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exploring old tokyo

exploring old tokyo

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  The Shitamachi Museum, overlooking Shinobazu Pond in Ueno Park, caught my fancy on this trip. Upon paying the ¥300 museum fee, my friend Hala and I were welcomed by an English-speaking guide. Misuki totally enriched our visit to this lively historic museum! The first floor displayed a Tokyo neighborhood from […] +more


2019 tokyo quilt festival: details

2019 tokyo quilt festival: details

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  There are two major aspects to quilt design—the overall composition and the close-up details. Here’s a post filled with only the eye-candy of quilt details for this year’s Tokyo Quilt Festival. Enjoy! [The above quilt is by Keiko Goke.] When it comes to details, this quilt takes the prize. In […] +more


2019 tokyo quilt festival: special exhibits

2019 tokyo quilt festival: special exhibits

By Patricia Belyea TOYKO JP  Get ready to go crazy when you see the special exhibits at Tokyo Quilt Festival. Every year the highest level of workmanship and design are paired with exciting installations. So let’s get started. quilt impressionism An Encounter Between Quilting & Art Four sensei and their students prepared quilts and textile […] +more


2019 tokyo quilt festival

2019 tokyo quilt festival

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  I met up with Sachiko Yoshida when I first arrived at the Tokyo Quilt Festival. Sachiko, an honored sensei, has taught for 30 years in the Tokyo area. Behind us is Connections, Sachiko’s newest masterpiece. Sachiko and I took a stroll around the Wa and Original Design competitions to see […] +more


artisans of tokyo

artisans of tokyo

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  An advertisement in a subway car alerted me to the Tokyo Traditional Crafts Fair at Takashimaya adjacent to Shinjuku station. Only two stops from my hotel, it was easy for me to scurry over to the department store to see the Fair. Not waiting to find an elevator, I took […] +more


getting unstitched

getting unstitched

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA It takes about four hours to pick out all the hand stitching in a kimono. Reclaimed fabric, silk threads, hidden knots—they all intrigue me. The meditative exercise takes me on a journey through textural time and space. Specially woven, kimono fabric measures 13″ to 16″ wide. Two long rectangular pieces form […] +more


birth of a quilt museum

birth of a quilt museum

By Patricia Belyea KAILUA KONA HI  There are 21 quilt museums in America. That’s less than one for every two states! Who cares? We do. A quilt museum honors quilts and the people who make them—whether the quilts are traditional or contemporary. And by creating a collection of quilts, a quilt museum cares for them. […] +more

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