I want to share today a commissioned piece that I painted for a yomogi steam salon in Japan. The beauty treatment originates in Korea, but it's gaining popularity in Japan and other parts of Asia. It involves the steaming of yomogi under a chair which the person receiving the treatment sits on while wearing an oversized cape to trap all the goodness of the steam in. A detox and beauty within treatment that has been gathering many fans.
Yomogi, is Japanese mugwort, a herb that can be eaten (especially when made into a delicious rice cake dessert--Google yomogi mochi, or kusamochi and you would know what I mean), drank, or used for steaming. It is known for its detoxing, healing, warming properties, and for ladies, to help alleviate the bloating, menstrual craps and more. Hence, when pregnant or nursing the herb should be avoided.
Self-care has always been the core of my work, may it be writing and illustrating books like How To Take a Wa Style Bath and My Little Book of Happiness, which are about taking care of oneself, or painting my bubbles series, as it brings a sense of zen to both the painter (me) and the viewer (you). So, I was extremely delighted when I was asked to illustrate this piece for a new yomogi salon. It really shows how lucky I am to have these wonderful opportunities!