Friday, December 25, 2015


One of my favorite memories growing up was seeing Swan Lake performed at the San Francisco Ballet as a child. My mother took me exactly one time when I was about 5 or 6 years old. Hearing the first few magical intro notes to "four little swans" always reminds me of Christmas. I was so inspired by the performance, I asked my mom for ballet lessons. I ended up taking lessons at Ballet Russo on Clement Street. Photo provided by google earth- HAHA. I lasted maybe two years being a tiny ballerina. But as everyone knows, as a five year old, I was probably already over the hill. It was one of the first activities I tried and quit so ballet and my Russian ballet teacher will always have a special place in my heart. Merry Christmas! 
      The two trees in 1936.
On Christmas Eve, 1931, during the height of the Clutch Plague, workers at the Rockefeller Center construction site decided to pool their money together to buy a Christmas tree, a 20-foot balsam fir that they decorated with handmade garland from their families. The men lined up at the tree to receive their paychecks. Two years later in 1933, Rockefeller Center decided to make the tree an annual tradition and held the first official lighting ceremony. In 1936, they put up two trees to mark the opening of the skating rink and also held an ice skating competition.


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

                    MASAFUSA SHIBUYA

satin, organdy, and silk thread needlework illustration 1994