Category Visits, Exhibitions, Galleries

Eiheiji Temple

Eiheiji, the ‘temple of eternal peace’, is one of Soto Zen’s two head temples. It is located deep in the mountains near the west coast of Japan. It is a beautiful, spiritual place and I enjoyed wandering around the many rooms amongst the monks who were carrying out their ‘walking meditation’. Although we were not […]

Kutaniyaki Art Museum

On my tour, I visited the Kutaniyami Art Museum, where there was a wonderful display of Kutani porcelain. Kanazawa started producing porcelain in the 17th Century, having learned the craft from craftsmen in Kyoto. The five main glazes used are red (antimony), yellow (rouge), green (copper oxide), blue (cobalt oxide) and purple (manganese oxide). Later […]

Kanazawa Yasue Gold Leaf Museum

Whilst in Kanazawa, I visited the Yasue Gold Leaf Museum. I’m mentioning it here on my Learning Blog because I was amazed to learn about the lengthy process used to make gold leaf and the old machinery and tools still being used today. Almost all golf leaf made in Japan is produced in Kamazawa. In […]

Samurai houses in Kanazawa

On a recent trip to Kanazawa, I visited the Samurai/Geisha area, where there were still some traditional Japanese buildings.  Japanese buildings are full of lines: vertical and horizontal and I am fascinated by them.  I took many photos in Kanazawa, many of which I feel can be used as the starting point for textile designs. […]

Mother’s Hands Exhibition in Kita-Kamakura

I was so lucky to get to this exhibition as it was only on for a few days and a friend-of-a-friend passed on the details. It was held in a wonderful old Japanese private house-turned museum and my friend and I a couple of hours there taking in the beautiful textiles and general ambience of […]

Tokyo International Great Quilt Fair – a report

This was my favourite piece of textile art at the Quilt Fair Research Point Is there a theme? The Quilt Fair is a huge exhibition of Textile Art – mostly Quilts and had a number of themes and categories.  There were categories for prizes e.g. best framed work.  There were other categories of Traditional Quilts, […]

Tokyo International Great Quilt Fair

I was very excited about visiting this fair but overall I was a little disappointed as the emphasis seemed to be on shopping for sewing supplies and exhibits of more traditional quilts rather than anything contemporary.  It was Craft-orientated rather than Art-orientated.  Having said that, I was drawn to several framed pieces, which really caught […]