I made this card for May 06 VSN The challenge was "It's a small world: Celebrating Diversity" She wanted cards that reflected tributes to other cultures. Since I live in Okinawa, Japan, I thought I would make a card in tribute to Okinawa. Many people do not know, but Okinawa was it's own country until taken over by the Japanese. Many of the old generation still speak the original Okinawan dialect. Mainland Japanese and Okinawans are very different and the Okinawans are proud to say so! On my card I used real Okinawan specialty material called Bingata. Many of their kimonos are made of this brightly colored material. They charge by the 10 cm, so it is very costly. I trimmed the smallest amount I could to make this card. LOL! I want you to see the true Okinawa, they love bright colors as a part of their heritage. So no longer think of Japanese in only red, black & white. --I used the Kanji set so that I could share my thoughts on what I have learned from living on Okinawa these almost 2 years now. The Kokeshi dolls are traditional Japanese dolls made for many different occassions.
LOVE: I gave birth to my DD3 during a typhoon here on Okinawa, thus coming full circle. My DH was born here back when his parents were also stationed here in the 60's. Okinawa will always be in our hearts.
Tranquility: Is what I feel when I am sitting on the warm sand at the beach and listen to the calm waves rolling in and feel them lapping at my feet.
Wisdom: You've heard that saying, "God grant me the patience to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference." Well, I'm still trying to figure out how come Americans couldn't get the skinny gene! It really is fun being a full sized American woman in a country of eternally Teen-aged sized people. LOL!
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Sun, May 07, 2006 @ 8:25 AM
Thank you soooo much for this beautiful card! My DH is Japanese (born american), and I love learning about Japan and it's culture. I never knew Okinawa used to be it's own country. Thanks for enlightening me today.
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