Saturday, April 10, 2010

I am here! Safely installed in a hotel across from the grounds of the Imperial Palace. Since I start my dyers workshop experience tomorrow I have a lot to do and see today. Not the least being the cherry blossoms around town. I made a hasty trip yesterday the visit Tanaka, the store where I buy the fabric for my noren, and restocked. Thank goodness they will ship the eight bolts home seamail so I do not have to carry them home in my luggage. I did buy a gorgeous book on bingata, the process I will be studying while I am here. It was heavy, but I wanted to savor it in my room in the evenings so I kept it. I also bought some precut stencils, not something I normally indulge in. Curiously the newly cut synthetic stencils cost more than twice as much as the older traditional stencils which were much more finely cut. They are more fragile of course, but very lovely and I will enjoy using them. Kira Benjamin,who will conduct the tour at the end of the week tells me there is a gorgeous katazome exhibit going on so I will make a point of visiting there today. More later.....

1 comment:

shiborigirl said...

most wonderful fabrics you can get there. one morning i walked from ginza to the palace very early-like 6 am on a sunday. very quiet and peaceful-hardly anyone about. you are having such fun!