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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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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…

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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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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…

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