Monday, January 17, 2011

It's Officially 2011: The Usagi Have Arrived!

When a package from Japan arrived this weekend, I was relieved that 2011 could officially begin in my household.
























































































This box contained the carefully wrapped ceramic figures that represent this year's zodiac.












































According to the Chinese Zodiac – called eto in Japanese – this is the Year of the Rabbit. In keeping with Japanese tradition, we ordered the rabbits – usagi in Japanese – to display in our home. (Japanese people are usually on the ball and purchase the characters before the New Year, but I'm only a half Japanese, and a procrastinating one at that.)





















At any rate, our usagi are here and occupying the perch reserved for our yearly eto characters. Welcome, 2011!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

re:"but I'm only half Japanese, and a procrastinating one at that."


Truer words were never spoken. :)

d.f.

shrinecastle said...

I eventually accomplish the majority of my tasks.

Anonymous said...

You had me at "I eventually."

d.f.

shrinecastle said...

You know me too well. I was about to say that this is the year that I overcome my procrastinating ways, but I'm actually procrastinating right now.

Anonymous said...

At least you're consistent. :)

Tani said...

What do you call these? Trying to google images for usagi shrines to put on my phone :) I'm a Usagi so quite excited about Thursday though I never usually celebrate CNY - right now I've got miffy on the front but it's not the same... (Would you mind if I borrowed your pics for my phone?)

shrinecastle said...

Tani, I admit that I don't know the proper name of these dolls. I've always called them eto figurines. You can find them at www.tokiusa.com under "Dolls, decorations, and such."

I don't mind if you borrow my pictures for your phone. Thanks for asking! :)

You're an usagi, so it's your year! Hope it's wonderful.