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May 11, 2016

breakfast is an event

yesterday was a day to remember

my friend drove us from Itami to Miyama, a three hour trip each way

once you get out of the city the lush green scenery is breathtaking

with a light rain and misty clouds drifting through the mountain valleys

we went to see the famous village of Miyama with traditional thatched roof farm houses

the purpose of the long drive was to visit Hiroyuki Shindo’s Little Indigo Museum

I was wearing my new hanten – inside out, with the indigo shibori shining in the rain

and – I/it caught the eye of the master dyer, he spent an hour with us explaining his vats

making ash water, how he checks the pH and showing how the special pole wrapping machine he invented works

what a charming, modest, knowledgable sensei

I still can’t believe this opportunity came my way

the museum is small but wonderful

in the upper floor with huge blackened beams and the thatch over your head

pictures will have to wait until I get home

Of course I had to have a small piece of Shindo san’s dyeing

a draw string bag for my drop spindle, a little table mat

 and a tiny bag hand sewn by Shindo san’s wife to pin on my hanten

and I couldn’t resist a look at the local pottery – just one tiny saki cup will fit in the suitcase

as I sit on the floor writing this I can’t help noticing the edge binding on the tatami mats


today we go to Kawashima, my school in Kyoto

14 Comments leave one →
  1. May 12, 2016 2:54 am

    Such beautiful things! You’ll cherish those small items and the memories they preserve for you!


    • May 12, 2016 3:05 am

      Kerry – small things are all that will fit in my bag! As my friend says ” too much shopping”!


  2. May 12, 2016 1:06 am

    Such things make our treasures, so wonderful Jean.


  3. Judi Bushby permalink
    May 11, 2016 11:23 pm

    I Visited Miyama late in 2014 to visit with Hiroyuki Shindo and to see this little museum. An amazing experience. As you say a very generous man with his knowledge and expertise. My shopping look svery similar to yours, Sitting on the floor looking at his mothers patchwork quilt made from stitched and dyed pieces was very heartwarming.- complete reverence. I too shall have to pin my little handbag on one of my hantens when it is completed. His pole wrapping machine is amazing and the works hes produces are sunning. they took my breath away. The museum upstairs was breathtaking.


  4. May 11, 2016 10:28 pm

    Oh, sounds like a day in heaven! So happy for you, Jean!


    • May 12, 2016 3:26 am

      Heather – heaven just keeps getting better and better. The night before we ate at an amazing tempura restaurant named “Heaven”!


  5. May 11, 2016 7:28 pm

    Fun post, Jean!!!! Love it! Xoxo


  6. trl710 permalink
    May 11, 2016 6:18 pm

    Hi Jean, I went to Miyama in the fall by bus & train. Isn’t Shindo wonderful! He is so generous with his time and knowledge. I also purchased a drawstring bag-I keep my sock knitting in it and a few other pieces. I hope I can return to Japan before too long.


  7. vdbolyard permalink
    May 11, 2016 5:36 pm

    oh, jean, what an incredible treat! visiting a master who noticed your work. and buying a bit of his work, too…i dream of such a trip myself. maybe, maybe someday soon.


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