Saturday, February 2, 2013
EBW February challenge: Japan
Progress is necessary for a country to move on and improve, but tradition is indispensable. Traditions give roots to people so they can always have their feet firmly on the ground and start again whenever they fall down. Having experienced many differences moving from one place to another, all in the north of Italy -so very different from the south in a million ways- I know for sure that whenever I'm feeling down, or just don't know how to behave, traditions from my family and my town are what really cheer me up and make me feel confident again. Can be a conforting recipe from my grandma; a saying in my town slang, full of wisdom; a festivity we try to celebrate even though it is not known where we live now. Japan is a country which has endured a lot of tough situations, and I think it owes that to its people strong faith in tradition. Bombs, earthquakes, tsunami, just to name some. Everytime they fall, they always stand up again, more fierce and determined than before. Fall down seven times, stand up eight. My piece for this challenge wants to celebrate some typical, traditional Japanese symbols. Daruma doll, symbolizing the ability of recovering from troubles and stand up again.this bracelet. I really made something out of my comfort zone and love the result. Can't wait to see all of them all together in the mosaic!