The Japanese shop girl had no faith in me at all. That makes my paper pastry triumph all the more sweet.
You know by now that I love things made of paper. I have constructed paper houses. I made a paper clock for my office. To me, paper is as wonderful as fabric. It holds the same limitless possibility for color and texture, just in a difference medium.
I have a few Japanese paper scenes that I love. So when I was scouting for treasures at the Japanese department store, Shirokiya, in Honolulu last year, I had high hopes of finding something neat made of paper. And I did!
My heart stopped when I saw a packet of essentially origami pastries. Can you stand it? I had to have them. The packet contained a stack of printed papers and instructions in Japanese.
There were 3 sets ($5 each) - two of the themes were dessert and one was sushi. I was really happy as a swooshed up to the register. When I asked the sales girl what she knew about these projects she was was very discouraging. She said they were hard and that I would be okay if I already practiced origami or if knew how to read Japanese- blah, blah, blah.
Well I won't say that it was easy or that I avoided tape in the final steps, but the paper pastries I have made are above and I couldn't be happier. A cup of green tea, anyone?