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The first step

The first step of my work.
To meet plants and receive.

I heard that branches of Yulan magnolia at my friend’s house were going to be lopped off in near future.
I obtained them before it happened.

I am well used to the pole-type pruning shears which I have been using for about 20 years and they fit to my hand

27/06/2020 | Posted in Diary |

English website

Thank you for visiting my website.
I am pleased to announce that my new English website has been created.
The website is designed by Ikuko who has been helping me with my Japanese website since its launch, and all my blogs started from 2014 were translated by my longtime best friend spending over a year.

01/06/2020 | Posted in Information |

1, April

1, Apr, 1996 was Monday.
After graduating from college in March of that year, I became an apprentice to master Ms. Fukumi Shimura.
“Good Morning”
I still remember the moment when I opened the sliding door of her studio in Kyoto and stepped forward, filled with tension and hope.

01/04/2020 | Posted in Diary |


“ Flow” 2020
Material: Silk
Dye: Katsura tree, Lithospermum root

01/03/2020 | Posted in Works |

Indigo Island

When you release threads into the indigo, you will see the iridescent bubbles rise on the surface of the liquid.
This proves that the indigo is well fermented and healthy.
The bubbles that look like islands floating on the ocean change the shape freely with my movement.
It’s like I am having a conversation with the indigo.
The Indigo is alive for sure.

04/12/2019 | Posted in Diary |

Shumi Doki! Kurashini ikasu Nippon no Nuno

We have fine clear autumn days here at the foot of Yatsugatake and coloured forest trees in red and yellow attract attention.
However, the chill of the mornings and evenings makes me realise the arrival of winter, and autumn of mountains passes quickly.

It was late summer when the heat was still severe, I received an actress Ms Naomi NISHIDA and introduced my everyday work and textiles in my daily life.
I was nervous because there was a TV camera too, but it turned into a good and fun memory to have experienced dyeing and talking with Ms. Nishida which was her first time for dyeing with plants.

11/11/2019 | Posted in Information |

Windows wide open

The windows with old steel frames do not have screens, so they are rarely fully opened.
But I open this window in the atelier only this time of the year.
I don’t mind insects coming in.
If only I can capture the sweet aroma of fragrant olive.

03/10/2019 | Posted in Diary |