Next in my series of Asian cultural highlight and appreciation, "Maneki Neko" Scented with Cherry Blossom Fragrance oil from @pandjtrading and colored with lakes and water soluble dyes from @nurturesoap, and includes a lucky cat figurine in each bath bomb.
This bath bomb was influenced and created with support from my dear colleague Tomofumi and husband Chuck to do my best to honor and celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival in Japan. A beautiful season event that began in the 8th century and took off in the 14th century, families and friends gather to eat underneath the Sakura and enjoy the blossoming of the Cherry trees of Japan. It normally begins in mid-March and lasts throughout the blooming season as it moves from region to region. The Cherry Blossom is fleeting, only blooming and living for a week. It is a rather fitting representation of the Buddhist and Shinto beliefs of Japanese culture that everything is fleeting and nothing is permanent.
I named the bath bomb itself after the famous and iconic Fortune Cat known as Maneki Neko in Japanese, which means “beckoning cat.” The cat has its paw raised as if it’s waving in good fortune for its owners.
I had the pleasure once of enjoying this celebration in Tokyo. The blossoms would fall into the canals and swirl beautifully, a pattern I attempted to reflect in the four different shades of pink. It was both amazing and atrocious for my allergies, but ultimately worth the memory. There's always Claritin, but there's very little that can replace a beautiful memory of an amazing city and a culture that can teach all of us a great deal about appreciation, respect, nature, and tradition.