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Every weekend this farmer’s market sets up in front of my building. I love it!

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Kawagoe is a historic castle town that has an old Tokyo feel. It’s often referred to as “Little Edo”.

 

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I’ve come here for the flea market, but today marks the second anniversary of my father’s death and I stop by this cemetery and think about the last couple of years without him.

 

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I write him a note and leave it at Kumano Shrine.

RIP Dad

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Every 28th day of the month, no matter what day, there is a flea market at Naritasan Betsuin Temple in Kawagoe. It’s my luck that April 28th falls on a Sunday and it’s a beautiful spring day. The light is stark and bright.

 

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The flea market is fantastic. There are many textiles to choose from, but I’m looking for Boro which is highly collectable.

 

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I find it!

Boro blanket (detail)

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This small and unassuming shop sells vintage fabric and there is some good stuff here! I climb the stairs to the second floor and the lady that answers the door seems surprised to see me. My impression is that few foreigners find this place. I’m a little bit overwhelmed as I’m looking through the remnants. There are so many interesting designs and they are expensive. I skip the silk and start searching through vintage cotton pieces, which is what I prefer anyway.

 

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I realize, as I’m looking, that I want fabric that has a painterly approach. I’m excited to see the dye and the hands in the process. I like the imperfections, like when a pattern bleeds or drips. I fall in love with the Shibori. Shibori is the Japanese art of tie-dyeing by binding, stitching, folding, twisting, compressing, or capping the fabric.

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I purchase two pieces of Shibori and a couple of other vintage flower designs.

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The Mori Art Museum is so high in the sky, it could sit on a cloud. The museum is housed on the top floors of the Mori Tower in Roppongi and has an incredible view of Tokyo. I visited last night for the opening of their 10th anniversary show titled “All You Need Is Love”. It’s the follow up to their inaugural exhibition titled “Happiness”.

 

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Yayoi Kusama’s installation “Love Is Calling” with a view of Tokyo through the window.

 

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Konstantin Brancusi “The Kiss”

http://www.mori.art.museum/english/contents/love/about/index.html