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Finally, there is only one month left in this year. In Japan, December is known as 'Shiwasu'―loosely translated as being such a busy time that even a great monk who is never usually busy will be praying on the run. Although the month's Japanese name has a Buddhist connotation, Christmas is a common feature in this season and the festival is widespread across Japan. Pious Christians go to church on Christmas day,but most Japanese enjoy Christmas without the religious implications.With beautiful Christmas lights illuminating the streets,lovers spend many romantic evenings together,and families enjoy fun times and a special dinner at home. Such a scene might seem quite absurd to people from the West.

The above picture is one of Keiju Sakaba's works. It is a wonderful example of karakusa-monyo(an arabesque pattern) worked on in a relaxed manner.Considering that we will probably have many opportunities to eat a special dinner around Christmas time, it makes a very handy serving dish. Karakusa-monyo is often seen in Japanese tableware. The art form came to be widely used during the Heian period and is a pattern that conveys a friendly sentiment; however identifying the plant in the pattern has remained inconclusive. The pattern seems to have originated in Mesopotamia and Egypt, and was introduced to Japan from China along the Silk Road. I think that, over the centuries,the pattern has gradually changed form while crossing various cultures and regions,and then reflects the Japanese idea of beauty. Considering the examles of karakusa-monyo and Christmas, the Japanese culture seems to be one that skillfully adopts the culture, manners, and customs of the foreigners who entered this country.

Keiju Sakaba
Size D15−H3.2  Price 4,200Yen

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