Archive for June, 2012

Rough Hewn Chestnut Wood Handturned Donburi Hachi

Rough Hewn Chestnut Wood Handturned Donburi Hachi

I am doing a little collaboration with a woodcraft artisan based in Miyama, the mountains of rural Kyoto. We are developing some tableware prototypes hand turned with local wood for KyotoStore. The first one, a chestnut donburi hachi (big bowl), in these photos is still on the lathe. I chose to collaborate with this artisan …

Kamo River Nutria ‘Shooting the Rapids’

Kamo River Nutria ‘Shooting the Rapids’

There are nutria (coypu) in Kyoto – they have invaded here too. I see a few in the Kamo River now and again. I don’t really like these big water rats but today one entertained a lot of people, including myself on the river bank. The timing of the experience was quite amazing. Just in …

Kyoto Rainy Season without Rain 2012

Kyoto Rainy Season without Rain 2012

It should be raining a lot in Kyoto now as this time of year is the rainy season. However, this spring and summer there has been almost no rain. It finally poured rain last night, at long last. I think it has been 5 weeks since we had a real rain. The Kamo River was …

Ikebana: Rose and Chrysanthemum Flowers and Camellia Leaves

Ikebana: Rose and Chrysanthemum Flowers and Camellia Leaves

I pruned a camellia bush in the garden and found myself with a heap of beautiful waxy green camellia leaves. Thinking ‘mottainai‘, I put them in a vase in my living room. After a few days, I decided to get some flowers from the florist to accompany them. One thing I realized when I studied …

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