Jane has just returned to Australia after co-hosting the 2018 BeBe Bold tour of Japan with Shuji Yamazaki of Wabi-Sabi Designs in Canberra, Australia. From the photos, it looks like they are having a really wonderful time, rich with discoveries of Japanese textiles, cuisine and historic sites (including the famous Philosopher's Walk in Kyoto).
On the Philosopher's Walk in Kyoto
The view from my hotel window in Yuza...
These are photos at the beach just a short stroll from our hotel in Yuza, such a dramatic scene. The snow and the surf at once! Jane and the tour group had the good fortune to attend workshops with renowned experts Japanese sensai (masters); including the highly sort-after Yuza Sashiko Workshop with Reiko Domon and the Yuza sashiko group in Yuza Machi.
A sample of Yuza Sashiko from the workshop
A few photos from the treasures at the Shibori Kaikan in Arimatsu.
A rare and extraordinary example of kogin at the Amuse Museum.
The tour joined a kogin class at the Kogin Institute in Hirosaki. Kogin can be a great feature on everyday garments. They loved this wonderful example on a jacket at the Kogin Institute.
And a visit to see Akiko Ike of Chiku Chiku fame in Niigata.
Pincushions from the Chiku Chiku workshop
Sample of Akiko Ike's work
Another striking sample of Akiko Ike's work.
Sashiko on the photographer's jeans, wonderful!