HAPPY BIRTHDAY DANTE!

We decorated the house for Dante's birthday celebration. It coincided with our last evening in Japan which made the it all the more special. Lili Dante, Taeka and I spent the whole afternoon making paper decorations and hanging them up. We also put our Shodo work on the wall - it looked good.

 

Room getting ready. We named the art piece with the flags on the table 'Friendship Garden'. Lili made all the little decorations and the two flags I am posting a picture of it below. 

Room getting ready. We named the art piece with the flags on the table 'Friendship Garden'. Lili made all the little decorations and the two flags I am posting a picture of it below. 

Friendship Garden

Friendship Garden

Amazing Japanese birthday celebration card holder. The wrapper is called 'Happy Paper'. 

Amazing Japanese birthday celebration card holder. The wrapper is called 'Happy Paper'. 

A beautiful fan for all the hot countries we will visit from Naoki and Yoshiko. What a thoughtful gift. 

A beautiful fan for all the hot countries we will visit from Naoki and Yoshiko. What a thoughtful gift. 

Exquisite traditional style wooden bowls from Yuka. We shipped them to Canada right to not damage them during the year. 

Exquisite traditional style wooden bowls from Yuka. We shipped them to Canada right to not damage them during the year. 

Toshi loved the 'Tombi Air' paperplane that Dante built. Tombi is Japanese for the local hawk species (in English it is called 'Black eared kite'). A lot of special care and preparation went into making this gift - including getting Taeka to be a secret agent to get Toshi's seal onto the back rudder. The wings are colored to match the Tombi feathers - Lili found one so we used it for the palette.

Toshi loved the 'Tombi Air' paperplane that Dante built. Tombi is Japanese for the local hawk species (in English it is called 'Black eared kite'). A lot of special care and preparation went into making this gift - including getting Taeka to be a secret agent to get Toshi's seal onto the back rudder. The wings are colored to match the Tombi feathers - Lili found one so we used it for the palette.

And Dante made Taeka a little Yes / No. 

And Dante made Taeka a little Yes / No. 

It was just a lovely party. Toshi, Yuka, Yoshiko and Aito and Taeka holding An. Naoki took the picture.   In front of Dante on the table the cool pencil holder Toshi made for us - if you look closely you can see the three parts representing the family. 

It was just a lovely party. Toshi, Yuka, Yoshiko and Aito and Taeka holding An. Naoki took the picture.   In front of Dante on the table the cool pencil holder Toshi made for us - if you look closely you can see the three parts representing the family. 

Special treat - home made plum sake

Special treat - home made plum sake