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Make it Count


I wish you all a wonderful 2012!

I am doggedly determined to make my mark this year. By hook or by crook I shall carve my name into 2012 and make it one to remember for all the right reasons.


We are not Buddhist but we still have a little host of Shichifukujin (seven lucky gods). Tradition believes that upon New Year's Eve, these seven deities arrive upon a treasure ship laden with gifts for the gods to bestow upon their faithful.

The seven symbolise the essential virtues of man: candour (Ebisu), fortune (Daikokuten), amiability (Benzaiten), magnanimity (Hotei), popularity (Fukurokuju), longevity (Juroujin) and dignity (Bishamonten).

Our Shichifukujin actually stay out all year round. They keep me company while I work at home. I bought them in a shop that Hiro often refers to as "the old ladies shop". I hope to make them a treasure ship one day.



Perhaps the most notable tradition in our household is the penning of the memories of the the year onto a scroll. This is a custom inherited from Hiro's grandfather who has written his own annual "family history" over many many years.



Our scrolls are stored away safely in a lacquer box.

I have said that lacquer-ware decorated in gold was made to be seen in the dark; and for this same reason were the fabrics of the past so lavishly woven of threads of silver and gold Tanizaki Junichiro

13 comments:

  1. I like the essential virtues - happy new year!xx

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  2. despite Scotland's grim weather warnings and todays plans ruined, this post has cheered me up immensely. What a beautiful post, bookmarking this positive post for sure X 

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  3. 2 wonderful traditions. It is always good to have a helping hand where-ever it comes from. A year in a scroll is a lovely idea but for some reason makes me feel nervous. Wonder why. Xxxx

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  4. I have confidence that you will achieve your goals! :)

    The tiny gods are, the cutest ones I've ever seen! That's not something I think I've said before.

    What a lovely family tradition! Does Hiro pen them in Japanese or English?

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  5. How can you fail to make your mark?  There is something very special about you that can be detected just by reading your blog posts, I can only imagine how lovely it must be to know you in real life! Have a wonderful 2012. x

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  6. This WILL be your year!! 

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  7. those little good luck dudes are great, wouldn't mind a couple of them for my desk. sending good vibes

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  8. Yours too my friend. 

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  9. Bless you! This comment really touched me. Thank you so much.

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  10. He pens them in both. I am not allowed anywhere near the scrolls as Hiro thinks I have awful penmanship. 

    Thank you for your lovely words Jian x

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  11. You cannot just have a couple you have to have all 7!! lol

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  12. the shichifukujin looks so cute! would look so cute on my study table..hope to chance upon them around here..lol i love visiting "old ladies shop" as you would never know what treasures you would find..ahh love this tradition of writing down family histories and allow the next generations to never forget all the hardwork that their ancestors have done <3..may 2012 and counting will be great for you and Hiro too!

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  13. 2012 will definitely be one to go into the books of history. Let us all make it count!

    The little Shichifukujin are darling. I hope they bring you much prosperity throughout the upcoming year. <3 Along with the tradition of the scrolls. Such a momentous tradition. :]

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