Sunday, February 26, 2017

Hina Ornaments - Just in Time

I have long admired Queenie's Hina ornaments and have wanted to start my own collection.  Well, this is the year.  I made three simple ornaments (no way to hang them yet, but that will come).  

The flower and triangle directions were found here and the dragonfly was a little Japanese kit I bought.  Hina Matsuri is next week!  

Trees are already blooming in my area of Japan.  This tree is a block away from where I live.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Japan Skills Olympics

My friend invited me to join her in Shizuoka City to attend the Japan Skills Olympics.  I had never heard of anything like this, so I was happy to say yes!  The venue was a huge exhihibition area in several buildings.  

Participants  compete in various areas, with everyone making the same thing in a set amount of time.  Observers could watch from outside the area.  Each area had officials to watch the making.  I'm not sure why - surely you can't cheat in a competition like this. Afterwards, the finished pieces were judged. I don't know what all of the things are, but I'll try to explain anyway.   Flash photos and talking to competetors was prohibited.

Wood Furniture Making 


Room Painting - finished.  

Glass Construction  - this competition was finished and was being judged when I saw it.

Screens or frames ?  I don't know. 

Tetami Floor - this competition was finished and was being judged when I saw it. 

Women's Suit Making

Fabric Repair - I don't know what the name of this is, but competitors used some chemicals to remove stains and repaint the fabric.

Jewelry Making 

Roof Construction

Stone Carving 


Men's Suit Making  

My Favorite - Kimono Making  

I'm so glad I could attend this amazing event!