Hello my dear readers,
This post is a continuation on my monthly Needle Quest with Sew In Love. This month, our topic is Japan. I could have written all about Japan throughout February. Really.. There are so many things that came through my mind when I saw this theme. Some of them include:
LOL.. and the list goes no.. However, I rather stick to my personal experience with Japan. I’m lucky to visit this lovely country 3 times so far.
First when I was 15 on a school exchange program for about 2 weeks.
We were touring between Hiroshima and Tokyo. This was in 1997. It was the best trip in my life. Considering my first time travelling out of the country without my parents and I got to be with my friends. Is my first time to Disneyland and my first time experiencing Snow. To many of us who has spent most of our life in
a tropical country, can you imagine, how crazy we were when we see snow.. LOL
Be mindful, there were many of us (high school age) LOL… so you can imagine the kind of mischief we are up too. Yup, now thinking back, I wonder how the teachers managed all of us crazy high school kids :D.
Then in 2001, I had another home stay exchange experiences when I was 19. This time, we were more mature and we had more control with our itinerary. We had fun traveling around Kansai Area~ Kobe, Nara, Osaka and Kyoto.
This time, I’ve had the chance to dress up in kimono. I took a shot with my host. It took about 45 minutes to get dress up. There were many layers of cloths to wear and the finally a huge bow to be tied around the waist. Is quite an interesting experiences for me and all I have to do was to stand and wait to be doll up :D.
In 2011, I had a another chance in visiting Tokyo again. This time, was for my honeymoon. Emm.. the thing is, I can’t remember where I’ve put all the photos for this. LOL.. I think my hubby was too busy trying out all the ramen and I was just being happy soaking up in all the shopping.
As for Needlework, I must say, I have the opportunity to work on my first piece of Japanese Embroidery in 2012. This is such long hours of stitching (I cannot remembered how long I took to complete this piece, but I must say it has definitely tested my patient.) Japanese Embroidery is really very technical and there were many techniques to learnt. I really do hope that I can continue with Japanese Embroidery some point later in my life (especially when I have more money, cos the Silk cloth and Silk thread do cost alot)
And If you recall earlier, I did a Cross stitch card for a lovely friend who loves Geisha.
I’ve also did this over the past few weeks, ~Sashiko Embroidery.
I must say the Geometrical Shapes Had caught my attention. This is my first piece completed. I’ve not thought about what I’m going to do with it yet, but I had fun stitching it.
I’m sorry for such a long post, I do have so many things to write and share about Japan. This country is fill with many exquisite crafts and beautiful scenery. The Japanese people are very creative, kind, passionate, hospitable and patient people. For me, I will definitely return to Japan one day for more touring and shopping adventures.
In the meantime, I wish you a happy crafting weekend ahead. 😀