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in the beginning…

May 13, 2012

I developed a killer case of  “airline flu” the day after arriving home so if this is somewhat wooly headed I’m hoping it will improve

we were so busy at the workshop and saw and did  such a variety of wonderful things it is difficult to know where to start

here is an overview of Bryan’s 150 year old traditional farmhouse (minka)

Spring was unfolding on the hillsides and cherry blossoms were everywhere

Tokyo is way off in the distance

everywhere we went it was straight up or down





and there was more countryside than this country kid has seen in a long time.





tea is planted in every available space







a parting gift from Bryan’s landlord was a package of his own tea








the front of the house with indigo dyed shibori drying


 everything  in the house was handmade, much of it by Bryan and his  friends

the front entrance with looms in the background




fresh flowers in every room  



stained glass windows overlooking the back yard 




access to the 2nd and 3rd floors was by fairly steep ladders

the wrought iron railings made for the job



with interesting  pieces of glass and jars containing flowers included in the design 






all the dishes were local pottery


more about the food in another post! 









 handblown glasses –on a handwoven towel.



this is the group of us, including Ogata-san. At 92 she still comes to weave once a week and climbs the mountain to tend to the tea.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Bryan permalink
    May 15, 2012 6:20 am

    Hi Jean:
    I was worried. Glad you made it home..almost in one piece. Thank you for all the help. Thank you. Arigatou. Hope we cross paths again. Next time with more time to talk and go slow. Bryan


  2. May 15, 2012 1:32 am

    the tea!!woderful gift.


  3. May 14, 2012 8:33 am

    Wow, Jean, my heart is beating faster looking at these pictures! Great memories.


  4. Joanna permalink
    May 13, 2012 8:32 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day!!! We also have a wee birthday gift for you. xo Joanna


  5. May 13, 2012 5:08 pm

    take care, re-entry is always a bit of an ordeal… i love your photos and want to see more!


  6. May 13, 2012 4:44 pm

    Welcome home. Sorry you were sick. Life is back to the old routines here – Nat


  7. May 13, 2012 3:58 pm

    Lovely, Jean. It brings all the details back.


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