At home with Amy Katoh of Blue & White, Tokyo

chat w/ amy katoh

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Join Patricia Belyea as she chats with Amy Katoh, an expat in Tokyo who’s shared Japan Blue with the world for the last five decades.

Amy, a champion of Japanese crafts and the owner of Blue & White, is an over-the top aficionado of Japanese folk textiles—indigo, kasuri, ikat, boro, and more.

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Blue & White: #blueandwhite_japan
Okan Arts: #okanarts
Meiko Kobayashi (gal in boro coat): #raku111
Old Industrial Japan: #oldindustrial
Sri Threads: #srithreads

Discussed in the Chat:
engimono—lucky symbols
mottanai—making do
Otafuku—Japanese folk goddess of joy
yukata—casual cotton kimono
tenugui—Japanese hand towels

New Blue & White shop in Tokyo, Japan
From the boro collection of Amy Katoh of Blue & White in Tokyo, JapanHand-drawn tags from Blue & White shop in Tokyo, JapanHand-drawn calendar from Blue & White in Tokyo, Japan

ABOUT US: Okan Arts, a petite family business, is co-owned by mother-daughter duo Patricia Belyea and Victoria Stone. Patricia and Victoria sell Japanese textiles online, host creative quilting experiences, and lead quilting & textile tours to Japan.