A traditional Japanese room often has a hanging scroll (kakemono) displayed in the alcove (tokonoma). Fuchin, small tasseled weights, are sometimes hung from the bottom roller ends of the scroll. Besides being decorative, fuchin help to take out any creases in the scroll and prevent it from blowing around in a breeze. They are typically made of ceramic or stone such as onyx. They are quite lovely and I often come across them at the markets.
I bought these two delightful cotton handkerchiefs at a market ages ago and had forgotten all about them until I started on my New Year’s house cleaning.
They are made from super soft, very fine Japanese cotton and depict two old varieties of Japanese iris, ‘dewanominazuki’ and ‘jitsugetsu’. Continue reading Handkerchiefs, magical Japanese iris designs
Cherry bark work (sakura-kawa-zaiku) is a handicraft from Akita prefecture in the north- eastern part of Honshu, the main island of Japan. It uses peeled cherry bark from mountain cherry trees (yamazakura) to make items such as small plates, tea caddies or letter cases.
I came across this whimsical modern chawan at the market and thought it would make a fun addition to my collection of tea cups. I was attracted by the bright fresh colors and the unusual design of rats gnawing a large white daikon radish.
I spent a few days participating in the Japan Writers conference and basking in the glorious autumn sunshine and open blue sky in the charming old castle town of Morioka, Iwate prefecture. (October, 2014). Continue reading Nambu cast iron ware, Morioka
This brilliantly colored Shoza style Kutani porcelain tea set originates from Ishikawa prefecture. Continue reading Kutani ware tea set, Shoza style
- I spent a few days last week in Brisbane with my sister, Anne. She had recently attended a cushion making workshop and I asked her to teach me using my vintage kimono silk. After several hours work we ended up with this gorgeous pair of cushions!