Saori in Japan!

I have just returned from an amazing two week trip to Japan with my friend Laura. We had an wonder-full time! Exploring Saori, celebrating Misao-sensei’s 97th birthday, meeting friends and new people and getting to know some of the wonderful Saori people at the studios!

I was planning to go last October/November (2009) for the 40th anniversary of Saori, but because of health reasons was unable to. My tickets expired at the end of April and so we planned this trip – and I was so excited to be able to go!

Over the next while I will be posting pictures, thoughts and reflections on my trip to Japan – I hope you enjoy them.

Laura and I arrived quite weary from travel to the airport in Tokyo where we took a “tourist shot” of our arrival. We then continued on to Osaka and got to our hotel.

Welcome to Japan

Next to get some dinner – well that was an experience, but luckily most of the restaurants have plastic food samples outside to show what is on the menu, so we were able to point and ask for what we wanted.

The next day we jumped right into Saori weaving. We met Marie

Laura & Marie

…and she took us to Suyoko-san’s studio


Suyo Atelier

… where we enjoyed meeting weavers in her classes, having tea with them and seeing their creations.


We also enjoyed a wonderful family style dinner and tried some of Osaka’s specialty – takoyaki (octopus balls).

Stay tuned – lots more to come!

Happy Weaving,
My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

3 replies
  1. T.
    T. says:

    Can’t wait to see more! So glad you had such a wonderful adventure! …. now get some rest 😉

  2. Kim Cowley-Adam
    Kim Cowley-Adam says:

    I really enjoyed hearing about your adventures in Osaka and seeing the photos of Suyoko-san’s studio. How fortunate that you were able to make the trip after all! 🙂 I’m greedy…I want to hear more, please!

  3. Chiaki
    Chiaki says:

    When you visit Minnesota again next time, we will prepare Takoyaki (Octopus ball) for you!
    You can enjoy the taste of Osaka here in Minnesota, too!

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