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Blossom Festival Weekend

What a fabulous weekend! We went to the Blossom Festival picnic in the Japanese Garden Peace Park on Saturday. The weather was great and many people attended.

Blossom Festival, Salt Spring Island, BC

We were entertained by a Japanese flute player (Takeo Yamashiro), Haiku Readings by elehna de sousa, Raffi singing with a Japanese back-up group, origami, food, an art installation by Shannon Wardroper and other entertainment (Jean-Paul Maurice, son of my friends Jim & Chris from Rawsome Living Foods and others). There were many tents with people selling things – the proceeds all to a fund for Tsunami relief for Japan. There are more details on the program on my previous post.

Photos from Saturday…

Blossom Festival, Salt Spring Island, BC

Blossom Festival, Salt Spring Island, BC

Blossom Festival, Salt Spring Island, BC

Then today was an indoor festival with an Ikebana flower arranger, a Japanese landscape architect, a Taste of Salt Spring (many local chefs and yummy food) and of course, Saori weaving!

I set up my Saori loom with blossom colours and people came to weave on the banner…

Blossom Festival, Salt Spring Island, BC

Blossom Festival, Salt Spring Island, BC

People were watching and waiting in line for their turn…my friend Laura assisting…

Blossom Festival, Salt Spring Island, BC

These girls were surprised to see the Saori brochure in Japanese and see that there are Saori studios near where they live in Japan…

Blossom Festival, Salt Spring Island, BC

More weaving…another friend, Jane, was also assisting…

Blossom Festival, Salt Spring Island, BC

The finished banner will be sent to the Saori Studio in Sendai, Japan from the people of Salt Spring Island…

Blossom Festival, Salt Spring Island, BC

Blossom Festival, Salt Spring Island, BC

I also had people write or draw on some cloth blossoms that I will be attaching to the banner before I send it. I will make sure to get some photos of the completed banner.

What a beautiful way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Thanks to the organizers of the Festival, to Laura & Jane for assisting with the Saori weaving and to everyone for stopping by and adding some threads and thoughts to the banner (and for those that wanted to but couldn’t – your thoughts and prayers are included in the banner too).

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

5 replies
  1. Noreen Crone-Findlay
    Noreen Crone-Findlay says:

    The photographs are just gorgeous, Terri! It looks like it was a very stirring soulful day! Thank you so much for weaving our prayers and love into the banner- I wish I could have been there to place them in the banner myself!
    Beautiful… beauty filled…..
    hugs
    Noreen

  2. Susan--rosieandsuz
    Susan--rosieandsuz says:

    Terri, I love the idea of this festival, the activities there, and your weaving. The banner is wonderful–so glad it’s going to Sendai.

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