Wednesday, April 10, 2013

This and that with friends new and old

Some cherry blossoms still to be seen... in sashiko, and these outside our window...

 Last Friday I met with Julie F and Queenie at Mitsukoshi Department Store for a quilt show.

It was really a thrill to meet Queenie for the first time in person.  The show's theme was "Nihonbashi" and Old Edo.  Lots of amazing applique, and variety.  Strictly no photos allowed!

Later, my great friend Natasha, who lived in Tokyo years ago, visited from the U.S.  We had a blast over several days of revisiting some of her favorite haunts, including Meiji Shrine:

Always a thrill to come across a wedding party.
Traditional white Shinto wedding kimono:

Wedding guests:

A stroll around the Shrine grounds:

And then to a quieter part of town to visit with friend and artist Allan West:

Made rice balls for the homeless with the church ladies...

A wonderful exhibit of Edo era wood block prints at a small museum in Omotesando: 

And some shopping.... (can't miss the Frixion pen display at Tokyu Hands!)...

Of course this Bernina caught my eye: 

The young and not-so-young: 

Always fun to find a "special happy price" :) 

And a hole-in-the-wall (aka TERRIFIC) fabric store: 

All in all a great week.  A little bit of sashiko, and a LOT of catching up with a dear old friend.