Friday, October 8, 2010


I just returned from a trip to Japan with my sister. Our love of all things Japanese was instilled at an early age by our father. He had spent a month in Japan as a aviation adviser during the Korean War. I found a small group tour focusing on ceramics for 2 weeks, staying in Japanese Inns, visiting artists and their studios and traveling in the countryside. It was the perfect tour for my sister, Director/Curator of the American Museum of Ceramic Art and gave me a chance to travel with my best friend. Although most of our time was spent looking at clay, we also experienced the culture, were guests in homes,

ate the food,played with clay,slept on the "floor",

bathed communally, and rode on the fast trains. I also got to shop for old fabrics

and our hostess invited me to cut a stack of fabrics from some "old clothes" (her great aunt's kimonos).

I promised to make her a wall hanging which is in the works.


Cheryl said...

Sounds like a cultural enriching trip as well as a bonding experience. Look forward to the kimono wall hanging.

Crispy said...

I figured you were off galivanting around the world and WOW what a wonderful experience!! I am really looking forward to what you will be creating with those wonderful kimonos.


Trudi said...

Oh wow! Talk about an experience of a lifetime! What a priviledge to be able to cut into some old kimono. I really do look forward to seeing your wall hanging. It'll be a stunner I'm sure. Welcome home Janet!

Cathy said...

What a fabulous trip Janet. My parents both visited Japan and came home absolutely delighted with it. Your 'old kimono' quilt will be beautiful xo

Lurline said...

Sound like an absolutely wonderful trip, Janet! Happy memories!
Hugs - Lurline♥

pratima said...

What a wonderful trip, Janet :)
Your pictures are very sweet! Nice to hear that you had the most amazing time there!!

Highland Monkey's said...

You look like you had a wonderful time and I bet the icing was being allowed to cut the kiminos for a quilt.

ParisMaddy said...

Absolutely marvelous. Thanks for sharing. I hope to visit Japan in the next year or two. Do you have any recommendations?