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Friday, 27 January 2012

Mizuhuki from a Japanese friend

Hello there,

Just a quick post to share what a dear Japanese friend brought for me from Japan... it is a paper crane, yes, it is made of paper!!!  The craft is called MIZUHUKI which is the tradition of making handicrafts out of paper.

The picture does not do enough justice to it  - it is just so delicate and pretty. This friend knows that I make cards so she thought this would be an ideal thing to give me and sure it is. I am fascinated! Japanese art and crafts have held great interest for me ever since I was a little girl and my dad brought home a traditional Japanese doll dressed in a pretty silk kimono. We had it for many, many years and now I wonder where it is. Funny how some childhood memories get sharper with time...

The sad part is that my dear friend is relocating back to Japan! That is the flip side of these expat assignments - you make friends and then when you get close, it is time to say good-bye! The good part is that there is always somebody nice waiting out there. So I am always on the look out. Lol.



Below is the middle of the crane - sorry that the bird is pointing in a different direction. I have rested it on the beautiful box that it was packed in. By the time I loaded the picture on to the blog, the bird mysteriously changed direction. Trust me, it did! Lol.


Thanks for visiting and I would love to hear what you think of this amazing paper craft called Mizuhuki.

Hugs,

Monica

14 comments:

Rose Petal said...

Hello Monica. What a beautiful and very special gift to recieve. Such a lovely friend to send you this. Happy crafting.
With love, Sandra xx

1CardCreator said...

Wow Monica, this is gorgeous! What a beautiful gift, wouldn't it look pretty hanging from an invisible fishing string in front of a window?

Sue said...

Hi Monica,what a lovely gift,I have never seen anything like your crane.Sorry you are to loose your friend to Japan.
Hugs Sue xx

Mihaela said...

Amazing, amazing work!!! What a beautiful gift!!!!!

Helen said...

It is truly amazing that it was made from paper. I thought it was made from thin bamboo strips.

Shakti said...

интересная открытка!поздравляю!

jimlynn said...

AWESOME!! That's just unreal to think that it's made from paper! WOW!
Lynn

Bea said...

how stunning Monica - oh to be so talented as to make something like that - it is so delicate. Perhaps you and your friend will keep in touch and meet up again

Sasha said...

Hi Monica, Your friend is so gifted to make such beautiful paper crafts. I know you will miss her, but with the wonders of the Internet you will be able to keep in touch with regular emails and photo's:)

Viv's Visuals said...

What a beautiful and special gift Monica - am sure your friend will be close in your heart every time you look at this gorgeous creation. x

Merry said...

Hi Monica, I am slowly catching up on my commenting. This is truly amazing, so delicate. You are so lucky to have this.

fatmonica said...

Wow!That's stunning.What a beautiful gift to receive.

Rae said...

Wow! :)

Susan Hogan said...

Monica that crane is stunning. I have heard of Mizu cord and looking at this I can see some of the cord is used there. My friend has given me some cord but I am afraid to use it as it is so "flippy-abouty" and hard to manage although beautiful! Apparently you line up different coloured cord until you have the ones you want and then bend and twist them into the shapes - not sure how you anchor them. It must be a strong glue. Treasure your crane and I love your Bali photo's - fabulous!