Do You Know Henna Art?

Mehndi is the body art by using henna, which is popular around India.  As Henna can dye only the surface of skin, the reddish color disappears in two weeks.  I knew about Mehndi on a belly dance magazine.  The pictures of it were beautiful.  I liked it.

When I went to Tokyo in May, I had my left hand decorated with henna by Akina Matubara, Japanese professional henna artist.

Her blog   http://ameblo.jp/yes-peroguri/henna

Later, I found an instant henna corn at a store, then I tried.  But there was a strange and rather disturbing smell.  The color was  strange too.  I thought this wasn’t the right one.  I washed off right away but already my hand was dyed. I think it included chemicals.

I also have had my hair dyed with henna since last year.  I can’t use hair color including chemical any more.  My friend became an allergy sufferer by using it.  So I’m scared.

Henna smells nice like hay.  It is easy to use.  Why don’t you try?  But be careful not to use chemical henna.

The picture  of my first mehndi experience

I Attended a Funeral

Because my husband’s mother died last saturday,
I went to Nagano where is far from here.
As I get older, people around me have passed away one by one.
I have needed to face to face with death gradually.
His mother lived a modest and frugal life in a rural area.
She got weaker little by little and died in her sleep without pain.
I think she was happy.

I attended the rite of placing a dead body in a coffin for the first time.
It is considered that the dead people make a long journey to heaven, crossing the river.
So we shrouded her in a white outfit and put goods
such as food, printed paper coins, amulet in her bag to cross the river.
Her favorite or precious things were placed with her.
I feel the final farewell at the crematorium is the hardest time for me.

Deceased family looks very busy after someone’s death.
I asked my father to prepare his own funeral before death.
He said “Don’t worry! I will live more 20 years.”
But He is already over 80 ・・・