A few years ago, when I was living in Seattle, I frequented a Japanese import store and purchased these small but lovely decorations. I assumed the 2 round objects represented wreaths, but the other taller item, I had no idea. I suspected it had something to do with the winter holidays.
But Rudy, my Chinese friend in Japan, enlightened me! The bamboo rods are often combined with foliage from pine trees, for in ancient times, the Japanese believed that god dwelled in evergreens, see below.
Above is my kadomatsu and below are my two wreaths with it.
Somerset Maugham said that bridge is “the most entertaining game that the art of man has ever devised.” Wow.
Today, contract bridge, said to be an offspring of whist, is considered to be an intellectual pastime played by the masses.
I feel solid in my mahjongg game, so I’m moving on to bridge! Wish me luck! My mother and her friends tried to teach me to play during the summer of 1988 and I remember loving it, but also that it was very, very complicated. I haven’t played since.