I know I have written about selective perception here before, but I had a major case of it just a few days ago at the Kawagoe shrine sale. In 8+ years here in Tokyo I have only see a few handfuls of ami or fish pattern pieces that I wrote about the other day, but somehow everywhere I turned last Wednesday I came across another one. These small inban (Japanese transferware) dishes had an intricate and very finely patterned net, complete with cute fish swimming around.
This lacquer tray had cranes flying by, probably looking for fish to eat.
And I found a few small dishes like this one with beautiful hand painted nets.
Coincidence? Fate? Luck? Or just selective perception?