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an inspiration

September 7, 2016

in Japan, Ogata-san has just celebrated her 98th birthday

not only is that impressive

but she is  still actively involved in her communityp1090262

at the workshops she arrives with all her equipment and makings

and sets about rolling dough and making udon noodles

(I’ve always intended to try making noodles but it seems like so much work!)

p1090267she moves so quickly every picture is a blur

p1090271Bryan is allowed to cut the noodles but she is right there giving instructions

p1090276how many people are we feeding for lunch?p1090281then she is outside cooking the noodlesp1090237checking things in the kitchen

p1090311checking the indigo shibori drying outside

she wore my little red shoes – several sizes to big

I was afraid she would trip and fall

p1090309but she went inside and started stitching on her yukata

go to the Japanese Textile Workshops website

to see the dyed yukata fabric and birthday pictures


you are famous around the world

and an inspiration to us all

12 Comments leave one →
  1. vdbolyard permalink
    September 8, 2016 10:08 am

    i’m so glad you know her!


  2. September 8, 2016 4:07 am

    Well, now–isn’t she an inspiration?! I love how she just keeps doing things, too busy to consider slowing down much. And I had to laugh–sometimes I feel like I’m learning weaving too late (at 60) but she’s still learning new things at 98. She’s my hero.


  3. Lis Harwood permalink
    September 8, 2016 12:45 am

    Ogata san is awesome. I read Bryan’s post about her birthday and was so glad she is still living life to the full, and example to everyone to make the most of the simple things and make the most of life. Ogata san, you rock!!


  4. Judi Bushby permalink
    September 7, 2016 5:56 pm

    Such a dynamo. I read Bryan’s blog yesterday and had plenty of wonderful memories. Still going strong at 98 and stitching up a storm. Wow!


    • September 7, 2016 6:25 pm

      Judi – she is so tiny and looks like a puff of wind would blow her away but the spirit is strong.


  5. trl710 permalink
    September 7, 2016 4:56 pm

    Happy Birthday, Ogata-San, from California!


  6. September 7, 2016 4:46 pm

    What a lady! Happy Birthday!


    • September 7, 2016 4:53 pm

      Heather – she is like the ever ready bunny, just keeps going. It would be a different world if everyone had her courage to keep on living each day fully.


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