Every weekend this farmer’s market sets up in front of my building. I love it!
Kawagoe is a historic castle town that has an old Tokyo feel. It’s often referred to as “Little Edo”.
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.
I write him a note and leave it at Kumano Shrine.
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.
The flea market is fantastic. There are many textiles to choose from, but I’m looking for Boro which is highly collectable.
I find it!
Boro blanket (detail)
My sister and I found this vintage lace shop in Harajuku several years ago and I’m happy to have discovered it again. The store is very charming and I open several small drawers discovering a different lace collar in each one.
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.
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.
I purchase two pieces of Shibori and a couple of other vintage flower designs.
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”.
Yayoi Kusama’s installation “Love Is Calling” with a view of Tokyo through the window.
Konstantin Brancusi “The Kiss”