Green Giveaway - Winner Announced


Happy Green Day! Today is a holiday in Japan for Greenery Day. On this day twelve years ago I arrived in Japan. Twelve years! I've been living here for exactly one third of my life. That's fairly significant. Japanniversary - Anniversary of arriving in Japan!

So to celebrate all things green I am having a giveaway. Up for grabs is my Lucky Clover n' Bees tote. Not only is it green since it's covered in four leafed clovers but it's green in that it's a reusable tote.

All you have to do to win is post a comment on this post with your congratulatory messages! I'll draw the winner at random on Monday May 5th.

Entries close on Sunday May 4th, 2008 (midnight).

My decision will be final. Thanks!

28 comments:

  1. I want to say congratulations, but you don't have to enter me for the contest. It is a lovely bag which I would love to have, but I already won one of your bags, so to speak, so I don't want to be greedy.

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  2. Congratulations! It's my anniversary of moving to Japan too!! But I'm lagging way behind at a measely 5 years ;-)
    Also, I'm the same as Sherry, you don't have to enter me for the contest as I have already won one=)

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  3. put me in the damn contest so then i will have one of your bags!!!

    congratulations on 12 years in Japan!!!! the day i arrived in nagasaki (Jan. 7, 1987) turned out to be (one year later) the death of the (showa) emperor. So, my anniversary is easy to remember.

    will be 22 years next January and is NOT one third of my life, but very nearly half.

    happy day to you and here's to 12 more years!!!!

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  4. Congratulations on 12 years in Japan! Is Green day an environmental day? I hope I win the bag!

    Sally

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  5. Just want to add my congratulations to your 12 years in Japan. We need to plant more trees on this 'Green day'. Hand made totes are so much nicer to use for shopping and kinder to the environment.

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  6. Congrats and I hope you enjoy where ever life takes you. The bag is lovely and thanks for being so generous.

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  7. Congratulations on 12 years in Japan.

    I just celebrated my 11th anniversary here in March. :-)

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  8. Congratulations from me too!!

    Just as an interesting aside, from last year (2007) April 29th changed from "midori no hi" (greenery day) to "Showa no hi" (to commemorate the emperor as it was his birthday) "Midori no hi" is now on May 4th. I think they originally called it "midori no hi" because the old emperor was a strong environmentalist who loved nature. Some people claimed that calling the day "Showa no hi" was a sign of a resurgence of strong Japanese nationalistic feeling. I have to admit I thought it was a bit weird when I noticed the change last year and don't really understand why they bothered but they did change it. Ask your hubby about it!;-) He may well not have noticed though as alot of people didn't!!

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  9. Wow! this is great thanks for all the entries, keep em coming!

    Midori, funny you should mention the holiday change, we were looking at the calendar tonight and noticed it! Neither of us knew the story behind it or noticed last year.

    We have quite a few long-termers here!

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  10. I only noticed last year because obviously today is usually "MY" day! LOL! I thought they had done away with Midori day until I checked out the calendar properly and saw it on may 4th. Funny thing is that no-one can tell me what May 4th used to be a holiday for!!

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  11. congrats on 12 years in Japan! That bag is adorable!

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  12. Hey everyone this is great!

    Midori the 4th was a bridging holiday between the other two holidays Children's Day on the 3rd and ...the other day on the 5th, I forget now.

    If there were ever a perfect holiday for you it's this one!

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  13. i didn't mean damn contest.

    i meant DAMN!!!!! a contest!!!! a bag!!!!!! (like that, it was an enthusiastic damn)

    and i wondered if you had heard about the midori/showa change.

    and it's nice that the 4th has a name now, because before it was just the day between two holidays.

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  14. i didn't mean damn contest.

    i meant DAMN!!!!! a contest!!!! a bag!!!!!! (like that, it was an enthusiastic damn)

    and i wondered if you had heard about the midori/showa change.

    and it's nice that the 4th has a name now, because before it was just the day between two holidays.

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  15. You're so funny Jan, I knew that you meant DAMN I hope I win :)

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  16. Congratulations! 12 years in Japan is HUGE!I'm a bit slow on the uptake here, as I have been away from my computer for a few days... but the bag is so cute...
    Glad to see your chatty cafe went well too - sounded great.

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  17. Congratulations! 12 years. Wow! Have you written before about how you came to Japan and why you decided to stay. I would really enjoy reading it.

    I've been here almost 8 years now and sometimes I can't believe it.

    I hope I win your lovely bag. That would be so exciting.

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  18. Oh my! I hadn't realised it until you said that we had been here 12 years. I am only ahead of you by a couple of months. (Way behind on realising though!).

    I have just been elected kindergarten vice class president(?)!!!! Now what do I do?

    I may well need a new bag for this occasion;)

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  19. Kaimakat I feel for you,
    those "elections' are a bummer hey.

    I just want to congratulate you on having spent, what was it, A QUARTER of your life here. well done.

    Your bags, your shop, your bloom, its all gorgeous.

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  20. Congratulations on 12 years!! I love your Etsy store. You're really talented. This July will be my 14 year anniversary of moving to the States from my little island of Tahiti. =)
    I hope to win that lovely bag!

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  21. how gorgeous! and green is my all time favourite colour too....

    congratulations on your 12 years in Japan stint ... would love to visit there some day

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  22. This is fantastic, so mnay entrants, I hope some more come in before tomorrow.

    Nadia - I was an exchange student in Tahiti a loooong time ago, 1987/88. Beautiful, wonderful place.

    The draw is tomorrow! Good luck everyone

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  23. Congratulations on your 12 years in Japan! Time really flies when you're having ?fun?! Your bags are so cute and I hope to be the winner of the Green Giveaway! I wish I had known about your business when my 10 year old was just starting kindergarden and elementary school so I wouldn't have had to sweat over making al of the different kinds of bags for him!

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  24. Congratulations on your 12 years in Japan. I have been living in Australia from NZ for seven years. Quite different to moving to a country where people speak another language.

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  25. Congratulations on 12 happy years! I am excited to see what the next 12 bring you. :) Hard to top a happy marriage, two cute and genial kiddos, and a successful business, but I know you can do it!

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  26. And the winner is Jan! I didn't think the online random number was working properly until I tried it again and got a different number. The first and winning number randomly drawn was #1.

    Since both Sherry and Corrina graciously bowed out #1 was assigned to Jan in Nagasaki, DAMN!!

    Congratulations Jan and thank you to everyone who entered and wrote such lovely messages.

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  27. congrats on 12 years...when's the NEXT damn contest?

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  28. Just a few hours too late tiki, next time!

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