I love to send letters and notes through the post and in person, and when I use these Kimono Note Cards from Tuttle Publishing, I know that the recipients will really feel special.
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Tuttle Publishing recently sent us a set of their newest Kimono Note Cards; there are six different beautiful designs in the box. The cards are 6.5 x 4.5, which is a great size for a short message or a greeting; the cards are blank inside so you can use them for any occasion.
On the back of each card is information about the print on the front of the card, which I have found quite interesting. I know that patterns have meanings in Japan, but it can be difficult to find out what they mean. I have two kimono but am unsure about the meanings of the patterns, so including that info about each card is fantastic. An example of the Emmon (circular pattern):
Circles are considered lucky as they do not have a starting or a finishing point and represents infinity. In the Japanese language, many words have similar phonetic sounds, the meanings change with the kanji or Chinese characters that are used when writing the word. Along with other meanings “En” can mean circle, fate or the forming of relationships. The positive meanings associated with “En” are considered auspicious.
If you want to be really coordinated, pair up the cards with some Japanese Kimono gift wrap! We have just learned some neat gift wrapping techniques this week, that we will share with you later this year, too.
I had to be quick to take photos of these cards before I started to use them to send to friends around the world. They are great for birthdays, thank yous, congratulations, and general how are you, keeping in touch, and thinking of you messages.
These kimono note cards are perfect for sending to Mom, a friend of mine who came to visit me while I was teaching in Japan, as well as my colleagues there, and current friends here who have a place for Japan in their hearts. And of course, there are many, many people who just love everything Japanese and these would be loved by them as well.
And if you want to know a secret…I had actually written one of these cards out before I took the photos and put it in a ‘safe’ place….and I’ve just now found it so I’m sharing with you before I get that card into the postbox so it can find its way overseas. Do you have a ‘safe place’ in your home?