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boro museum part 2

July 10, 2016

although small, the boro museum’s collection is large

the displays are excellent

printed information is in English

there are signs inviting visitors to touch

and there is a small area where you can try pieces on

P1080977Truus couldn’t resist a kimono

(sorry for the quality of the picture – think I was getting a little light-headed)

P1080957items of daily life – cooking pots

(that is Bryan looking at the kimono )

P1080959soot as the incarnation of Fire God!

P1080950salmon skin boots

P1080951fins used to prevent slipping on snow and ice

boro_img_04ma creative way to show the finds in an archaeological dig

(photo from the Amuse Museum website)

P1080961you can walk on it

but I wanted to get on my hands and knees and stare through the glass – no, I didn’t!

P1080933the colours are still bright, my guess is they are natural dyes

P1080934I couldn’t believe this was sakiori (rag weave) it was so fine

but closer inspection proved it was indeed

P1080987another sakiori piece with simply beautiful sashiko stitching

P1080967stitched patterns can be worked in much more complex stitches and patterns, each with there own descriptive names

I think this is called hishizashi a form of counted stitch embroidery

P1080968thousands of tiny individual stitches

P1080940but this is what boro is really about

P1080941 hope you enjoyed this short visit.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. July 13, 2016 7:20 am

    i thoroughly enjoyed the boro museum. the temporary exhibit they had was really a bonus there were the hiroshige tokaido road ukiyoe displayed on the stairwell. the last one was entering kyoto which made me cry


  2. July 12, 2016 8:08 am

    Love Amuse museum, thank you for all the memories, especially the salmon skin boots!! It really is a fantastic place to visit and I was amazed that we could touch things and try things on, I want to go back!


    • July 12, 2016 9:18 am

      Lis – I’d love to find a B&B nearby and spend 2 or 3 days – same with Miyama, totally incredible.


  3. vdbolyard permalink
    July 11, 2016 5:03 am

    those boots! salmon and seal skin! and then the mits, all of these items are so beautiful and practical. those winter clothing items reminds me of inuit work. do you know the book “our boots?” anyway, i would love to see these.


    • July 11, 2016 7:00 am

      Velma – I loved those boots – high fashion – wonder how comfortable it was to walk on the fin on the sole? A book I haven’t heard of? I’ll have to investigate.


  4. July 11, 2016 4:00 am

    I’m surprised you ever left this place–SO interesting! I’ve never heard of a museum where you can try clothes on and the story about smoke and soot is great. I love seeing the sashiko stitching, too. (My computer wanted to change that to sashimi!)


  5. Judi Bushby permalink
    July 10, 2016 5:48 pm

    Thanks Jean. I have many of these same photos. It was wonderful to be able to take photos and touch the pieces . As you say, somewhat overwhelming and the shop at the museum is wonderful too


  6. Jean-Pierre Antonio permalink
    July 10, 2016 12:27 pm

    Wonderful exhibit. Thanks for sharing. It looks so good, I thought it must be a permanent exhibit but I see on the website that it ends on March 26, 2017. I better get up there to check it out. I hope it finds a permanent home later. Should be seen by everybody as a reminder that Japan hasn’t always been a glittering, electronic gadget filled country.


    • July 10, 2016 12:33 pm

      Jean-Pierre – I’m not sure but think that most of what I have shown is part of the permanent exhibit, better check before you make a special visit. Wish I could spend several days there and read every card – filled with history and human interest.


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