It was a strange week here. We were hit with the biggest storm in decades. For most of us, all was and is well, but for some, the big typhoon brought flooding, landslides, evacuation, even tragic loss of life.
David and I were grateful to be in our sturdy building, on the 5th of 8 floors, with no loss of power or water. We were prepared with plenty of food, flashlights, and all devices fully charged. We kept our heavy outer curtains closed, and hunkered down. (I just looked up the literal definition of "hunker down" and came across this funny definition from urban dictionary. No, we did not play this game - but we ate plenty of junk food).
It was a time for ... Netflix, reading, stitching. I'm working on a new, small sashiko project -
We had 30+ hours of continuous heavy rain. Some strong winds, and even a small earthquake in the middle of it all.
The next morning we were happy to see this old soul still standing strong in our nearby park:
A couple days before the storm, I was at sashiko class at Blue and White, where all the talk was on storm prep. I finished sewing up this little pouch - for keeping my sashiko things tidy and portable. Design is by our sensei, Kazuko Yoshiura.
The motif is scissors or thread snips - hasami (はさみ) -
I prefer using small scissors on a lanyard when I stitch:
Meanwhile, I've started to introduce sashiko to some ladies here from my church, in small groups now and then, casual and simple - but I keep forgetting to take photos! Small groups are ideal for learning just about anything!
In other news, last week a few of us went to the nearby neighborhood of Asakusa. It has an old Japan feel -- well, with a touristy veneer. Just off the beaten path is this charming gift shop, Ufufu, where we saw so many treasures - bags and wonderful furoshiki (風呂敷) wrapping cloths. Corrie and I had met the owner, Ito-san, at a class we took together.
Not *everything* in my life needs to be indigo! ;)
|Julie W, Corrie, Ito-san, me, Aya|
Here's another group of friends - hope they enjoyed their photo shoot.
They stood stock still for so long - good little doggies. You never know what you might see on the streets of Tokyo. ;) .
Thanks for reading - til next time -