photo from the Peeps photo site
Wednesday June 11, 2014 prompt: the details of celebration
(traditions made by you or others) from Takayama, Japan
(my response tanka at the end in blue)
(Walking into the immense exhibition hall
of intricately carved wooden “floats”
in Takayama the variety and beauty
of human celebration gleamed
amidst glass reflections of amazing detail.
When they are in action,
twice a year the floats
are pulled across the red bridges of Takayama
and through the streets with traditional music
and is a great and beloved spectacle.
Many have large marionettes
as part of their carvings,
one float takes eight puppeteers
to enact the traditional gestures.
There are in all of our personal histories,
detailed traditions that are dear and intricate,
and many that we ourselves create,
more private, personal,
but with the same kind of powerful significance
that grows with repetition,
and becomes more intricate.
When we were in the giant glass exhibition hall
I was reminded of my tradition of saving broken things,
my clear jars filled with colorful wonders,
the collection growing more intricate
(and humorous- it even contains my two small red cameras
that stopped working with their lenses stuck out on our last trip to Japan! )
The clear glass viewing jars
seem opposite and miniature
and yet in tune with
the glorious spectacle before us.
Also the celebration of friends
about to happen tonight,
came happily to my imagination.
During the visit in Hakone,
where we travel today,
some traditional meeting details
will be enacted for sure.
Mariko Kitakuboand I
will one of the days where our “twin dresses”
(costumes of celebration)
we bought together on Catalina Island.
I have the kimono she gave me in my suitcase…
and there are other happy gestures
that are details of our play.
Kris Kondo will also join us,
and I will wear the fantastic earrings
she made as part of my costume.
All the details and objects of association
become like family treasures,
cherished and brought out
especially for the occasions of our meetings.
What detailed traditional objects and ceremonies
have you created yourself,
simple or elaborate,
that have strong associations,
meanings of the heart for you?
Also family traditions
that are unique to place and personal creation?
How do they open in meaning and power in your tanka?)
visiting “the sisters”
peeps and chocolate sublime