One of the japanes text blocks is done... well almost - it needs it's English transation but that'll come later.
I was going to do back-stitch around the word but was worried what it might look like on the back so went with a running stitch just outside the outline. Turns out the backs not that flash anyway, but it's not that visible either so no matter!
I wanted to use sashiko thread but could only find navy in the shop I went to last week. Instead I've used crochet cotton or perle cotton and it works nicely. The translation will be embroidery cotton as the perle is too thick.
I really like the effect I've achieved (unintentionally!)... It has the appearance of reverse applique but it is a single piece.
One down, six more to go!