Following on from yesterdays post, where I mentioned Omikuji. I made this little book with a wish incorporated into the lovely washi cover.
The creamy oatmeal coloured washi I used is quite chunky, with a pronounced texture. According to Japanese cultural traditions, washi is credited with adding friendliness, fragility and charm to life. Paper is not just a utilitarian product in Japan, but something which is valued for its particular aesthetic qualities.
As well as having (the now well known) wabi sabi elements, this washi also has a kind of "shibui" or zen beauty - being simple, subtle, unaffected, rough and yet elegant at the same time, in an unobtrusive way. Therefore it is in harmony with nature and conveys tranquility.
As the previous images showed, omikuji are usually tied to the trunks, branches or twigs of trees, but in this case I have improvised by tying it to a small length of koyori, a type of string made with twisted japanese paper. Looks a little like a paper butterfly on the inside.
For the curious, this little book's wish for you is that the angels may guide your hand as you write.