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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 […] +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 […] +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 […] +more


heidi gustafson—ore whisperer

heidi gustafson—ore whisperer

By Patricia Belyea EVERSON WA  Where can you find a creative spark? Spend time with people who are unabashedly passionate about what they do! Visiting artist Heidi Gustafson at her hideaway cabin near the Canadian border completely invigorated me. Heidi is crazy about iron oxides. She collects this mineral from the ground and spends time—lots […] +more


navigating narita

navigating narita

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  When you travel to Japan, your likely entry point will be Narita (NRT)—an international airport almost 50 miles from Tokyo. After your long flight, here are some tips for getting through the airport and on your way. In-Flight Tips Do not even think about taking any fresh food into Japan. […] +more


the new blue & white

the new blue & white

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  What’s new at Blue & White, Amy Katoh’s beloved shop in Tokyo? Its location is the biggest change. For over 35 years, Blue & White was tucked into a small storefront on Azabu Juban in Minato City. As of last April, the 2.0 version of Blue & White opened one building […] +more


2018 tokyo quilt festival—details

2018 tokyo quilt festival—details

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  As a postscript to my reports about this year’s Tokyo Quilt Festival, I’m sharing macro shots of some of the amazing quilts. Of course, the overall composition of each quilt deserves attention. But every seam and every stitch make up the whole. By focusing on minute details, we see how […] +more

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