This one is inspired by our niece Vivian who is six and loves a lot of things. Viv is tiny but larger than life and adds lots of spiciness to our lives. She loves to talk, A LOT, she loves telling puns, her version of jokes, she loves anime and most of all she loves foxes…A LOT! She loves them more than just about anything, in fact her favorite color is orange, she would love one as a pet if she could and if she could be one, she would. So, each flower on Kitsune Blossom has a black base like the boots of the American Red Fox, a red orange body, white for the chest and tail and a black center like the nose.
Vivian is on a mission to clear the name of foxes as she believes that they are often wrongly characterized as villains, like Swiper the Sneaky Fox on Dora the Explorer.
The name of the piece comes from the Japanese name for fox. In Japanese mythology Kitsune are intelligent foxes that possess paranormal abilities that increase as they get older and wiser. According to Yōkai folklore, all foxes have the ability to shapeshift into human form. While some folktales speak of kitsune employing this ability to trick others – as foxes in folklore often do – other stories portray them as faithful guardians, friends.