Posts tagged: Japan

Origami Bird Book by Akiko just published!

By , March 17, 2010 8:59 pm

I am happy to announce that Akiko has published her first origami book.

It’s called the TinyShiny Origami Bird Book and features Twenty (20) hand-drawn, full-colour origami bird projects, with simple instructions that anyone can follow.

The book shows how to create elegant paper birds in hundreds of colours and patterns, using widely available origami paper. It is available at and Amazon.

About the author
Akiko has been making origami since she was a girl living in Tokyo. She has published many origami projects and articles about Japanese arts and crafts on She is an accomplished jewelry designer, illustrator and origami artist. Her original tiny Origami Earrings designs have inspired many imitations and been sold worldwide. She continues to share the simple pleasure of folding paper into beautiful objects.

Ojizo-sama – Jizo Bosatsu 地蔵 – Japanese Protector Monk

By , February 18, 2009 11:52 pm

Jizo 地蔵 (or as we Japanese call him Ojizo-sama) is the Bodhisattva (Bosatsu).

Jizo Statue in Kamakura, Japan

Jizo Statue in Kamakura, Japan

A Bodhisattva is one who devotes his or her life to freeing others from suffering. Usually the Bodhisattva wears gorgeous jewels, but Jizo is simple and portrayed as a child-monk.

The “Ji” (地) in Jizo means Earth. Jizo is the Japanese name of this Bodhisattva, who was also known in ancient India as Kshitigarbha Bodhisattva, the Earthstore Bodhisattva, guardian of the great earth.

The idea came to China from India and was incorporated into Taoism. The Earthstore Bodhisattva became the saviour for those condemned to Hell (地獄).

Jizo’s mission is to protect us during the time from Gautama Śākyamuni Buddha’s death to the arrival of Maitreya Bodhisattva.

Jizo Sculpture by Little-Akiko

Jizo Sculpture by Little-Akiko

The Earth gives us everything we need from food to treasure. Jizo is also believed to give us health, longevity, wisdom, wealth, a good harvest, easy birth etc…

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