To finish up my gushy Japan posts (at least for a while), I have to feature some crafty goodness. Some of these items may turn into presents, so if you’re my mother-in-law, STOP READING NOW. Everyone else, enjoy!
Craft shops in Japan are a little harder to find than you might expect. But when you find them, watch out. The famous Yuzawaya in Kamata (southern Tokyo) is virtually its own town, comprised of 11 buildings and a giant Knitting Ram clock.
Every town should be so lucky.
I also discovered a new crafting store in Nagoya’s Sakae shopping district, which I imagine is like the Fifth Avenue of Cleveland, whatever that might be.
Now for some show-and-tell:
A set of adorable “Animal Complex” fabric – five sweet little swatches. Now is really the time to take up sewing.
Crafty, semi-evil-looking bunnies. Note the one full-bodied bunny in the bottom left corner. Score!
Giraffe, baby chick, and bullet train patches.
A nuigurumi kitty kit that I will make. Believe it or not, this will be my first felt toy. Hope I’m ready to make it in Japanese. Results soon, hopefully.
And my personal favorite:
This ribbon reminds us how proud we should be of our accomplishments in sitting. Of course, if most of my (non-English-speaking) Japanese friends were to tell you what this ribbon reads, it would be a different story entirely.
And now that it’s really springtime, I should probably go out and do something in New York.