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Wayo Secchu: Butterfly Bow and Kanzashi November 2, 2016 – Posted in: Accessories, Crafts

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 October 1, 2016 – Posted in: Accessories, Crafts

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 June 5, 2016 – Posted in: Accessories, Crafts

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 May 1, 2016 – Posted in: Accessories, Crafts

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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