ottoatm wrote:I wonder how you know this about Japanese culture?
Being from Hawaii, you can't help but to learn a lot about other cultures.... and that's a good thing!
This was really a fun build for me! Dunechaser knows that I have been wanting to make a mochi-pounding vignette for some time now, but when I tried it on an 8x8 base, I felt it just did not capture the feel of the event. So, it then became 8x16, but I felt it was still missing something - a background. I doubled the base (which is not really a familiar scale for me, other than my 2 CCC3 'room' entries) and then things started to really come together. I am very pleased with the result, especially the roof. You can thank my wife for the idea of the cherry-blossom tree... that made me change the direction of the MOC from a simple mochi-making one to a Girl's Day festival.
As for Urban Commando.... well, after all he is a contemporary ninja! Look for him in some of my upcoming MOCs!