Suiseki Display From The Hina Matsuri Festival

Suiseki Matsutake Button
Suiseki Matsutake Button

Suiseki

The art of stone appreciation.  The stones are naturally occurring, shaped by time and nature.  Representing everyday things we should be thankful for, amazing creations of water and wind.

Suiseki can be many things so let your mind appreciate what you may find.

It could be a plant like the Matsutake mushroom above.

Suiseki Sheep and Paradise
Suiseki Sheep and Paradise

A miniature landscape?  Waterfall, mountain or forest?

Your brother’s smiling face or a cat or dog from your childhood?

The cabin your family used to rent or the sunset you would all enjoy from its porch?

A drop of water on a pond, a blizzard of snowflakes, a volcano erupting?

A miracle of nature creating a masterpiece, taking its time, maybe centuries, to bring us peace and and serenity for as long as we care to gaze.

 

Jason the Awesome Doll Interpreter at the 2016 Hina Matsuri Festival

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Jason worked both Saturday and Sunday as a doll interpreter in the doll room at our annual Hina Matsuri Festival.

He actually didn’t finish his homework Saturday night but his mom realized that we really needed his help and allowed him to come back to teach the public about the main doll display Sunday.

He is now our expert on the traditional girl’s Hina Matsuri seven tier doll display.

Next year his mom is going to help us with finding facts about the history of the samurai armor, weapons and protective clothing.

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Hope you can join us next year for our 49th Annual Hina Matsuri Festival celebration.  Dolls, Japanese food, Ikebana, Bonsai, Tea Ceremony, Martial Arts, Japanese music on traditional instruments, dance, and Taiko drumming just to name a bit of the program.

And Jason and I should have some interesting stuff to share with you!

Jason My Co-worker at Hina Matsuri Festival

imageMeet Jason.  We worked the doll room together today at our Hinamatsuri Festival.

Jason is wearing a boy’s kimono.  A gift from his Aunt and Uncle who live in Japan.

The square fabric tucked into his obi and tied with white rope represents a knife.  He promised he didn’t really have a knife, just a piece of cardboard.
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The back of the Kimono was amazing.  This is a formal Kimono, not for casual wear.  Perfect for a special festival!

Jason will be back tomorrow teaching people about the dolls, if he gets his homework done!

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Yummy musubi and bento box lunches available while they last.

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This weekend at the 2016 Hina Matsuri Festival Homemade Manju

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The ladies have been busy cooking for the festival. Homemade manju, spam musubi and chicken  teriyaki bento boxes each day while they last.

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The Festival is open to the public and free of charge.

Some information on dolls displayed:  Kokeshi DollsOtafuku-SanPictures from Past Hina Matsuri Festivals

Also on display are Bonsai (miniature plants and trees) Bonsai at Hina Matsuri Festival and Ikebana (flower arranging) Ikebana at Hina Matsuri Festival

On the stage: Taiko Drums, Martial Arts and variety of music.  Taiko with Toni 2015 Hina Matsuri Festival

Other interesting displays are the Kimonos Wedding Kimono, Gaman Art from Internment Camp The Art of Gaman in Internment Camps, a Display at Hina Matsuri Festival

Hope you can join us!

 

2016 Hina Matsuri Festival at Simpson

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Doll’s Day or Girls’ Day.  In Japan it is held every March 3rd.  At Simpson our Festival is held the first full weekend of every March, this year March 5th and 6th.

The Festival is open to the public and free of charge.

The families in the Japanese community display their amazing dolls, many of which have been in their families for generations.  Past posts on dolls:  Kokeshi DollsOtafuku-SanPictures from Past Hina Matsuri Festivals

Also on display are Bonsai (miniature plants and trees) Bonsai at Hina Matsuri Festival and Ikebana (flower arranging) Ikebana at Hina Matsuri Festival.  Very welcome as we wait for spring to finally replace winter.

The ladies prepare Bento Boxes for lunch each day which are extremely popular and are sold out quickly.

A constant parade of activity on the stage in the gymnasium including Taiko Drums, Martial Arts and variety of music.  Taiko with Toni 2015 Hina Matsuri Festival

Other interesting displays are the Kimonos Wedding Kimono, Gaman Art from Internment Camp The Art of Gaman in Internment Camps, a Display at Hina Matsuri Festival

Hope you can join us!

 

Iron Casting Performance, Ceramics Raku, and Torch Glass Demonstrations, Arvada Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is Mary Lou’s mold after it was cast in iron during the Iron Pour and Performance at the Arvada Center by the Western Cast Iron Art Alliance.

 

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Molds were available for carving on the spot.

This one is Mary Lou’s before the the iron was poured into it and then placed into a cupola or furnace.

imageHere the iron is being poured into the carved molds.

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There was also on display a ceramic firing technique called Raku and a glass demonstration.

Haley and Matt clowning with the Yak & Yeti, a local restaurant serving cuisine of India, Nepal and Tibet (and awesome brewpub).

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“The Enigma”, Favorite Artist from the 2015 Colorado Tattoo Convention

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My favorite artist from the Tattoo Convention was The Enigma.

He has awesome energy, is friendly and fun, and his tattoos and body modifications are truly amazing.  He is one giant jigsaw puzzle!

His vibe is a kind soul.

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The Enigma is not just a canvas for artwork, he is a talented artist, musician, and actor.

He moved to Denver last year and one of his first appearances was reading to the children at our local Mutiny Information Cafe.

You may recall seeing him in 1995 The X-Files Episode “Humbug” where he played The Conundrum.

I also picked up Volume #2 of his comic book series.

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Check him out at http://www.showdevils.com/home.html

Although I went for the Rock’a’billy live music it wasn’t playing while I was there, but I did get to meet The Enigma!

 

Looking for something new to do in Denver?

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My daughter and son-in-law have moved to Colorado.  She is in to tattoos and he loves motorcycles and cars.  I wanted to surprise them with something fun this weekend and look what is happening in Denver!

Okay, they also have live music and they got me on the Rock’a’billy.

 

Japanese Kite Flying Festival

 

 

imageMaster kite maker Mikio Toki is in Denver from Japan  teaching kite making and flying technics.imageFriday there were two sessions teaching kite construction.
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Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Another Talented Artist

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The Cherry Creek Arts Festival here in Denver Colorado is one of my favorite festivals.

This year on July 4th my stepdaughter and I connected with this artist.

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Alex lives in Arizona and we aren’t as close as either of us would like to be.

As a surprise I went back on July 5th and picked out these two sets of earrings.

If we each were buying a pair Alex would have bought the pair that looks like twigs and I would’ve bought the flowers.

This is what we did.  We each keep one earring from each set to wear them together. Then we can think of each other when we are wearing them!

The artist was excited when she heard what we were going to do in to make the earrings even she put the flowers on short wires and the twigs on long wires so they are about the same length when we wear them.

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We will be thinking of each other a lot!

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