You can find Asagao, the Japanese morning glory, in almost all colors, but it is usually blue, purple, or pink. So today I would like to make a simple blue Asagao tsumami zaiku flower with white stripes.
You’ll be learning new techniques this time! The first is making a corn-shaped base, and the next is turning petals inside out. They may be a little bit hard at first, but don’t worry! You can do it!
You will need:
five 1.5 (3.8 cm) inch blue cloth squares
five 1 (2.5 cm) inch white cloth squares
one 1 (2.5 cm) inch round thick paper disc
one 1.5 (3.8 cm) inch white cloth square
decorations for the center (see my examples!)
wet towel to clean your finger
How to make:
1.Make a base.
a. Slit the paper disc halfway and glue about ¼ of it.
b. Put some glue on the convex side and put 1.5 inch white cloth on.
c. Cut off the excess cloth and glue the cloth inside (concave side).
Japan now uses the 12 month Gregorian calendar like the West, but that doesn’t mean our older, more traditional calendars aren’t still extremely important. We inherited the Chinese lunar calendar long ago, and the date of certain special events are still determined by the monthly phases of the moon.
But because the moon’s phases average only about 29 days, we used another Chinese calendar to keep track of the seasons. In Japan, we call it the “Nijushi sekki.” It’s based on the solar cycles, and under it, the first day of spring is called “Risshun.”
Risshun falls on February 3rd this year. Hearing “Risshun” makes Japanese feel like “spring is coming” even though it’s still very cold outside. Around this time, the “ume,” or the Japanese plum flower, also starts blooming. Like I mentioned in another post, ume flowers herald the arrival of spring. (The post about Japanese plum “Ume” is here.)