When my man went off to Miami for a conference, he brought me back this great book -
"A Year in Japan" by Kate T. Williamson. It's a journal of Willamson's year in Japan, accompanied by beautiful watercolour sketches. Japanophile that I am, I can't believe that I had never heard of this book - I absolutely love it! Not only are the drawings lovely, but she shares so many wonderful and quirky observations about Japan. She really reminded me of things I admire about Japanese culture, their attention to detail, and how the little things count. She talks about how there are shops devoted to beautiful patterned washcloths. I like the idea that something as simple as a washcloth can bring joy and beauty into your everyday life.