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four april giveaways

four april giveaways

This month Okan Arts is giving away four half-yards of Laura Berringer’s Fade Out collection from Studio 37 of Marcus Fabrics paired with three spools of floss by Aurifil. There are four giveaways, each valued at $43.00. Laura’s Fade Out cotton collection features only four colors—black, white, cream, and tan—for super subtle and sophisticated projects. […] read more +


daruma does japan

daruma does japan

By Patricia Belyea JAPAN  On the first night of our Japan trek, the Mima family gave me a Daruma doll from Blue & White in Tokyo. Yoko and Kayako Mima playfully told me that the Daruma reminded them of my husband, Michael. We all laughed at that. Daruma, although constantly scowling, happily joined Victoria and I […] read more +


kimono roboto in kyoto

kimono roboto in kyoto

By Patricia Belyea KYOTO JP  I’m telling you about this amazing exhibit, Kimono Roboto, with the fastest possible typing because it opened last night and closes in nine days. Yikes! To see the show, you would have to leave immediately, fly to Japan, train to Kyoto, and get to Nijo Castle. The high-style show of […] read more +


buddha’s birthday

buddha’s birthday

By Patricia Belyea NARA JP  April 8 is an auspicious day in my life. Thirty years ago today I gave birth to my oldest daughter, Elizabeth Jane Stone. It’s also the day that temples around the world celebrate the birth of Buddha. What better way to experience Hana-Matsuri, the Floral Festival, than to visit the […] read more +


the secret needle shop

the secret needle shop

By Patricia Belyea KYOTO JP  It’s been four years since I first visited Misuyabari, the hard-to-find shop filled with handmade needles and cherished sewing supplies.With Google Maps app in hand and a remembrance of where to turn, it was still not easy to find again. The key is turning between the right two shops in the […] read more +


home and studio of kawai kanjiro

home and studio of kawai kanjiro

By Patricia Belyea KYOTO JP  As makers, we all love to see the studios of others. In eastern Kyoto, the home and studio of Kawai Kanjiro (1896-1966) is open for the public to see where this Japanese artist lived and worked. Know mostly for his pottery, Kawai-san was also a sculptor, calligrapher, philosopher, and writer. […] read more +


arashiyama: top sites and sights

arashiyama: top sites and sights

By Patricia Belyea ARASHIYAMA JP  Number Five and counting. That’s how many times I’ve visited the Arashiyama district on the outskirts of Kyoto. The biggest challenge of the day was deciding what to do with so many impressive sites and compelling activities. With Victoria in tow, an Arashiyama neophyte, I resolved to show her my […] read more +


shibori day!

shibori day!

By Patricia Belyea ARIMATSU JP  Visiting Arimatsu, the mothertown of shibori, ranks high on the Bucket List of most textile lovers. You take the train for a short half-hour ride out of Nagoya, get off at Arimatsu station, and turn up the street with the traditional buildings. Shibori-style noren in almost every doorway signal that you’ve […] read more +


four special shops in tokyo

four special shops in tokyo

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  Exploring, not shopping, beckons me to Japan. Yet when I discover an exceptional store, I admire all the facets of the experience—the place, the products, and the people. Here are four shops in Tokyo worthy of your attention. Blue & White 2-9-2 Azabu Juban, Minato-ku, Tokyo You go up an […] read more +


moments in kamakura

moments in kamakura

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  One of my fav things to do when I’m in Tokyo is to leave town. Just one hour south of Japan’s most populated metropolis awaits the seaside city of Kamakura. Known for its giant bronze buddha, Kamakura promises sweet air and big skies. Plus hip cafes and lovely shops line […] read more +

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