For the December issue of MCAS Iwakuni's Preview magazine, I put together a fun little article about New Year traditions in Japan. Shogatsu (Japanese New Year) is one of the most important holidays of the year, and there are lots of customs surrounding the holiday. One of my favorites are the kadomatsu bamboo arrangements seen around town this time of year -- the landscape architect in me can't resist a creative mix of plants. Another great tradition, one similar to our Christmas cards, the Japanese send nengajo (New Year postcards) to family, friends, and business acquaintances to arrive before January 1. The traditional New Year meal is osechi, a mix of preserved cuisine prepared in advance to be eaten on the first few days of the new year. Read the entire article on ISSUU, click to page 14 to see the article.
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Last month, I had the pleasure of working with the MCCS Iwakuni marketing team to design and illustrate the feature article and cover for the August issue of the base monthly magazine, the Preview. I teamed up with Linda Cordes of the Iwakuni Foodie to create an article highlighting the most unique places to visit in Japan. There are so many attractions here that can truly only be found in Japan. From bridges made of wisteria vines, to monkeys relaxing in hot springs, to hundreds of different flavors of Kit-Kats (wasabi, anyone?), Japan sure does have a lot to offer! View the entire article on ISSUU.