Painted for someone who recently lost a family member. The words read “No one can have more than one life,” from a Japanese poem by Toki Zenmaru (土岐善麿). The flowers on this etegami… Continue reading

Plums from Norway

Following the path of many tourists to Norway, we found ourselves in the Sognfjord area, and stayed overnight a couple nights in Balestrand (aka Balholm). Also in the wake of tourists, we tried… Continue reading

etegami bibliography of how-to blog posts

This post is a brief bibliography of key blog posts on how to do etegami, from Dosankodebbie’s Etegami Notebook. Her blog has been around since 2009, and in that time Debbie has written… Continue reading

DC: Logan Circle and Mt Vernon B&B

Part of an occasional series of DC-inspired etegami. The top etegami is of the Mt Vernon B&B, located near New York Avenue.  I love the pineapple-shaped statues outside, inviting guests in. DC flag… Continue reading

Forest of Stars Kokeshi for J

A happy birthday kokeshi doll etegami for my sister. The characters translate to “forest of stars,” from a Japanese poem. The flower is a desert flower, from a picture my sister took at… Continue reading

Pickled, Pink

Etegami of a bunch of Easter radishes, painted for LW for her birthday (as ever, late again). On the backside of the card I’ve recorded a recipe for ume-pickled radishes, which turn the… Continue reading

The Can Canyon

My dad always called the Grand Canyon the “Can Canyon.” I think it is because at some point as a young kid I called it that. Long after I knew better he still… Continue reading

DC: The International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsworkers

A couple of weeks ago I was walking around Chinatown in DC and wandered past the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsworkers. I was struck by the Soviet-style, workers-of-the-world-unite type of imagery… Continue reading

Bloody Martini Recipe

Saturday night’s menu: Smoked paprika fish I used mahi mahi instead of swordfish, and I would recommend half as much pinenuts, and perhaps a sucosh more smoked paprika. Make sure you get smoked… Continue reading

The Great Outdoors of Mejiro, or, the joy of little pleasures.

A friend in Japan (a photographer you should check out, here) posted a photo of what he titled “目白の大自然!” or, the “Great Outdoors of Mejiro!”  Mejiro is an upscale neighborhood in Tokyo, pretty but… Continue reading