This trip to Japan has been so deeply inspirational and one of the most memorable experiences of my life along with part 1, Mexico in January. Learning about the Japanese approach to ancient craftmanship and seeing some of the finest Masters of Craft in the world has opened my eyes to the meaning it brings to the new generation of craftsmen and women today. Everyone we have visited along the way had been so kind, we have been given gifts or keepsakes from everyone we met, whether it is a bag of oranges or a beautiful leather bag, such is the Japanese culture of temiyage.
I am also leaving with a small piece of fabric etc from each workshop/business/organisation we have visited, which will be stitched into a new collection of shoes over the next year or so which I am really looking forward to doing.
A big thankyou goes to WCMT for sending me out here on such a wonderful quest.. But it wouldn’t have been possible without the help of my cousin Jasmine Penarroja’s kindness and patience over the past month and my apprentice Mariko Kato, invaluable translator, guide and travelling companion.
Now home to write everything up ! ..