Trip to the Craft Fair at Japanese Temple and Nippori Textile District

Kumamon, a popular mascot created by the government of Kumamoto prefecture. 

First of all, my heart goes to the people affected by the recent major earthquakes that struck the Kumamoto area of Japan. More than 800 aftershocks occurred in the area over the past ten days since April 14, 2016, and the aftershocks are still continuing.  It's hard to imagine the devastation, stress, and sense of loss and despair the people in the area are going through right now.


Image from youtube

Here are some ways we can help: 

In Japanese yen only: Monetary donation can be made directly to Kumamoto prefecture

In U.S. Dollars: Global Giving has set up Kumamoto earthquake relief fund →★ You can also donate for Equador earthquake from the same site. 
米ドルでの義援金は Global Givingからネットで行えます。エクアドルで起きた震災への義援金も同時に受付けています。→★ 

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Yesterday I visited Terademarche, or an unique craft fair held at a temple in Ueno, Tokyo. 


Inside the temple all shop booths are set up on tatami mats. 


Happy artists who sell Handmade cats and kittens' items only at this booth. Mew!


At the cat handmade shop, I bought this cute kitten zipper pouch for my younger sis who is a cat fanatic ^^


Then I got these charming and decorative cards made by the gracious artist, mzou. Had so much fun chatting with her at the booth! 

今回、mzouさんという素敵な作家さんとお知り合いになれました。mzouさんとは共通点も多くお話も弾み楽しかった❣ 色とりどりの小さなクレイのお花を使った美しいハンドメイドカードを制作しておられます。

Elegantly hand crocheted doily handmade by artist mzou's mother. Breathtaking!


Got these te-nu-gui, or Japanese lightweight cotton hand towels in fun designs.


Crocheted dish scrubbie. Love the colors! 


Hand embroidered hair accessory. According to the shop owner, the hand embroidery were stitched in Afghanistan by the mothers of young children.


I just couldn't resist but to get this meticulously crocheted necklace. Very lightweight and comfortable to wear, too. 


So this is all I got at the craft fair. Definitely went over my budget... but had a blast!

というわけで手作り市での収穫です。予算オーバーでしたが(^^;) 作り手の方々とお話できたのが何より楽しかった♥

Off the topic but this flyer shown above caught my attention. According to the flyer, temples in the Tokyo area are organizing matchmaking events for young people. So far there are 5,300 members in the organization with ninety couples getting married! 


Near city of Ueno is the Nippori Fabric town (Nippori Textile town). Nippori is only two train stations away from Ueno. Of course I had to stop by for fabric shopping afterwards!


Outside Nippori station


Walking straight down the street I head off to the famous discount fabric store called Tomato.


1 meter =100 yen (or 90 cents in U.S. dollars) fabric section near the entrance area. It was a Saturday afternoon so the store was packed with people.


There are fabric, fabric, and more fabrics in the store. The store is five stories high.


I had hard time narrowing down to these!!


Besides the "Tomato" store, I like to stop by at another disount fabric store called Zak Zak. The entire fabrics in this store are 1 meter = 100 yen (or 90 cents in U.S. dollars).  You know how frugal I am by now right? Ha ha!

繊維街にはたくさんのお店がありますが、トマトさんのほかにも私が必ず覗くのは ZakZak さんという生地の激安店です。店内の生地はすべて1メートル100円なのです。

I bought 3 meters of these gray polyester fabrics at Zak Zak. Planning to make a dress for myself soon. 


Recently I stitched up this skirt using 100 yen fabrics I got from Nippori Textile town a while ago. The pattern is from Japanese craft magazine.


Can you tell that this skirt is made of super cheap fabric (100 yen/meter)? My daughter says she can obviously tell!  

At moments like these I wish I had boys and not just girls!! I think the girls are too straightforward, especially to their mom... or did they just got it from me? lol

着画です。このスカート、1メートル100円の生地を使ったからやはり安っぽさがでてるかな~と聞いてみたら、中学生の娘からはすかさず、うん、安っぽいね、と言われてしまいました。 うちの娘の歯に衣着せぬ物言いはやはり母親譲りでしょうか?!我が家は女の子二人なので、男の子がほしかったと思うのはこんな時です(苦笑)。

***Amy Morinaka***

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Susan said...

Of course you can't tell that your skirt was made from inexpensive fabric!!! I am certainly adding this to my Japanese trip... I wonder how much fabric I can fit in my suitcase without going over my allowance! Perhaps I will wear the same clothes for four weeks!

Anonymous said...

What a super fun day!! I think I would have broke the bank.aha.hh.a.ha.a
Your skirt is awesome and the girls are girls.hah.ah.a The boys would have said what skirt!!

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A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

I have a crocheted milk jug cover with beads that my grandmother made for me, which is nearly identical to the one you bought at the craft fair.

Looks like the perfect day out - craft fair ad fabric shopping - perfection!


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