Baby Samurai and Ninja Bear
Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge #20

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I redo the following 4-cookie set.  I use the same cookie cutters but I designed differently.

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The reason why I wanted to redo is because  this set does not look like mine even if I like them and I wanted to make them more like MY cookies.

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I made them to remind us a bit of Japanese.  Japanese babies do not wear onesie like this and their baby carriage is not like this either, though if a baby wears onesie like Kimono, that will be cute and natural-wood-smell carriage must be comforting.  (Fluffy cushions are needed inside the carriage, I guess.)

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These are Ninja bear, Katana (sword) and ninja stars (throwing stars). The thing this ninja wears on head is called Hachigane.  Black part is made from iron to protect from fatal injury by opponents. I put a Chinese character 熊 which is “bear”. Now Ninja bear is disappearing with the smog coming out. 

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Finally this is Kazariuma (beautifully decorated horse). In some places, this Kazariuma carries a bride to groom, carries first load of the year and we may see them for shrine rituals and celebration. Black horse is used also but as generally white and red are for celebration, white horses are used more. I decorated blue flower on; this is the symbol flower of my prefecture, ume, Japanese apricot blossom. 

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I knew this was your work right away. I love the story behind your cookies. Your detail work is really good and you can literally see improvement with each set you create.  And I can't believe you made such a thin sword cookie that is perfect in shape and not broken.

Sweet Prodigy posted:

I knew this was your work right away. I love the story behind your cookies. Your detail work is really good and you can literally see improvement with each set you create.  And I can't believe you made such a thin sword cookie that is perfect in shape and not broken.

I am very glad I did not break the sword cookie (and thank you, now I know I misspelled the word)  while I attacking the sword,  I handled it as the most precious thing in the world.  I really did not want to redo the redo.  

carouselselsel posted:

Wonderful set, Ryoko! I love every single cookie! As you said these are so you. So creative and a great cultural story, as Julia said. 

I had a lot of fun redoing the set, samurai, ninja and imagining I was in the baby carriage!  Funny.  

Ryoko you are definitely a great contributor to cookie connection site you're right your first set of cookies although lovely they do not represent your fun-loving and your Carefree imaginary personality I know I've told you this before but I love your stories I love hearing your reason for making a particular cookie and what it meant to you and I love that you explain your culture to us you have encouraged me to look up Japan and its culture thank you very much it's so interesting an exotic to me as a western anyways maybe we should get back to the main subject your practice baked perfect challenge a magnificent makeover and it's obviously all you sorry for rambling on but I think you know I also love to tell stories

Ryoko ~Cookie Ave. posted:
Sweet Prodigy posted:

I knew this was your work right away. I love the story behind your cookies. Your detail work is really good and you can literally see improvement with each set you create.  And I can't believe you made such a thin sword cookie that is perfect in shape and not broken.

I am very glad I did not break the sword cookie (and thank you, now I know I misspelled the word)  while I attacking the sword,  I handled it as the most precious thing in the world.  I really did not want to redo the redo.  

LOL! 

Anne Marie Adams posted:

Ryoko you are definitely a great contributor to cookie connection site you're right your first set of cookies although lovely they do not represent your fun-loving and your Carefree imaginary personality I know I've told you this before but I love your stories I love hearing your reason for making a particular cookie and what it meant to you and I love that you explain your culture to us you have encouraged me to look up Japan and its culture thank you very much it's so interesting an exotic to me as a western anyways maybe we should get back to the main subject your practice baked perfect challenge a magnificent makeover and it's obviously all you sorry for rambling on but I think you know I also love to tell stories

Thank you, Anne Marie for your lovely comment, I really appreciate it. 

What I really love about this set is how you really made it your own, in your own style.  So many of us, when we start decorating, make cookies in the style of other cookie artists that we admire and learn from, and with time, we develop our own styles.  Your own beautiful style really shines through here.  Wonderful!

Bakerloo Station posted:

What I really love about this set is how you really made it your own, in your own style.  So many of us, when we start decorating, make cookies in the style of other cookie artists that we admire and learn from, and with time, we develop our own styles.  Your own beautiful style really shines through here.  Wonderful!

Oh so this is my style!  This sounds strange but I did not even notice that, I was still looking at what I am not good at, am struggling and I was not looking at what I enjoy.   Yes, this is fun to do, my decorated cookies are alive and move in my mind.   Thank you.  

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