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One of life’s certainties is that there is often more to something than just what meets our eyes.

Mask from Japan. T-shirt from Uniqlo Japan. Linen trousers were handmade. Flip flops from Havainas.

For example, this handmade papier-mâché fox mask. Though it is striking as an object in its own right, awakens thoughts from Japanese folklore where the Kitsune are often represented as tricksters, shape shifters and intellectual creatures capable of great wisdom and magic abilities. According to Shinto belief, Kitsune play an important role in serving Inari, the god of rice, fertility, agriculture, tea and sake. This is why kitsune statues are often found close to shrines.

The T-shirt features a traditional Japanese pattern known as chidori which features many tiny plover and translates loosely as 1000 birds. Chidori was believed to be an auspicious symbol for the warrior caste of Japan. Today the Chidori are regarded as an emblem for perseverance and the conquering of obstacles.

There are stories behind patterns of everyday things. We like to think of these as subtle forms of encouragemnt and reminders of our heritage from past generations.