Day! If you are making a bucket list of the places you want to visit at some point in your life and Japan is not on it, it should be!
What do you see when you look up at a full moon?
In Japan, people see a rabbit pounding mochi rice cake with his pestle. The full moon in September, when the air is clear and showing the outline of the moon in crisp detail is considered the most beautiful moon of the year. Tsukimi, meaning “moon viewing” is a Japanese festival honoring the moon and the autumn harvest. It was based on an ancient Chinese folklore about the rabbit which sacrificed himself for the Moon God.
When I ask our customers if they knew Washi paper before they had met our Chigiri-e products, many times they answer “Yes,” and they would mention Washi tape. I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, it feels good that the word Washi has come a long way to achieve name recognition in the U.S. But at the same time I wish it would have been conveyed with more proper appreciation of the real Washi feature.
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