So many thanks to my friend, fellow artist and traveling companion Roberta Walley for encouraging me to come along!
We started with Tokyo and the Tokyo Quilt Show - the largest in the world in the Tokyo Dome baseball stadium. What a crowded, jostling experience. It seemed that every woman in Japan was there! Fabulous quilts, wonderful, inventive exhibits and amazing fabrics and hand made items and notions for sale. So many shopping opportunities! I did my part.
We toured amazing Shinto Shrines and Buddhist temples in Tokyo and Kyoto
Enjoyed textile museums and private collections
Saw modern Japanese textiles and fashion....
Ate glorious food so beautifully presented!
Figured out a whole new world of electronic toilets
In the village of Arimatsu we watched local artists practice the art of Shibori dyeing
And in Kyoto we spent a morning learning the art of stencil dyeing
So much more to say and too many photos - maybe in some future posts.
Let's just say I hope to go back!
The trip has already yielded inspiration...
A purchased indigo dyed cotton banner of the Moon Rabbit mounted with more
Japanese indigo textiles