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and so it begins

May 20, 2016

up the narrow, winding mountain roads

to the Japanese Textile Workshop

P1080675home for two weeks

P1080747tea is almost ready for picking

P1080649inside we are greeted by one of Hiro’s magnificent ikebana

the casts of characters

P1080678Hiro and Julie

Julie had four kittens the day before we arrived

the last thing we did when leaving for Tokyo was to say goodbye to the kittens

img_0276Bryan, of course, already teaching at the table in the main room

P1080828Yazaki Keiko – sensei – professional kimono seamstress

and teacher extraordinaire

sharing her extensive knowledge, with patience and humor

all the while expanding her English while working 10-12 hour days

P1090529Truus, from Holland taking Geiger and Momo for a walk

P1080925from the left

Truus behind me, Heather from Australia, Corina from Switzerland

Teresa from New York with Bryan behind her

Heather from Canada behind Mary from Ecuador

we were to be Bryan’s first class (guinea pigs!)

making traditional handsewn hanten

P1080661Bryan modeling one he had previously made

P1080669but he wants to make a madder paste to use as a pigment

and it is going to take many days so we start that first

no pattern or written instructions for the hanten

P1090857just measurements

with sensei’s help we translated these into a working pattern

P1080756and start measuring and cuttingP1080774the fabric for the first, half-lined jacket

was a heavy, industrial denim

heavy to work on and difficult to hand stitch

P1080757with seven of us, all struggling to understand

and all needing help at the same time

instruction was sometimes slow and incomphrehensible

P1080754we could always go for a walk and gather bamboo shoots

P1080793Hiro kept us fed and our energy high

P1080749and even the famous mountain made an appearance on one of those walks

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 20, 2016 2:43 pm

    What an amazing trip.

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  2. May 22, 2016 4:25 am

    Wow what a great journey. Bet your suitcase was over flowing. 12 meters of silk! Wonder what you will make. Glad you are home safe though.

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    • May 22, 2016 6:43 am

      hi Kathy – I traveled light so the suitcases weren’t too bad coming home. More fabric for the stash, not sure what it will become.

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  3. May 23, 2016 12:29 am

    thoroughly enjoyed your recount.your soul has been fed for a lifetime.

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