For my Mother's Day festivities, some might say I had modest wishes.
In fact, all I really wanted was to go to the Japanese dollar store. I'm so easy.
I was looking for a "lucky cat," or maneki neko, convinced that this is what our home required to foster that "good fortune" vibe we're in need of. Their selection wasn't great, but I did pick up the larger one above, who was soon joined (via small hands) by the tiny lucky cat bead, complete with frosty dessert drink.
I've been reading up on maneki neko, and was surprised to learn that it's a fairly old tradition in Japan. Yay! I thought it was mostly touristy junk (which, don't get me wrong, is fine by me--I was just surprised, is all). It's long been one of my favorite symbols, and as an additional push to the lucky cat forces, I wore my favorite t-shirt yesterday:
Love it, wrinkles and all.
Was that all I got at the Japanese dollar store? Heavens, no! I also picked up such essentials as these Richard Scarry-esque erasers whose clothes come off (tell me, would you have passed these up?):
(I thought not.)
And, prize of prizes! Moomin candy! I could not believe my good fortune (hey, it works!)--Moomin items are terribly hard to come by in the States, but leave it to the Japanese to come through. Totally made my trip worth it, even on Mother's Day:
I've not idea what I'm going to do with them, but they sure do make me happy.
Let's see, what else? Oh, yes! A mug with one of those quintessentially Japanese-English phrases on it, which I felt could only be filled with children's chopsticks in rainbow colors:
And finally, not from the dollar store, but still Japanese in origin, our koi nobori arrived yesterday, and found a place to shine:
Of course, it is supposed to hang outside, and eventually will, but it was just so beautiful that, for now, I hung it in Olivia's schoolroom...
"...Vigorous, feisty, over-coming obstacles," indeed.
Thanks for reading, my friends! I hope you have a beautiful day.