Quick post today

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Quick post today.   This little album comes from one of our Chinese students.  They give us presents like this quite a lot.  This one is a book of paper cutouts of signs for Chinese horoscopes.  My sign, the rat, happens to be the one showing.  The cutouts, which are done by hand, are really exquisite and used to decorate windows, particularly at the Chinese New Year.  They are there to bring good luck and health and wealth.

I have added this picture, though, to show the lovely Japanese-style stab binding in yellow against the dark blue of the binding.  The whole thing is delightful, and I can’t imagine sticking them on the window and then throwing them away.  I think the collector’s album is a much better idea.

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