Dear newsletter readers,
Konnichiwa! Ogenki desuka? Yoko desu!
Hope everyone is enjoying the last weekend of August.
By Chinese lunar calender, we are supposed to be in Autumn now, but it is still super hot during the day in Japan and I still cannot live without my summer shorts and sleeveless shirts! Atsui desu!
But faintly, it is funny, but I am starting to smell the Autumn in the air, and gradually, I can tell by the colors in the sky and sunset in the afternoon, it is shifting to Autumn. Dragonflies are making circles over the rice patties, and Tsuku-Tsuku-Boshi are crying out to remind us that Autumn is coming.
The above photo is taken yesterday on my way home from work, I love driving in this beautiful sunset which is about to change to Autumn sunset. Though we had record breaking duration of sizzling hot summer days this year, we are definitely starting to listen weak steps of Autumn along the way. Omachi shite ma-su.
During my long summer Obon holidays, I took a short trip to Nagoya with my kids and parents. What is in Nagoya?
Well, there is a town in Nagoya I have been wanting to visit. The town is called Arimatsu, yes, the city that originated THE Armatsu Shibori(tie-dye). From my short research on internet, the area seemed rather cozy and quiet at this time of year, but I thought it would be a very nice place for a quick vacation with my kids and parents. Oh! by the way, we enjoyed nice Onsen and meals (Matsuzaka gyu-) on the way, of course! hehehe
Arimatsu town was originated in 1608 in Tokaido by eight migrants from other parts in Aichi perfecture and became very famous for their Shibori dyeing techniques and products. The place is also known by #41 of 'Stations Of The Tokaido' by Hiroshige Ando, Ukiyoe artist. Please check! So! about 400 years ago, people in Arimatsu started tie-dyeing with vegetables dyes, especially indigo, on cotton and other fabrics. They developed more than a hundred ways of making incredible patterns on a cloth by Shibori! Travelers passing though the Tokaido back then would buy Yukata or Tenugui, hand towels, to mop up sweat, and in this way, Airmatsu-shibori became quite popular throughout Japan.
If you are interested, they have Arimatsu shibori festival held on the first weekend of June! I probably go back for the festival next year!!
Here are some fabrics with shibori(tie-dye) technique!!
Wishing you a lovely weekend everyone!
Here is a photo of Marin with my parents's Shiba. You can see Marin is not wanting to make an eye contact!! hahaha