This weekend saw the end of my first Autumn 2015 show, held in Matsumoto, Japan, at my usual venue there, Grain Note. It was good to see many regular clients and to make new acquaintances as well. Now, on to Tokyo, where I will be showing at Hako+ from September 25 for three days. After that, my online shop will open from October 5th. グレインノートでの展示も６年目になりました。
I have just opened a new online store to see if the shopping cart and other features are simpler to use and easier to access. You can reach this store by clicking on “online store” at the top of my home page. Also, I have recently added items some customers requested that I show as well.
Our online shop remains open. This week, I added some new items dyed in various colors, so please take a look at them! Also, I will put up one more summer piece in July, so please check back then as well.
Last night, we heard a public announcement broadcast by loudspeaker in our neighborhood warning us to expect heavy rain and that there was an increased risk of landslides in the area. In fact, we learned this morning that some 16,000 residents in nearby communities had been evacuated as a precaution. Though it rained, the amounts predicted never materialized, and we were spared the worst. I rushed about putting together an impromptu emergency kit of flashlights, rain gear, and the plush animals my son takes to bed with him should we have had to leave our house. He was doing his homework at the time and became a little upset with all the scurrying about, saying: “I don’t want to leave our house!”
Thanks to my many customers for using my online store. Thanks, too, for the many emails I have received thanking me for quickly shipping your purchases. Many have remarked that the colors of the garments they receive are much more vivid and richer than as they appeared on their computer screens.
I want to change the online store platform I now use to one that will more faithfully display colors of the garments. I will soon update store offerings, too, adding some things, after I complete my next round of dyeing, so please wait for this.
My son is enjoying the seasons as they change in Japan, compared with the seasons in Penang, Malaysia, where changes were more subtle.
His interests have changed too, moving from “indoor” diversions such as playing with Legos and watching videos in Penang to exploring the outdoors and all that it has to offer a young boy here. He is looking forward to: the emergence from underground of stag horn beetles soon, and to catching and studying beetles and other insects of all sorts; catching “kanahebi” (a kind of small lizard); and as autumn approaches to catching dragonflies, crayfish,…
The paddy across the narrow street from our house is a world all unto itself, a home to freshwater snails, “amembo” (a kind of pond skater), frogs (and the snakes which feed on them), tadpoles, leeches,…to swallows flying just above the water’s surface, especially as rain approaches, magpies, and even a pair of visiting ducks.
Making final preparations for my spring/summer online store. I have been taking photos, trying to capture faithfully the colors of the clothes I hand dyed, so you can see as well as possible what they would look like in person. This was not easy to do today: it rained here, and there was not always sufficient natural light available. I will take more photos tomorrow, so please wait a couple more days to see the results.
Off to Matsumoto soon to participate in this year’s annual Craft Fair there to be held the weekend of May 30–31. Upon our arrival on Friday afternoon, we will visit the Matsumoto Folk Art Museum, which I have wanted to see for some time. Then, two days at the Craft Fair itself. As in past years, I have rented a tent provided by the Craft Fair organization, but which tent is determined by drawing lots before the Fair opens on Saturday morning. So, please look around for me there, as at this point I am not sure exactly where I can be found.
At this time, the weather looks good for Saturday, though some rain is expected early Sunday morning. Saturday has always been by far the heaviest day for visitors, though.
Home in Nagano again, after a beautiful weekend in Tokyo where I held my spring show at “hako+” in Yoyogi-Uehara. The fine weather contributed to a good turnout, and I was pleased to meet many regular customers and to make new acquaintances. Next, the Matsumoto Craft Fair over the coming weekend, and after that my online shop opens in June.
The following photos show interior views of the former Matsumoto High School presently located in Agata-no-mori Park. I am looking forward to participating again in the annual Matsumoto Craft Fair, and look forward to seeing my many friends and customers during the two-day weekend event, held this year on May 30-31.