In Niigata, they have an old tradition I'd never heard of- that children pull these paper lantern sea bream around with a candle (now LED light) inside inviting the God of disease to follow it out to sea (and then drown, of course) keeping the children safe and healthy.
Two young men from Niigata decided to keep this tradition alive and presented workshops in Galveston to teach how to make them as a part of the
Galveston and Niigata sister city initiative.
I loved the taiguruma so much, I decided to paint an etegami to give to them.
Amazingly, it turned out better than I thought it would!
But in the spirit of etegami, it doesn't matter if it's perfect or not
It's all about giving. He was surprised and delighted to receive.
Lynn and Justin now have a taiguruma of their own and it looked quite
beautiful in front of a mirror. We are hoping they will return for the Japan Festival of Houston and do a workshop here in Houston.