ヒマラヤから・from the Himalayas

A few days ago, I went to listen to a Japanese woman (her name is Umi) talk about her life in the Himalayas.  She lives there in a family of shepherds, hand spinners and weavers. We looked at pictures of where she lives.  They were amazing and somehow made me time travel back to a…

new place new life~ Misakicho, Okayama

A new adventure begins in Okayama. This year, some indigo seedlings traveled with me from Yorii to Misakicho. and I planted some seeds in my landlord’s backyard. I didn’t write about this but last year, working in my indigo field was wonderful.  I loved the light, touching the dirt, seeing the indigo grow.  I was…

kurume

Nishi-Nippori is an awesome place for shopping for fabric in Tokyo.  In fact, there are so many shops and so many choices that it might make you a bit crazy…  but anyway, if you go there, there is a cool used kimono shop caller RIVERSIDE (I think). I met my first KASURI MONPE at Riverside,…

okinawa

Somehow, I just spent a weekend in Okinawa! It was hot and beautiful and special~  and I managed to visit a beautiful indigo farm. I didn’t actually see much of Okinawa but drove myself to a village called OSHITTAI where I met a couple who has been growing indigo there for almost ten years if…

Last day in Nakatsugawa

November 27th was the last day of my indigo workshop in Nakatsugawa.  It was my seventh time to come to ShizukuJiaiKobo, and the last date of the “tanemakikaraaizome workshop”, a six-time course through the seasons of indigo that I attended. I cannot possibly fully express here how enriching this experience was for me but I…

seishun 18 kippu tokyo-tokushima

Seishun 18 kippu can take you pretty much everywhere if you have the time~  Mine took me to Tokushima this summer, going through Gifu, Okayama on my way there and then Takamatsu and Himeji on my way back. I love just sitting and looking out the window when I’m on the train~  mountains, rivers, more…

Arimatsu

ARIMATSU SHIBORI MATSURI (Arimatsu Shibori Festival) took place on June 4th and 5th this year.  Since I was already in Gifu, I decided to go and see. I arrived at 5am!!!  and went to Arimatsu jinja.  There, even the flags were shibori!  It was a long day, but every encounter with shibori was delightful~ There…

konki

Last October, my friend and I went to Shiga prefecture to visit Uenishi san.  I think he is 81 years old.  His eyebrows are truly amazing, but more than that, he is seventh generation indigo dyer.  His atelier is called KONKI. Actually, I had heard about this man a long time ago, when I bought…

dots to dots

My DNA, memee Nana, who was sewing all the time.  My grandma Tino, who knitted sweaters for me, and my mom, who made ridiculous clothes and costumes for us!  About the banana dress, I probably asked her to make that for me, and it was not a costume! Growing up, my great-grandmother was a seamstress,…