An Ode to Japanese Fabric

I just raed a really great article  on Japanese culture, history, and japanese fabric.  It is written by Gary Bloom, owner of an online store Kyoto Collection.

This is a really good source to help you get into the mind of a Japanese. Here is a short cart of it….

“I started buying and selling new and vintage fabric soon after I made Kyoto my home in 1998 and I’m still just as enthralled by the city in general and textiles in particular all these years later.

I hadn’t planned on making fabric my focus before I got here, but it didn’t take long for me to get hooked on Kyoto’s famed monthly temple markets, rousing myself before dawn on market days to go treasure hunting and practice some Japanese in the process.

I had a second hand extendable camping backpack that I’d bought with outdoor adventuring in mind that I instead requisitioned for use on market mornings.  Though I never have gotten around to the camping, that pack has more than earned its keep, stuffed full like a fisherman’s creel by mid-morning on so many occasions with kimono and other finds!

There are many angles from which we can look at this fascinating world-material and how it’s woven, dyeing techniques, motifs, and the way in which a given fabric was used by its owner.

Here, rather than try to write an encyclopedic overview, I’d like to explore the world of Japanese fabric in more general terms that put it in a larger context and give a sense of the dynamism that makes it such a rewarding and sometimes addictive pursuit.”

Get on over there and take a look at it!

Reason Why I Fell In Love In Japan

Last month, I toured Japan for 3 weeks with Amazing experiences. As you recognize, I was extremely thrilled. I had high expectations for a nation that I had for years fantasized regarding seeing. And when you have high expectations, you can be quickly disappointed. Yet Japan really did not disappoint– it exceeded my assumptions. I liked Japan! Liked it beyond anything I anticipated. The food, individuals, the style, the society– it was happiness. Simply just how much did I like it? Let me count the ways:

The holy places of Japan are gorgeous. The bells, the Zen yards, the bamboo, as well as the torii gateways actually do impart a feeling of tranquility and serenity. I’m going to produce one of these for my future residence.

Sushi was among the important things I was most anticipating eating while in Japan. Nevertheless, Japan is the native home of sushi. Even the most awful sushi I had was still comparable to the average sushi I have actually had elsewhere in the world. The sushi trains (those little conveyer-belt sushi shops) also had great toro (top notch tuna)! And the most effective sushi? The Michelin star, drain-your-wallet kind? So good, it makes you weep splits of pleasure. The taste, the soft appearance, the wet rice– paradise.

I couldn’t get over just how surprisingly courteous every person was. People headed out of their means to be valuable. While getting lost trying to find my Couchsurfing host, a guy strolled me right to the address to make certain I arrived. A safety card that talked no English simply strolled me to the ATM since he could not describe the directions. There was always an offer of helpfulness at the smallest sign of confusion. There was always an apologetic “sorry”– also the signs, when allowing individuals understand something was not allowed, began with “sorry.” There is simply a courtesy and also helpfulness that permeates the spirit of Japan.

The lady that ran out of her house to speak with our scenic tour team. The man that let everybody take 1,000 pictures of his canine. The university student to which I provided English lessons. The proprietor of the noodle store that talked no English however intended to have a phony game of baseball with me when I told him I was American. The old couple who simply smiled at me while I ate at their sushi restaurant and also offered me a thumbs up every time I stated oishii (“delicious” in Japanese). The man who aided me position my order in Japanese and was stunned when I knew the names of fish in Japanese. Everybody was simply valuable and genuinely friendly.

The Spectacular Maple Bonsai

The maple bonsai is one of the most spectacular styles of bonsai that can be grown. Like many other bonsai, the maple bonsai must be replanted once every year or two, dependent on the type of maple that you have.

Japanese maples tend to be used, as this species of tree is traditionally associated with bonsai growing. As the art of bonsai growth has evolved, other forms of maple bonsai have come to the forefront, especially in the United States and Canada.

When caring for a maple bonsai, you need to learn about maple trees in general. A maple bonsai has the same care rules as a fully grown maple of the same species.

A maple bonsai needs additional care due to the fact that it is grown in such a small pot. When looking for this information, you should use resources specific to the maple bonsai tree, as typical tree tending does not include this information.

Some forms of maple bonsai do not take well to extremely cold temperatures. A greenhouse may be required for storing your maple bonsai if you live in a colder region that goes beyond the normal habitat of these trees.

If you are interested in purchasing a maple bonsai, you can buy seeds, a seedling, or even a full grown tree through an online vendor, or you can inquire about these trees at your local garden or plant nursery.