Adriana in Tokyo with her Daruma Britta Shopper Tote
One of my long time customers, Adriana, buys many of my bags as gifts for family and friends. Most have a Japanese motif. She has her own photo album in my gallery section where you can see many of the bags. This summer she, and her family, spent some time in Japan and she was kind enough to send some photos from their trip.
Her sons, Sharkey (on the left) and Ryo are looking at the Japanese version of Chinese pork dumplings. They were not sure what to think of them: they are smaller, stickier and starchier than the Chinese version, and they had walked 2 hours to find them when they were in Osaka.
Adriana is carrying a Britta Shopper Tote. This is the first photograph I have of someone with this size bag. The pic shows, perfectly, its size, and she said
"I carried in it a guidebook, two cameras, a camcorder, sometimes an iPad, phone, passport bag, hairbrush, bottled water and alarm clock, but, as you can see in the pictures, it does not look overstuffed. It is the perfect size for traveling, in my opinion."
She also said: "No, it's not the Eiffel Tower in the background; it is the Tokyo Tower, about 1/4th taller!!"
"The Daruma doll (達磨, daruma ), also known as a Dharma doll, is a hollow, round, Japanese doll modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism. These dolls, though typically red and depicting a bearded man (Dharma), vary greatly in color and design depending on region and artist. Though considered an omocha, meaning toy, Daruma has a design that is rich in symbolism and is regarded more as a talisman of good luck to the Japanese. Daruma dolls are seen as a symbol of perseverance and good luck, making them a popular gift of encouragement. "