Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A Few Souvenirs

I am enrolled in a 5 day class at Fibre Arts Winter School, it is based on "a journey" and we have to collect bits and pieces for inspiration. I emailed the UK teacher and she suggested 
I collect things from this break away.
 I am also hoping to do a piece on "a walk along the Werribee River". Have found a 4 inch rusted nail, some barb wire etc on a short stroll along the river and street.
 Inspiration pieces:
covers from chop stix's, a small piece of kimono silk, postcards, tickets, Japan Mail stamps, origami cranes, 2 small hand towels, bookmarks, cord, etc.
 John bought these beautiful bowls sets, 2 large and 4 small.
I was surprised, as he does not buy anything when we go away.
I bought some fabric at the Quilt Festival, saw these covered taupe hexi's, 100 for Yen 1,000 
(approx $12.05 AUD each packet)
Should have bought more. But don't think about it until it is too late.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Woke to an Australia Day Sunrise

 Our Captain wished us all a happy Australia Day.
The Flight Director wished all those arriving home, a huge Welcome Home.
You don't realise until you fly in, what an amazing country this is and we are so lucky to live here.
 Arriving in Sydney to a wet and hazy morning.
I was excited to see that on the 2 International legs of the flight, I would be flying in my favourite plane, 747-400 Series. We were off loaded in Sydney coming home, from one plane to another, with an hours delay, due to a dodgy fuel pump,  the crew did everything they could to get us going again, very impressed.
Flying into Melbourne, it is so dry out there.
Now have come down to earth, with the washing on!!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Kite Museum

 We had a couple of hours to fill in this afternoon, visited the Kite Museum.
It is on the 5th floor of a restaurant, it is the hobby of the owner of the restaurant below.
 A selection of the paper kites.
We noticed they had many cloth badges from worldwide kite flying events, Bondi Beach in Sydney has an annual competition.

My last posting before we head off to the airport in an hour.
Many thanks for following our week's trip here in Tokyo, hope you have enjoyed seeing some of the sights, Cheers Jenni and John

Tsukiji Fish Market and Sushi Class

While I went to Nippori, John booked a tour of the fish market and a sushi making class.
If you would like to witness the fish auctions of the massive size tuna etc, you have to line up at 3am in the morning, as they take only a certain amount to view it from the gallery. Perhaps next time!

 The Master showing how to fillet.
 An assistant.
 Boning his fish.

 John's finished dish of sushi.

Nippori Textile Town and Origami Museum

Caught the train this morning to Nippori to the fabric street.
 I bought 3 m of fabric for the backing of my Japan Memories quilt, I always do this silly thing, only afterwards do I think "why didn't I buy more".
Total came to Yen1568 = approx. $20AUD.
 This store is the well known one for it's 5 floors of fabric, very overwhelming!!
 Wonder what the reference to the tomato is??

 Saw these tiny pair of shoes in a window, made out of cardboard.
 One shop had 100 pieces of quilted fabric for Yen 2,500 a pack.
 Embroidery threads.
 This bike was locked in a no bike zone and therefore received a paper parking ticket.
 The local fire truck, I asked the man what the bikes with the eskys were for, he said in broken English, "drinks for fireman when fighting fire". The other day we were walking towards Tokyo Rail Station and 2 fire trucks with sirens blasting came up the road. We laughed because the fireman in the passenger seat had a loud haler screaming on it with his head out the window, must have been telling the traffic to get out of his way.
Cars certainly moved away.
After Nippori caught a train 1 stop away to Akahabara, changed lines to stop 2 more stations to visit the Origami Museum. This morning took a photo of the google map, it worked well, found after a 6min walk from the station.
 The museum is free to get in and well worth the visit.
 Everything on display is made by hand and paper.

 The Grand Master was demonstrating his skills at paper folding.
I was amazed that as he spoke, he did not look at what he was folding.
He started the art at 30 and is now 74 years old, so he has  had a lot of practice.
He made a camel, and those watching were given 3 attempts at flipping the camel and hoping it would land on it's feet. I did it on the 3rd go. He laughed as I was the only left hander too try.
We received a paper crane as a prize.
If anyone goes to Tokyo, this museum is highly recommended as a visit.