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.

 

Good Food With Good Friends at Domo Restaurant

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Domo Restaurant has been a Denver favorite for authentic Japanese cuisine for decades.

It is also the home of the Aikido Nippon Kan which is the largest Aikido school in the area  Also contained in this vast building and grounds are traditional Japanese gardens and a museum of Japanese antiques and crafts.

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Each meal starts with 7 family style side dishes.

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Nabayaki Ramen is the dish I ordered.  One of my favorites.  Nabayaki is either ramen or udon noodles simmered with meats and other surprises.  The Domo Nabayaki is served with pork, kamabako, egg, tempura shrimp and vegetables.

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Hatsumago sake was my treat.  They also have other sake selections and tea selctions.

 

 

 

 

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!

 

My Almost Antique Bracelet. Thank You Sam!

image This bracelet was hand made for me by my brother when we were both teenagers.

Makes it an almost antique!

It is one of my prized possessions.

The Japanese calligraphy stamped on it is our last name, Matsumoto, which means base of the pine tree.
imageYou can tell from all the scratches that it is in well-worn, appreciated and enjoyed piece of jewelry.

Thanks again Sam.  I think of you every time I wear this.  Love, Paula.

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!

 

Ozoni Traditional Good Luck New Years Soup

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The ladies at church spoiled us with this New Years good luck soup this Sunday.

The soup always reminds me of my dad. He would make it every New Year’s day.  A real tradition at our house.

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Dashi soup stock, vegetables, meat or fish or fish cake and a piece of mochi made at our church in early December.  Mochi can be kept frozen and we all have at least a pound of it in our freezers.  A special treasure since we made it together.

See Making Mochi