The snow. It never stops. You can scream and tear your hair out, or you can try to find something about it that makes you smile. This etegami was inspired by a friend who was so exhausted from the never-ending snow shoveling, that she lost her mind for a moment and started singing "Oh what a beautiful morning" (from the soundtrack of Oklahoma), with a twist in the lyrics. If this song is new to you, please google it.
Etegami (e= "picture"; tegami= "letter/message") are simple drawings accompanied by a few apt words. They are usually done on postcards so that they can be easily mailed off to one's friends. Though etegami has few hard-and-fast rules, traditional tools and materials include writing brushes, sumi ink, blocks of water-soluble, mineral-based pigments called gansai, and washi postcards that have varying degrees of "bleed." They often depict some ordinary item from everyday life, especially items that bring a particular season to mind.