Like most homes in Japan, ours has an umbrella stand in the foyer, or genkan.
I brought it inside one day to to examine the exquisite detail in a better light. Wondering what hand might have framed the delicate symmetry of this delightful creature, I turned it round in hopes that the artist had graced us with some signature marking when lo and behold an inscription revealed itself.
With growing anticipation I moved in for closer inspection and read these words....
MANY!!! I wonder, could it be the same Many we have heard so much about in recent years whose prolific works have been single handedly fueling the economies of China and other emerging economies. Oh what a Many splendored thing this is.