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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…

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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,…

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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.…

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