365 Days of Earrings

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Yoshi's Magic Fan

After spending time today working on a school project about Japan, these earrings that were a gift from my cousin David's wife Jeanne immediately came to mind. But when I looked at them closely, I wondered why they reminded me of Japan.
As I reached for a book on the shelf where I've been collecting reference materials for this project, I realized the connection.

The colors and designs on these beads match those in Keith Baker's gorgeous picture book, The Magic Fan, the story of a Japanese boy whose inventions save his town.

Lurking somewhere in the recesses of my mind, Baker's illustrations-- of the kite and the bridge that Yoshi builds--are inextricably linked to Japan.   

 My project is about koi, the Japanese pond fish that is represented on the kites that families fly on Children's Day. I think I'll wear these earrings again in March during our school-wide culture study of Japan. They're so Japanese!

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