Earlier this year, I went to a Japanese traditional dyeing event called ‘Some no Komichi’. It was a 3 day event held in the Ochiai/Nakai area, also known as the center for Tokyo’s traditional dyeing industry. A place where skilled craftsmen can still be seen in their workshops applying colors and patterns to kimono silks. Until 1960s, newly dyed cloths were being washed in the Myoshoji River. To celebrate the traditional craft, hand-dyed fabric were displayed in the ‘River Gallery’ over the Myoshoji River throughout the event. The shopping street was decorated with Noren (Traditional Japanese fabric dividers) that were specially designed and hand-dyed by craftsmen for the shops that participated. Local craftsmen living in the area also opened their workshops to public for viewing and some even offered a 1 day trial lesson for visitors to experience traditional Japanese dyeing techniques. Here are some pictures of the amazing 3 day event!
Sakura came and left very quickly. I think we only had one fine day with fairly clear blue skies this year during the Ohanami season. I’m glad I made it to Shinjuku Gyoen to have one last Ohanami before the rain came to take them away. The change of seasons really reminds you of how quickly time is passing!
I have a soft spot in my heart for Spring as everything in Japan starts in Spring and so did my move to Japan 8 years ago. I remember my first few days of school and how excited we were when the sakura trees outside our dormitory bloomed. Our hearts were filled with hope and excitement for the year ahead! ( Ah I was young…) What I love so much about sakura is how it adds a soft and gentle touch to our daily lives. I have recently moved to a new neighborhood and was delighted to find a quiet river lined with sakura trees. It was one of the most magical and beautiful sights ever. A hidden treasure!
Only Free Paper is a very cute shop in Shibuya filled with free promotional materials such as postcards, zines, brochures and leaflets. It is always enjoyable to visit as they have lots of information on upcoming events and guides to galleries and museums in Tokyo. Not to mention, the designs of the free papers are usually very cute and the paper quality is lovely too!
Besides free paper, they also have a small section of zines for sale. They started carrying our Polkaros lifestyle zine a few months ago and it has recently been restocked! Do drop by if you are in Shibuya and would like a copy!
The Polkaros ‘Japon’ zine is finally available in our store now! A big thank you to those who have shown interest and have waited patiently for this. Sorry it took me so long to upload it. This is the printed version of the handmade zine I made for the Hello Sandwich Tokyo Table booth during the MCA zine fair last year. It’s a little zine inspired by traditional Japanese crafts. Pop by our store if you are interested to get a copy!
Hello! My name is Ros Lee, a lifestyle product/ zakka designer based in Tokyo, Japan. Here you can see some of the things I do at work and in my free time. I love ceramics, textiles, felt, crafts, photography and traveling. Happy browsing and please feel free to leave me a comment!