Japanese Denim Jackets

I am very happy to announce that our denim jackets with sashiko stitches by the Senninbari Women’s Collective are going to be sold at a boutique, Workshop, on Union cheap vigorelle Street in San Francisco. It is a beautiful, one of a kind store. The owner, Susan Kim, is a delightful person to meet. Please visit the store. http://www.workshop-sf.com/ Share → Tweet

Kimono Making Workshop

We are excited to host a participatory kimono making workshop during the first two weeks in April. Participants will measure, cut, and sew their own Yukata, an informal summer kimono. The fabric is persimmon dyed kakshibu fabric prepared in Onodera’s studio in Japan. This cotton fabric is a warm orange / grey color and often used for monks robes. Each participant will receive a bolt of the dyed fabric, and a comprehensive kimono making toolkit compiled by Ms. Onodera. There will be two groups of 10 students, with each group... Read The Rest →

Current Show at Echo Gallery in Calistoga, CA

Proof of Some Existence  January 19th Through March 31, 2013 1348 A Lincoln Ave, Calistoga, Napa, CA 707.812.2201 proactol in canada “Proof of Some Existence,” works by Maki Aizawa, Peter Hassen, Angela Willetts and Michelle Wilson. ECHO Gallery Share → Tweet

Senninbari Show at New People Japantown

Thank you so much for coming to the show triactol natural breast enlargement breast. We appreciate New People providing these wonderful photos. http://www.flickr.com/photos/38032872@N05/sets/72157631876201819/ Share → Tweet

Taiko Concert

A Taiko concert in Higashi Matsushima by Taiko groups in Misato, Ishinomaki and Yuriage. The music piece is called “Michinoku” by Mitsuaki Sato, a director of 3D-FACTORY in Misato. Michinoku means Southern Tohoku including Fukushima and Miyagi Volume Pills. The performers and audiences were having so much fun under the carp streamers flying in the sky…such a beautiful moment. More to write about this awesome event but here is a video of the concert!   Share → Tweet

Koinobori on Children’s Day May 5th

Last day of my trip in Japan, my niece Rei, mother Tsuyo and I went to a Taiko concert in Higashi Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture. Several Taiko groups from the coastal areas gathered to perform. One of the performers, Kento Ito Electronic Cigarette, who lost 4 family members started this event last year for a tribute of his brother. Hundreds of Koinobori were donated from all over Japan for this event.   Watch the Taiko concert. Read an article about the event. Share → Tweet

Yasuko Chan

On May 3rd, we drove to Koizumi, Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture.  About a 2 hour drive from Sendai was quite lovely and scenic especially in the early morning of spring time in Japan. Cherry Blossoms! It was the end of the season for blossoming yet it is more beautiful when petals are flying in the air and landing on the earth. Well, I am obsessed with sakura. I’ll write about it separately. We first visited Yasuko Chan. She currently lives in Koizumi, Kesennuma by the ocean with her husband who she... Read The Rest →

Ladies at Shelter and OZABU

My mother visited the shelter with small pieces of kimono fabrics, threads, and samples a few weeks ago to make 4″x4″square quilts. They called them coasters but they are too nice to use on coffee cups! I’ll call them ozabu which can be translated to “honorable little cushions.” I think they are perfect to place some special art objects. We gathered at the meeting hall as usual and each lady brought ozabu and did show and tell.  Mrs. Oikawa brought 40 of them and Mrs. Moriya, who is laughing in... Read The Rest →

My Mother in Sendai

I wanted to share this warmhearted story from Sendai. Finding out what my mother had been doing comforted me and from this point, I knew she would be okay no matter what happens. When the earthquake hit, my mother was driving. She returned to her apartment on the 7th floor, an apartment building with 200 households on 15 floors. She turned off the circuit breaker, the water and the gas and laid down my 8’ long harp (jyuchichigen) and koto, but left everything else as it was. The earthquake had... Read The Rest →