Thursday, 31 January 2013
Wednesday, 30 January 2013
Flower Cards are like holding Japan in your hands...
January is represented by the ‘Tsuru’ (Crane) and the ‘Matsu’ (Pine). Both are symbols of long life and good luck. The pine tree is known to live for centuries and it never sheds its leaves. No matter how cold the winter, the pine tree stays green and alive.
The red-crowned Cranes are sacred birds in both China and Japan. They are called the ‘bird of happiness’ because their mating dance makes them appear to be jumping for joy as they leap into the air and float back down on outstretched wings. They also are said to mate for life, making them symbols of marital harmony.
An ‘uguisu-jō’ (jō = woman) is a female announcer at Japanese baseball games, or a woman employed to advertise products and sales with a microphone outside retail stores. These women are employed because of their beautiful 'warbling' voices. They are also employed to make public announcements for politicians in the lead-up to elections.