Handkerchiefs, magical Japanese iris designs

Handkerchief, Kamo Nurseries, Japanese iris ‘dewanominazuki’,
Handkerchief, Kamo Nurseries, Japanese iris old variety 'jitsugetsu'
Handkerchief, Kamo Nurseries, Japanese iris ‘jitsugetsu’

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

Peeled Cherry Bark Wares: sakura-kawa-zaiku

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.

Cherry Bark letter case lid
Cherry Bark letter case lid

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Chawan tea cup

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.

Daikon -ku Chawan
Daikon -ku Chawan

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Nambu cast iron ware, Morioka

Morioka city, Kitakami river
Morioka city, Kitakami river

 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

Kutani ware tea set, Shoza style

Kutani tea set 1
Kutani tea set

This brilliantly colored Shoza style Kutani porcelain tea set originates from Ishikawa prefecture. Continue reading Kutani ware tea set, Shoza style

Vintage kimono silk cushions

  • 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!
Vintage Japanese silk and cotton kasuri cushions
Vintage Japanese silk and cotton kasuri cushions: front and back view

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Sei aizome indigo dyed cotton: ‘mukei bunkazai’

Sei aizome mukei bunkazai 2

This is a very beautiful bolt of high quality indigo dyed cotton for making a Japanese yukata (summer kimono).  It is marked ‘mukei bunkazai’ Continue reading Sei aizome indigo dyed cotton: ‘mukei bunkazai’