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.

ami fish net inban

This lacquer tray had cranes flying by, probably looking for fish to eat.

lacquer cranes fish net ami

And I found a few small dishes like this one with beautiful hand painted nets.

small fish net ami dish

Coincidence? Fate? Luck? Or just selective perception?

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