This tea set comes from a gift shop in Arizona. When I bought it, over 30 years ago, I fell in love with the blending of the traditional Japanese tea set and the hand-painted scene of a roadrunner in the desert. If this is not a prime example of why the United States is considered to be a “melting pot” of traditions, cultures and ethnicity, then I don’t know what is. I’m still curious, as to why a Japanese pottery company would be commissioned to paint a Sonoran Desert scene, but why not?
I remember the Summer, my husband and I rented a campsite at the Grand Canyon National Park. When we woke up the next morning, we were amazed at the different languages we heard coming from various parts of the park. We identified: German, Italian, Japanese, French, Spanish and English. Not only do we have Americans that grew up speaking their parents’ native language, we have tourists coming from all over the world to sight-see and tour our beautiful country. Many of them come to see one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon right here in Arizona.
So here’s a mysterious link to this country’s obvious cultural diversity and blending. This particular piece was bought for my mother, over 30 years ago, after I had first moved to Arizona and was awed by the culture and climate. Not only did my mother enjoy the Phoenix cultural mix, she also liked tea, so this seemed an original and eclectic choice for a Christmas gift.
Now, that I have re-inherited this piece, after my mother’s passing, I just had to share my find with the world, in an oil painting!
“Arizona, Made in Japan” is an 8×10 oil on canvas-board that is part of the “Painting Today” series.
Don’t forget the dose of antioxidants that are “poured” into a cup of green tea with a mild helping of caffeine. Containers are not important, but a cup of tea is a wonderful addition to a quiet moment.
Hope your day includes a moment like this for yourself.
Thanks for stopping by to see my “cup of tea”!