Today is a day of grief for Singaporeans as we say our goodbyes to Singapore’s founding father Mr. Lee Kuan Yew.
I must say as a teenager living in Singapore, I was never really appreciative and have always wanted to leave Singapore in search of culture, creativity and freedom. After living in Japan for 10 years and having to travel a lot for work, I now realise how much freedom and mobility I actually have as a Singaporean. I wouldn’t have gotten to where I am now without the stability in my home country. I was given an equal chance as my peers or someone in a developed country to pursue my dreams. This equality did not come easy and we must never forget the hardship that has brought us here.
Thank you Mr. Lee for the fight that has not only provided us with a comfortable life but the equal rights and freedom to pursue our dreams as Singaporeans.
* * * * * The five stars on our national flag depict Singapore’s ideals of democracy, peace, progress, justice and equality. May these ideals continue to guide us as a nation.
More from ‘Some No Komichi 染の小道’. Besides outdoor exhibition, there were also many indoor workshops that you could participate in to learn more about traditional dyeing techiques. Here in Futaba-en, you can try dyeing your own textile with Edo dyeing techniques.
Futaba-en also had a small shop and cafe area at the back during the event. They created a very nice space with modern products made with traditional techniques. The music selection was also perfect!
Once a year, my neighbourhood comes to life in an event called ‘Some no Komichi 染の小道’. The Ochiai/Nakai district used to be filled with up to 300 small dyeing factories from Showa period to 1950′s. Today it is still home to some artisans and is a meeting place for people who are interested to learn about Japanese dyeing techniques. This 3-day event usually held during the last weekend of February, celebrates its dyeing heritage with colorful hand-dyed textile and hands-on dyeing workshops. Shopfronts are decorated with hand-dyed ‘Noren’ (Japanese curtains) and colorful dyed kimono cloths are raised over the Myoshoji river where dyed clothes used to be washed. Many visitors come dressed in kimono which makes it feel like you have traveled back in time.
Duration: 27 Feb ~ 1 Mar 2015 (Usually held on the last weekend of February each year)
Closet station: Nakai Station on the Seibu Shinjuku line/ Toei Oedo Line
Event map: http://www.somenokomichi.com/2015map
Official Site (mostly in Japanese): http://www.somenokomichi.com/
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Introducing our first series of Tenugui, handprinted by local craftsmen in Gujo city, Gifu prefecture, Japan. This series is inspired by four of our favorite traditional Japanese patterns: Seigaiha (blue), Kikotsunagi (red), Uroko (green) and Mizuhiki(yellow).
Our Tenugui are now available at Takara Gallery in Gujo city. Here are so some pictures courtesy of Takara Galley.
A picture of the silkscreens that were used to print our Tenugui.
For those living outside of Japan, you can also get them at our online store now.
Takara Gallery & Workroom is a silkscreen studio located in Gugo city in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. They aim to increase interest in traditional Japanese towel known as Tenugui through their hands-on Tenugui silkscreen classes and gallery shop that features Tenugui, Furoshiki and other Japanese textile related products by selected artists. We are honored to have our Tenugui produced by skilled craftsmen at Takara gallery and happy to see our products in their shop!
Gujo city is a popular holiday spot for many Janpanese and also recognised as the birthplace of silkscreening industry in Japan. According to Maho-chan, owner of Takara Gallery, the best time to visit is in Summer when they have the biggest dance festival called Gujo-Odori. If you are planning a trip to Japan, perhaps you can consider dropping by Takara Gallery in Gujo city for a hands-on experience on making your own Tenugui!
Here are some pictures of their workshops.
Here’s a very lovely video by Takara Gallery. Do take some time to watch it!