Friday, January 13, 2017



today, a sweet teabag girl.  i used acrylic,

collage, charcoal pencil and hand made papers.






every year i talk about oshogatsu feast, the 

japanese new year day celebration.  






my friend hosts friends and family 

and i am the sous chef.  we stand next to each other

for hours and hours chopping, cooking, preparing, 

presenting the dishes for guests.   many of you

may not be familiar or have ever seen the foods

we eat on this auspicious day so i wanted to show you here.

  i have not missed one oshogatsu in my life! whereever i was in the world,

i came home to be with my family.  when i had my own family

and my parents were older, i carried on the tradition.

now my son, carries on, creating a small feast in chicago.  

















do you carry on family traditions?  i would love to hear of them.

thank you for visiting me at my blog today.

i appreciate your visit and any comments.  



today's post is linked, as is every friday with
friends at paint party friday, hosted by eva and kristen. 

18 comments:

  1. Wonderful art, love the Japanese signs in her hair. The food looks fantastic, oh my, now I am hungry! I don't celebrate much these days, it's no fun alone. Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

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    1. Hi Valerie-Jael, The happiest of new years to you! Nice to see you today. Wish you lived closer, I'd have you over!
      ~~ Irene

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  2. Lucky guests who get to partake. Yum! I just had breakfast but wish I could enjoy this feast. :-)

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    1. It is quite something, this Japanese Feast! xo Irene

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  3. Lovely face and what a party food 😝
    Happy PPF ♥

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    1. Happy New Year Sirkikis, thank you for your visit and comments!
      ~~ Irene

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  4. Wow, I would not call that a "small" feast. It is amazing! Such work but what a beautiful table. Your portrait is beautifully delicate. Happy PPF

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  5. Wow! Feast is right and so beautiful!

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    1. Have you ever been to a Japanese New Year feast, Jacki?

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  6. Love your teabag-lady ... And that's quite some food! It's nice if you can keep traditions like this going on through the generations.

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  7. love your tea bag portrait, and oh my-what a delicious looking feast!! So elegant too. How nice to have such a special tradition. Happy PPF!

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  8. Your 'tea bag' girl is cute and divine ~ lovely creation and what a wonderful tradition and you are now sharing with your son ~ such a feast ~ beautiful ~ thanks for sharing ~

    Our big traditions are Thanksgiving and Xmas ~ lots of family, friends and delicious food ~

    Wishing you a Happy Weekend ~ ^_^

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  9. That smorgasbord of Japanese foods makes me VERY hungry. I learned how to make sushi and a Japanese soup when we had a Japanese exchange teacher staying with us, but I know that's just a drop in the bucket. Happy New Year!

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  10. What a feast. :) Love the portrait!

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  11. Irene this feast is truly a work of stunning art! Seeing each dish and knowing the work that went into this table just delights me! So glad you recorded it! This post truly prove how art transcends throughout all aspects of our life!! My friend is a suppressed artist but she always sets an amazing table with wonderful center pieces. She decorates cookies and cakes with such a beautiful flair. Creativity demands to be presented, this is proof of it! This table is an honour to many creative souls! Stunning, the food looks delicious. I have Christmas traditions regarding old recipes. My daughter and son in law have one with his family where all ten children and their spouses show up for their parents anniversary dinner! It's pretty special since I know families that can't seem to get three children to attend a special function at one time! Thanks for sharing this beautiful table and your gorgeous art too! Happy Japanese New Year! Blessings to you and yours!

    Hugs Giggles

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  12. Well your art in paintings are beautiful but your culinary art is as attractive. Every dish looks so good. A wonderful tradition and so nice that your son carries it on. Have a very nice Sunday.

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  13. Hi Irene! I adore that lovely piece of art you did for Paint Party Friday...It is gorgeous!!!
    I have am a newbie for this coming Friday and I am truly looking forward to it!
    Your feast looks scrumptious and now I'm hungry :)

    Hope to see you Friday~

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