I went to Sapporo and while I was there walked past Odori Park, one of the
venues of the world famous Yuki Matsuri (Snow Festival) which will be held next
week. The park is closed off as the ski slope and giant sculptures are being
built.The park is about eight or ten
blocks long and it is interesting to see what was happening a week before the
festival begins.These photos were taken
from across the street in the midst of falling snow, so they aren’t the best.
If you are interested in seeing what the giant blocks of snow behind the
scaffolding might turn out to look like, take a look at this post from last
fabric/craft store, Kanariya, is a block off of Odori Park, so I stopped in
there.If they didn’t have signs warning
a person not to take photographs in the store, I would love to be able to show
you it all. I do understand the STOP NOT ALLOWED kanji, so I didn’t take any
pictures in the store.I went in looking
for some specific beads and SoNo beading thread but found neither.I saw quite a few things that looked
interesting, but living in a small apartment makes one think twice about stash
train ride is about an hour each way, so I always have a stitching project with
me.This is what I brought along on
yesterday’s ride to work on.
called Huck Weaving or Swedish Embroidery and these two little dish towels are my first attempt at
this technique. The thread, towels, and a page of instruction were a clearance
packet from the Nordic Needle and I think a nice introduction. It’s a good train project, requiring neither
great concentration nor vision. If you aren’t already familiar with huck
weaving, you might be interested in knowing the needle doesn’t pierce the
fabric. The thread goes under “floats” on top, so no thread is seen on the
back.I may not be able to wait until my
next train trip to work on these.I’ll
post pictures when I finish them.
working on the beaded edge scissor set last week and was looking around for
something else to try out the beaded edging on. With plain black Mill Hill beads,
I did the front of this black sweater. At first I tried to get a flat edge, but
to do that I had to space the beads and I didn’t like the gaps.The ruffled look wasn’t what I anticipated,
but I like it. Here are photos buttoned and unbuttoned.The sweater color is actually black, but
looks different/lighter in the photos. Also, please excuse the wrinkles that resulted from having it wadded up in my lap when I was stitching.
often see anyone wearing sunglasses here, even with the bright snow.Most people living here have dark eyes and
maybe the sun doesn’t affect them so much.I have grey eyes and am very sun sensitive. I almost always wear
sunglasses when I am outdoors in the daytime. I have dark prescription sunglasses and indoor
glasses that turn dark when I am in sunlight.They don’t lighten up as fast as I’d like when I come indoors, but
otherwise I like them.Recently someone
asked me about wearing dark glasses.She
thought it strange for me to wear dark glasses and told me only the Yakuza
(mafia) wear dark glasses in Japan.Really?
put a few more stitches in the silk gauze neko.
finished the beaded fringe and have been working on the beaded embellishment on
the body of the shawl.There’s no
diagram or pattern to tell me what to stitch where.I’m just making it up as I go along.
I’ve said before, I never really know what is going on.I thought I was agreeing to go to lunch, but
I found out I was agreeing to perform in public.
what happened.At the beginning of hula class,
one of the teachers was making an announcement.I always try to look like I’m paying attention, even when I have no idea
what is being said. One of my class mates asked me if I would be teaching an
English class a week from Tuesday. I said no, I was free all day.She said she would pick me up at noon.Doesn’t that sound like lunch? Next thing I
know, they are talking about what color skirts to wear.That doesn’t sound like lunch. That’s when I
found out I had agreed to performing with the group.I tried to tell them I’m not ready, I’m not
good enough. They kept telling me jozu. No, I’m not!Well, it’s going to be the white skirt and
someone is loaning me the shirt and flowers to match everyone else. We had an
extra hour of practice after the two hour class and I’m still worried.We will practice again next week.What have I gotten myself into?
in an apartment, we shovel the entrance way twice a month.If you live in a house in Hokkaido, you have
to be shoveling your roof and driveway and entry way all the time.This house and carport are across the street from us.Shoveling snow all the time is how people
here stay so genki.
finished the beaded fringe on the shawl, and am now working on the beaded
embellishment on the body of the piece.I’ll try to have pictures tomorrow.The name of the piece is actually Plum Panache, not Purple Panache, like
I posted the other day.
we attended the New Year pot luck party hosted by the International Exchange
Society. When we attended last year, we were still fairly new to the area and
hadn’t met many people outside of the university yet. I was pleased to
recognize so many people this year from other IES events (like the mushroom party and the cooking class), and from the hula class, the ladies luncheon group and
other local social events.As it
happened, Ted and I were the only two not from Japan at this party.
started with the food and it was all delicious.Our contribution was Ted’s special potato salad. It was so good that
there was none left to bring home.
ate and talked and ate some more. Many people in this group have English skills
and like to practice with English speakers, like us.
Japanese games to play while the eating continued.This was a very popular one.A person is blindfolded, then given face
pieces to place on the face.It’s funny
to see what the face looks like at the end.
game had pictures of people on the cards and the players took turns taking a card.If you get the card that had the monk on a
colorful tatami mat, you could slap other player’s cards and take them.I think the object was to get the most cards.
like badminton, played with a hard paddle.
little spinning tops are sumo wrestlers. There were also some juggling packets and a few other
things to play with.
woman led the group in a couple of songs.I think one song was about kites and the other was something about go
I had a very nice time and we appreciate how kind everyone is to us.We look forward to seeing everyone again