I want to share my wonderful trip to Japan with you and I am overwhelmed with the things we did, the photos I took number nearly 1000 and I haven't got my journal up to date.
I am very grateful that our sensei and host, Bryan, is sharing the tour of the Indigo Sisters on his blog,
he has all the correct technical terms of course, the names of the lovely Japanese people we met (I am sure some of them just came by to look at us, a group of eight Western woman of uncertain ages but strong personalities in a tiny mountain village in Japan) and a great knowledge of all things Japanese textile.
That is where I should begin, with a photo tour of Bryan's home, an old silk farm in the village of Fujino, about and hour and a quarter south west of Tokyo.
Bryan and his friends worked very hard to prepare the house for us,
even adding a wonderful electric Japanese toilet, and we were warm and comfortable and made very welcome.
It was a loo with a view...
We ate, studied, stitched and relaxed around this low wooden table, what stories it could tell...
Not much has changed over the years as this sketch from a book of life in Fujino c 1930 shows:
Every corner of the house was filled with a treasure to enjoy, a scene to delight the senses:
Beautiful glass work in the windows
and on the stairs
Sometimes we chose to work upstairs,
and hide from the rain and the thunder
Sometimes the sun shone and we worked outside
We marvelled at the looms and wonderful pieces of textile-related gorgeousness around the house
Those of us in need of a massage could enjoy the electric chair
but my favourite chair was really Snoopy's and everytime I moved she would reclaim it
Thank you Bryan, we felt so welcome, we moved in, took over your home and had a fantastic time.