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Tokyo is blooming. The streets and rivers are lined with white and pale pink frills of cherry blossoms and people are crowding to breathe in the moment. Cherry trees bloom for about a week. When this time of the year comes, my husband tells me that the cherry blossoms are viewed as a symbol of what life sometimes presents us with: a delicate beauty, a moment of peace, a time of self-satisfaction for work well done, all of which last only long enough to give you a taste of what you have longed or worked for for a long long time… A symbol of a short but beautiful (or shall I say meaningful) life. It seems to be a part of Japanese people’s way of seeing what is around them – everything can be enjoyed only for a short moment as all things in this world flow and change and the etherial feeling of harmony can only last that long. After you have experienced it, you continue your pursuit of beauty and perfection until you find it next at a totally different place and under different circumstances. The saying ‘Nobody is perfect’ does not have an equivalent in the Japanese language (to my limited knowledge anyway) but it is ingrained in the Japanese way of thinking. Nobody is perfect. Nothing is perfect. Nothing lasts forever. This is I believe one of the reasons  for the never-ending pursuit of perfection here. It has found an expression in the traditional crafts; it is still finding expression in the Japanese modern engineering, architecture, landscape planning, agriculture, and last but not the least the tireless search of happiness and fun in their lives.

 

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And one more way to enjoy the cherry blossoms before everything is gone and people begin their search for the next moment of peace and harmony.

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I wish you a warm day.

Maya

 

 

 

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When I walked through the parking lot this morning, I noticed that our car’s front door was not closed well. Meaning that it had been like this for at least 3 days since we last used the car on Sunday. Nothing was missing from inside – all the CDs we keep there were still there and the small change my husband keeps for paying when we park here and there was all there, too. For the n-tieth time I though that such a thing could happen only  here. To add to this, my husband has lost his wallet at least four times since I married him (too times on the street, once at a big train station in Tokyo and once at the airport) but every time the wallet was found with all the cash and cards in it. This is not to say that petty crime does not exist in Japan though. It does. But I have found all the things I’ve lost (or forgotten somewhere) so far without exception, too (a digital dictionary and a big bag of just-made purchases included.) So I am still a believer that Japan is a country where you can almost always find what you have lost. Once, in the train, I witnessed a scene of a mother telling her son who had found a lost item on the seat that they should take the item to the Lost & Found counter because if they did not the person who had lost it might get into trouble…

All other things aside, I am back with one more example of using white kaolin in soap. This time, I used olive pomace oil and added 1 tablespoonful per 500 g of oil to the batter.

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The base color turned beige due to the olive pomace oil and the kaolin did not work as a whitener so if you are going for pure white it is indeed better to use titanium dioxide.

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 Do you see the embeds? I did it! I managed to use enough mica for them to become bright enough and stand out. As the soap cures the base color will become a little lighter but it will remain subdued and will not change the general impression of the design. I am still struggling with micas (I have read all the available info on the web and have heard the advice of soapers who use micas.) But every next soap made with lab colors is a step forward. I am getting used to using them 🙂

I wish you a warm and pleasant day.

Maya

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