Wayo Secchu: Butterfly Bow and Kanzashi

When talking about Japan, what image does it give you? Cities of neon lightings? Or traditional shrines and Torii gates? Of course, both can represent Japan. It’s a big country after all (Psst, it’s bigger than the whole of the UK). But to me, there is another side of Japan that I really like and often overlooked by other people. It’s the hybrid of Western and Japanese ideas. Wayo Secchu: Combining the West and the…

Restarting Website, and My First Custom-Made Item

Journey restarted It has been a very long time since I wrote anything here. I wish I could do a bit more work on the website but I’m not exactly good at writing. I have been using Instagram and Facebook to showcase my work because they are more picture-orientated, but I guess it is also important to have a website of ourselves in case anything goes wrong. I guess it will be easier for me…

Dainty work: Tsumami-zaiku Kanzashi

In my first blog post, I made a brief introduction on the art of knot-making in Japan. Of course, like many other people, my love of Japanese craft doesn’t stop there. Today I am going to write about another type of Japanese traditional craft which I spent most of my time on making. This will be another one of my longer articles, but I promise this will be interesting. The Name itself In the West,…

Cast off – How I learnt to knit

I still remember the time when my granny used to knit (that was over 20 years ago). She and her circle of friends used to work on big projects like adult-size sweaters with complicated patterns. I asked my grandma to teach me knit, but for some reason it never happened. And as I grew up and overwhelmed by homework, exams, and other things that I was expected to do, I have completely forgotten about it.…

A bit of fun – Pom pom making

Does anyone remember the time when we were using an ordinary mobile phone. By ordinary I mean flip phones, slip phones and Nokia 3210. Phone charms were very popular at the time and there were all sorts of designs, one of which was pom pom. And if you want to make you own, you will need a pom pom maker. I wasn’t that interested in phone charms, but somehow my mum thought it was a…

Turning point: Start of Craftsmanship and Mizuhiki

I have always been interested in Japanese art and crafts, but I never thought that would became the turning point of my life – I started searching for all the different ways of making mizuhiki knots on the internet and gradually became a self-taught accessory craftsman. Interestingly, the word “musubi”, meaning knot, can also means “connection-making”. I have learnt many different craft skills since. But this time, I would like to talk about my first…