We are very blessed to receive gifts from family and friends. Even more blessed to be able to give some gifts, as simple as they may be,
to family and friends and staff of Studio mugen and Seed restaurant.
We are a small company. Most of our staff are part timers, but 16 people in all!!!
We are blessed to have them, and happy that they are healthy.
In Japan, we have a tradition of giving "oseibo," a gift to say "thank you" at the end of year.
I did not grow up exchanging Christmas gifts much, but I like this Japanese tradition of “oseibo” a lot.
Eric, of course, having grown up as a Catholic, loves to , so this year we did something different: we picked funny and sustainable gifts and ranked them!
* These are the gifts of 2010:
* Our cat, Mai, want to observe by the fire place:
* All the dogs are getting excited to receive their gifts:
Eric’s best 3 gifts:
- Pen – from our assistant Kumi
This simple pen was the funniest story maker. Eric was opening this pen while he was talking to his mom in Québec on Skype.
When he opened it he found three batteries so she asked him what are they could be for?
He could not come up with an answer and suddenly said “a vibrator???” and she said “what?" silent... "A pen vibrator???” We all could not stop laughing. Well, we found out that it was a pen with a light, but to us it was a pen that brought us so much laughter. Thanks to Kumi!
- Roast Beef Knit Hat – from Eric’s mom
We haven't eaten meat for 18 years, but Eric’s mom decided that a knit that said, of all things, “Roast Beef,” would bring us more laughter and jokes, and she was right. Aha, ha, ha...
- Double Vintage Army Watches – from Sanae
I saw double rainbows a few days before Christmas, so it occurred to me to give Eric two watches (since he likes watches), but he thought he needed two because one was not enough to keep him from not being late.
* Eric and his best 3 gifts:
Sanae’s best 3 gifts:
- Solar powered plant and bee – from Vladka, friend
- Flying pigs - another gift from Vladka, friend I was telling some people that I am an "ochoushimono," a Japanese word that means someone who gloats maybe a bit too much at the risk of backfiring at her own expense, so when I receive compliments I am like a pig who climbs a tree. The flying pig gifts are (hopefully) a manifestation of my ability to stay a float! What an insightful gift from dear Vladka.
- Mini-flower base – from Eric I love arranging small wild flowers and herbs so Eric made a wonderful choice. Thanks to Eric!
After laughing endlessly and enjoying our holiday meal (Ummm, so good!)
we headed for the couch....zzzzzzzzzz... guess who was snoring???