This cold weather is reminding me of our last trip to Japan, so I looked up my photos as a reminder.
|the little bundle on Ross's shoulder is our little baby-who was mobbed by friendly Japanese wherever we went|
We stayed a few days in an onsen in the mountains- a traditional Japanese hostel built around natural water hot springs.
We were given warm kimono like wraps to wear for our stay .The food was beautifully delicate and subtle. I remember at least a dozen small courses, always served in our room, on a table covered to the floor in thick blankets. A small heater was placed underneath, for us to kneel near.
With recent tragic events, Japan has been in my thoughts the last few weeks. I look forward to revisiting when our girls are slightly older, and can appreciate its wonders with us.
My last collection had a wintery feel, which, even though it was a Russian theme, was partly influenced by this stay-now I look back on it. Diamonds have an icy crystalline appearance that put me in mind of pure and timeless fairytale settings. There really is something otherworldly about snow and ice. Add a hot spring, and it does indeed seem like an enchanted forest.