Last night while the children were sleeping I did some more unpacking. I ran across a few of our Japanese souvenirs, and I started to feel terribly homesick. Crazy, right? It’s Japan. I was supposed to be homesick for America while I was gone! And I was – but really the thing that I missed most was my family. Now, here I am back in America, far away from my family and Japan. Sigh. Well, we’ve been able to keep a little bit of Japan around us in our home, and you can too through the magic of Etsy!
1. Vintage Style Maneki Neko by lunaticpandoraxd 2. Torii Gate Fine Art Photograph by LauraMcKenzieGallery 3. Large Naruko Kokeshi Doll by globaltexture 4. Kawaii Samurai and Geisha Fabric by keijik
Did you know that Etsy has a section for selling vintage things as well as handmade? I wasn’t aware of that, but just look at that lovely Kokeshi doll!
5. Rabbit Calligraphy Woodblock Print by MarkMason 6. Floating Chopsticks Ramen Ring by SouZouCreations 7. Green Glass Fishing Float by lightinawormhole 8. 1 Yen Coin Charm Bracelet by cookiecrumbcrafts
I’m totally stealing that yen bracelet idea. I have a bag full of those one yen coins and they’re light as a feather – it couldn’t be too much trouble to drill through them and I already have the supplies to turn them into jewelry. Also, that ramen ring looks delicious.
I totally understand what you’re going through. We moved back to the US from England a little over a year ago and I’m still homesick for England. I only lived there for 2 years, but it feels like I left a piece of me there. No one understands it and says, but you grew up here and you live closer to your family. It’s just not the feeling I was expecting.