The Gifted Blog

March 8, 2010

Japan, Here We Come

Exciting news: we're going to Japan! We'll spend time in bustling Toyko, culture-rich Kyoto and end by relaxing in the hot springs of Hakone.

We'll be traveling with family. Though there's not some kind of gift wrapping enthusiasts' tour I can sign up for, I am excited to go and absorb all I can about Japanese gift wrapping culture.

I'm pretty certain that furoshiki shopping, and flea market rummaging will be on my personal itinerary.

I anticipate that simply being observant will teach me something about gift presentation in Japanese culture. Unwrapping this green tea chocolate from my husband's groupmate was a small lesson in color, pattern, and texture!

I hope to find some cool furoshiki (Japanese wrapping cloths) on our trip. Does anyone local want me to pick one up for them? I'll be eyeing ones in the $12-15 range.


  1. How awesome is that? Do you speak Japanese?

    I'm planning to write about my recent obsession with Japanese cooking and sewing this week, so it was funny to see your post this morning, while I'm still remembering my shopping trip to Mitsuwa on Saturday.

    I absolutely LOVE how the Japanese put so much thought into the beauty of everyday things - the elegant simplicity of their designs. But I'll save the gushes for the blog post I'm writing in my head! (I'm jealous about your upcoming trip?)

  2. Jealous! (Of the trip, AND the green tea chocolate!) Can you also post pics of the food? :)

  3. Just stumbled across your blog -- very nice! I recently started a fabric gift wrap company called Wrapagain and have always enjoyed furoshiki.

    Thanks for your blog!

  4. Hi all - thanks for your comments!

    Luci - I don't speak Japanese. I've taken classes at various points of my life, but - as they say - if you don't use it, you lose it! (I was also not a very natural language learner to begin with...)

    I'll be curious to read your upcoming posts. I looked at The Pioneer Woman Cooks recently and it was about sushi! I was quite surprised.

    Jessica - Ha ha, that is probably outside the scope of The Gifted Blog, but I'm sure a food pic or two is going to make it in. : )

    Susan - Thanks for saying hello! It is great that you are putting your own, reusable twist on gift wrapping. I'd love to hear your thoughts as you read about the projects here. You have obviously been thinking a lot about how best to wrap presents!

  5. Charissa,
    I'm so thrilled to have found you! I have begun peeking around your archives and am in sensory heaven. So many beautiful things.

    Wow. Japan sounds amazing. Can't wait to hear and see more!

  6. i love this post and how you conveyed texture, taste, color, and packaging through the photos. i loved my visit to japan. so exciting!


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