May 14, 2011

#7 - Maneki-neko

Maneki-neko is a common Japanese sculpture, often made of ceramic , which is believed to bring good luck to the owner.

In the design of the sculptures, a raised left paw supposedly attracts people, while a raised right paw attracts money.

Maneki-neko come in different colors, styles, and degrees of ornateness.

The statue is often found in restaurants and shops and displayed as a charm to attract customers.

Now you know how greedy the cat below is!
It raises both paws!!!

#6 - Furoshiki

Furoshiki is a wrapping cloth, often with decorative designs.

You can wrap anything from boxes to bottles!!!
When not in use, furoshiki can be folded compactly and put away.

This is how to wrap various things including WATERMELONS!!!

May 12, 2011

#3 - Snowmen

In North America and Europe, they make their snowmen using three snow balls.
However, in Japan, snowmen are made using only TWO spheres.

One for the head and one for the body.
Maybe Japanese people have SHORTER LOWER bodies?

#2 - Sukiyaki & RAW Eggs

Sukiyaki is a Japanese dish.
It consists of meat (usually thinly sliced beef) which is slowly cooked or simmered at the table, alongside vegetables and other ingredients, in a shallow iron pot in a mixture of soy sauce, sugar, and sake.

Before being eaten, the ingredients are usually dipped in a small bowl of RAW, beaten eggs.
Sounds delicious to me!

May 11, 2011

#1 - Mini Police Car

Look at this cute patrol car like a MINIATURE car! We don't need to take evasive actions from police pursuit??????