Anything Japanese

Mino – the ancient washi paper town

Posted on July 18, 2018 by Toothpicker

The preserved townscape of Minoshi
 
I think many people who are interested in Japanese paper would have heard of Mino washi paper, especially after it was was designated an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2014. The origin of this paper dates back to the Nara period (710 ~ 784 CE), and is [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Architecture, Stationery, Travel, Paper art & craft, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Architectural conservation, Japan, washi paper and was tagged with Food & dining, Japan, Architectural conservation, Japanese architecture, Mino, washi paper, Japanese stationery


Mr Shindo's shibori map of Arimatsu

Posted on July 15, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
One big mistake I made when I was planning my trip was that I underestimated the traveling and transferring time of using the public transport in Japan. Trains are punctual and frequent if you are traveling to major and more populated cities, but it becomes more complicated if you want to go [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Exhibitions, Architecture, Fashion, Travel, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Contemporary craft, Architectural conservation, Designers & artists, Design, Japan, Textiles, natural dyeing, shibori, indigo dyeing and was tagged with Japanese designs, Japanese designers, traditional crafts, Japan, textiles, natural dyeing, shibori, indigo dyeing, suzusan, Arimatsu, Nagoya, House of Takeda


Hiroyuki Shindo's Little indigo museum in Miyama

Posted on July 12, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
Sometimes it doesn't matter how much planning you do before your trip, things would still go wrong... but miraculously, some kind strangers/ locals would appear out of nowhere to help you out. I am sure many people have had these experiences when they travel, and I think it is probably the most [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Travel, Art, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Kyoto, Contemporary craft, Designers & artists, Japanese art, Textiles, natural dyeing, shibori, indigo dyeing and was tagged with museums, Kyoto, Japanese art, Japan, textiles, indigo dyeing, The little indigo museum, Miyama, Hiroyuki Shindo


I.M. Pei's Shangri-La – Miho Museum

Posted on July 9, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
"The Peach Blossom Land" was a Chinese fable written by poet Tao Yuanming in 421 CE about a fisherman's discovery of a hidden valley - an ethereal utopia where contented people lead an ideal existence in harmony with nature, unaware of the outside world for centuries. It is similar to the mystical and [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Nature, Art, Anything Japanese, Kyoto, Contemporary, Japan and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, Kyoto, contemporary architecture, cherry blossom, Miho museum


Textiles of Hiroshi Saito at Honen-in in Kyoto

Posted on July 5, 2018 by Toothpicker

 

Honen-in temple by the Philosopher's path
 
The older I get, the more I believe that everything happens for a reason, which includes the people we encounter over the course of our lifetime. And since I started running my own business, I discovered that when you follow your heart and passion, you are [...]

This post was posted in Japanese design, Travel, Anything Japanese, Kyoto, Contemporary craft, Designers & artists, Design, Japan, Textiles, natural dyeing and was tagged with Japanese designs, Kyoto, temples, contemporary crafts, textiles, natural dyeing, Hiroshi Saito


'Kanko kogai' (tourism pollution) in Kyoto

Posted on July 2, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
The usually tranquil Philosopher's path was full of tourists with selfie sticks during the cherry blossom period
 
I have been warned and I knew when I struggled to find accommodations three months before my trip, yet I still went to Kyoto during the sakura season. It was not my plan to visit [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Social issues, Anything Japanese, Kyoto, Japan, Mass tourism and was tagged with nature, Kyoto, Japan, cherry blossom, mass tourism


Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail (Day 2)

Posted on June 29, 2018 by Toothpicker

 

Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine
 
Since I missed the Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine yesterday, I decided to visit the shrine before starting my walk today as it is one of the most three important shrines on the pilgrimage route, as well as the head shrine of over 3,000 Kumano shrines across [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Anything Japanese, Hiking & walking, Japan and was tagged with hiking, nature, Japan, walking, Kumano Kodo


From Koyasan to Kumano Kodo

Posted on June 27, 2018 by Toothpicker

When I was planning my Japan trip, I came across an article about the ancient pilgrimage trail, Kumano Kodo, in the Wakayama region. Despite numerous visits to Japan over the years, I have never heard of this trail before. I became interested and started researching about the trail. Unlike the famous pilgramge [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Anything Japanese, Hiking & walking, Japan and was tagged with hiking, nature, Japan, Kumano Kodo


Let the journey begin... in Japan

Posted on June 20, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
When I decided to take a sabbatical for 6 months, I wanted to switch off from running a business and focus more on myself. For years, I have been doing various part time courses on textiles esp. indigo dyeing and shibori (Japanese resist dyeing), and so the sabbatical was a good opportunity [...]

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The wonders of Musee Guimet

Posted on September 17, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
Undoubtedly, Paris is a city with many outstanding world-class museums and art galleries, but sometimes the sheer volume of visitors at Louvre, Musee D'Orsay and Grand Palais is simply overwhelming and off-putting. Hence, I would rather spend my time lingering at some excellent but lesser known or less popular museums. And one [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Travel, Paris, Art, Anything Japanese, Gardens & parks, Japanese art, Asian art, contemporary, Sculptures, French art and was tagged with paris, gardens, Japanese art, sculptures, Asian art, Buddhist art, French art, Musee Guimet, Prune Nourry


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