Obviously we have a lot of Asian stuff. As previously mentioned, our home decor goal was to suggest the delight of adventures abroad without looking like someone hit us in the face with ASIA and flung us into Asian supersaturation.
One way I tried to be mindful of this in Japan was by seeking out ways to join ‘Asian’ and ‘seaside’ together. How can a temple bell comfortably coexist with a seashell collection? That’s where the sand collection comes in, for one thing. And this glass Japanese fishing float. We used to scour the shrine sales and flea markets for these big old floats to sell in Ichiban Collectibles. I think we figured out they’re fairly old, like maybe 50 -100 years old.
At home the ancient salt-crusted knots tie in with our beachy nautical persuasion while looking natural atop a Korean sideboard. So there you have it. The current arrangement was inspired by a mid-summer display in the fish department of my neighborhood supermarket in Yamato. A plastic fish, a net, a glass float, and some sake. It partially worked—I bought the sake…but no fish.
Today, however, I am switching it out for an Obon arrangement, so Captain Goodbaby helped me out by rolling it around.
|Fishing float or baby lure?|