January 18, 2018

New cycle

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This abstract and minimal shape of the zigzag paper has been with us in Japan for centuries. I treasure that aspect.

January 16, 2018

Tondo


The shimenawa is traditionally used to separate the sacred area from the secular one. It is usually used at Shinto shrines, and on the new year it decorates the entrance of ordinary people's houses. It is a decoration like the wreath in the west, but meant to keep the evil spirits away from home.