day 381 – four old postcards of scenes in japan that evoke a sense of wonder and/or intrigue

1. A pasture near Sapporo. (top left)

2. A sacred bridge in Nikko. (top right)

3. A buddhist temple in Awajishima. (bottom left)

4. A view of the cherry blossoms from the hilltop at Tsuyama Castle. (bottom right)


day 380 – four plastic cases for keeping deciduous teeth

1. This post was inspired by two other tooth-related posts.

2. These cases were found under a shelf after a coffee mishap.

3. I do not have any baby teeth left.

4. Some people are known to have a third set of teeth.

day 379 – four parts of a sheep including the head

1. baa (English)                  2. bêê (French)

3. beee beee (Spanish)      4. meh meh (Japanese)

day 378 – four species that use bioluminescence to attract prey and lure mates

1. Handmade squid made by Sarah Albu

2. Vintage postcard of ladies at the sea observing a mini octopus

3. Plastic squid fishing lures from Daiso

4. Japanese Pacific Flying Squid stamps, probably from the 60s

day 377 – four kinds of seaweed from hokkaido

1. “Kuki Wakame” – seaweed stems  (top left)

– fantastic in salads with ume or ponzu dressing

2. “Tororo Kombu” – pickled, shredded kombu kelp (top right)

– used in soups, on udon or soba noodles, and rice

3. “Gagome Kombu” – brownish, very sticky kelp with fronds like basket mesh (bottom left)

– hailed locally as a super-food, high in anti-oxidants, eaten in soup, on rice

4. “Mekabu Kombu” – the thick, ruffled part near the root of the seaweed plant (bottom right)

– wild grown and hand-harvested, eaten in soup or in salads, on rice or noodles

day 376 – four matchboxes from kyoto

On the steep hill leading up to Kiyomizudera (Pure Water Temple) in Kyoto, there is a cute little shop that sells matchboxes, postcards, and clothing designed by the owner. I can’t get enough of them, and make sure to stop in whenever I’m in Kyoto.

day 375 – four smiling monsters in lieu of a greeting

1. Schmoozy     2. Dependable

3. Absentminded     4. High-strung