Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu! (Happy New Year!)
I’m very into Japanese traditions and culture, and New Year is a special time that the Japanese celebrate in a special way.
These are my mini kadomatsu (the bamboo pieces that hold the ancestral spirits) and the New Year animal, which is the usagi (rabbit). I also have my shimenawa, which is a twisted rope wreath.
We have a great Japanese grocery store but it’s not exactly nearby. I wanted to get over there to buy some kagami mochi this year but didn’t get a chance to. Instead I made this little version and put it on a display stand. It’s made out of craft felt cut in decending circles and stuffed.