When our Japanese exchange students visited Sebastopol last month, the official delegation brought four gifts to our city. I photographed them this morning to share them here before they go to City Hall for display there.
The Japanese have a special fondness for wrapping things, and each of the gifts came in elegant wooden boxes so special that I thought I should photograph some of them, too.
When I was in Japan in 2004, we visited the town of Arita, famous for its ceramics. I can remember looking at the fine work and marveling at how expensive it all was. I have no way of guessing the value of these gifts, other than to say they are very precious, indeed. Our sister city in Japan, Takeo City, has been most generous!