A slightly, retouched picture of a shrivelled up Sophora Prostrata. A shrub native to New Zealand and a plant which had recently become one of my favourite, small, decorative plants, due to its delicate branches, growing zigzag. Sadly, it only made it a couple of months in our house. We’d put it in our entranceway or genkan – the traditional, Japanese area of a house where you put off your shoes before entering. It was a beautiful, welcoming sight, I thought, and a great object to keep the shoe cabinet top clutter-free and tidy. Continue reading “memory archive — day 76”
I have to admit, lately I haven’t put enough time aside for my blog. I am determined though to keep on going with my project of collating memories through the act of decluttering.
Today’s objects are three kami fusen, Japanese paper balloons. These balloons are a popular, traditional, children’s toy but, as they come in so many colours and variations, are also used as a decorative item. Continue reading “memory archive – day 73”
I’m having a good decluttering run and keep on finding things that I no longer need. Such as the above swimsuit; fitting to yesterday’s theme: seasons. This swimsuit taught me, once again, a lesson about not buying swimwear online. To find a new one though, I have to wait until the shops remove their rainy season items to make space for mizugi (swimwear).
Summer is upon us, so I thought it was a good time to sell the baby paddling pool that we’ve had in storage for a few years now. The memory of it are my son’s first hospital visit in Japan (when he slipped inside the pool and banged his head on a sharp edge) and realising that our garden isn’t the best place to hang out in a paddling pool as it’s infested by mosquitoes. Besides these, not so glorious, memories, getting rid of the pool made me reflect about seasons in Japan. Continue reading “memory archive — day 70”
On our way back from the House of Light the other day, we were approached by an old man on a local train. I had already noticed him earlier; doing some origami while waiting on the platform. We found out that what he’d been working on were two talking lips which were intended for my son and daughter. From time to time I try some origami myself; the easier ones like a simple flower, star or butterfly. The process requires deep concentration as the moment you do a fold less than 100% accurate, the whole origami shape will be affected by it. A great way to practice focusing.
Only recently my partner and I went to see the NHK Symphony Orchestra,Tokyo playing at the Suntory Hall in Akasaka. We’d been meaning to go to a classical concert for a long time, so I was excited when my partner managed to get hold of some tickets. The orchestra was conducted by the 90-year old (!) Herbert Blomstedt and played two Beethoven Symphonies (No.8 and the beautiful No.7). I very rarely go to classical concerts, however, whenever I do, I enjoy the calming effect those have on me. Continue reading “memory archive – day 66.1”
As I haven’t had time the past few days to write about any recently abandoned objects, I decided to add something new to my site some thoughts on finding peacefulness . It’s about my recent stay at the House of Light, a secluded place, in the midst of Japanese nature. It’s minimalistic architecture to the core – hardly achievable (and desirable) for one’s own home, however, staying in such a thought-through, stripped-back space, confirmed to me once again how an empty space can calm your mind. You can read a bit more about the house and my stay there here.