One evening, after a day of filming, the film crew took me to an Onsen run by a 3rd generation Onsen owner. The Hyotan Hot Springs … Read More > about Onsen, What has drawn people to Beppu for Centuries
The Bamboo vocational arts training center is in Oita, the Southern part of Japan. It was decided to establish the school in that … Read More > about The Show Room, Bamboo Vocational School
After a morning looking at Tanabe-san's families artwork we had a lovely lunch at a nearby restaurant. During a tour of the … Read More > about Tanabe Chikuunsai iv studio visit part 2
This morning found me riding in a taxi with crocheted seat covers, which appealed to the fiber artist in me. After the … Read More > about A studio visit with Tanabe Chikuunsai IV
I felt very grateful to be able to spend a day with Morgami Jin and his family, visiting a bamboo factory, splitting bamboo, and … Read More > about Weaving a basket with Morgami Jin, Part 3
After spending a morning in a bamboo factory with Morgami Jin, I had the good fortune of receiving a private bamboo … Read More > about A studio visit with Morgami Jin and his wife, part 2.
I left Portland August 4th, very excited by the possibility of meeting artists who work with the same material I do, of visiting … Read More > about Morgami Jin and Nagai Seichiku factory
Yesterday I was in the midst of preparing to teach at the National Basketry Conference and hosting my sister and her two adorable … Read More > about Who Do you Want To Meet in Japan?
Soon I will be taking off on a trip I've been wishing to take since I first found bamboo, in 1999. A while back I contacted a … Read More > about Chosen for the T.V. Show “Who wants to come to Japan?”