Trip to Kurashiki

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Finally we’ve visited Kurashiki Okayama of famous canvas producing region.

First day, we’ve arrived in Kurashiki at night, so just walk around Kurashiki Bikanchiku.

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Bikanchiku was protected by Kurashiki landscape regulation in order to preserve historical architectures and buildings.

Basically Edo feudal government controlled Kurashiki directly for building up the magistrate’s office, so a lot of products and materials gather there.

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On the other hand, Kurashiki suit for producing cotton, so now 70% of Japan made canvas are produced in Kurashiki, Okayama.

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This time we’ve been to the canvas factory of 6SHiKi in Kurashiki Okayama, so will introduce the process of producing Kurashiki canvas with some photos of 6SHiKi factory and artisans.

1. 合糸(Goushi) / Multiple wound yarn

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The process of works of producing a thread of 2 to 8 joined original yarn.
The thickness of Canvas is decided by the number of joining thread.

2. 撚糸 (Nenshi) / Twisted yarn

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The multiple wound yarn is twisted in order to increase in strength of yarn and decrease fluffing.
The roll of bobbin winding is called “Cheese” by the figure.

3. 整経 (Seikei) / Warping

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The process of preparing the warp.
1,000 to 1,200 warps is rolled up warp machine in 6 to 10 times per 200 – 300 warps.
Moreover these warps are rerolled up by a big roll “Beam”.

4. 経通し (Hetoshi) / Drawing-in

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Artisans put the warps into the parts of the weaving machine one by one.

5. 製織 (Seisyoku) / Weaving

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“Beam” is put on the shuttle change looms, and the weft is set on the looms for plain weaving.
The canvas of around 50 – 70m is wove per the looms in a day.

6. 検反 (Kentan) / Fabric inspection
The canvas that is weaved by the shuttle change looms is cut off per 50m in order to check flaws and blots.

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7. 畳み (Tatami) / Folding

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After inspection, the canvas is folded per 1m, and accumulated by half folding.

The know-how of artisans are distilled into these several processes of producing canvas.
Exactly it’s one of traditional industry in Japan.

And then, finally 6SHiKI bags are produced of Kurashiki canvas.
If you would like to enjoy  items of the Japanese traditional industry, you could have 6SHiKi bags.

6SHiKi
6SHiKi (ROKU-SHIKI) use one of the most finely made, 9th level specially dyed “Paraffin” finished canvas that fits the skin most.
After using for about a few weeks, keeping it’s water-shedding quality, it will start to fit and become wondrously soft, with it’s original canvas drape.
The vintage drape of original canvas will appear after going through.

More info: 6SHiKi on Pipperoo

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Taiwan trip (九份 ver.)

Last March we made a trip to Taiwan, and looked around some nice places.
Firstly we’ve been to 九份 that is an original model of MIYAZAKI’s SPIRITED AWAY (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi).

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Kobe trip

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Last month we had a trip to Kobe, Hyogo.
Kobe is one of representative port town of Japan, and have so nice atmosphere at stores and streets.

One of the Kobe styles store is mature.
They started to run as an original selected hat store almost ten years ago, and now they produce their original design hats “mature ha”.

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Their outstanding work is the BOXED HAT that it is possible to put the straw hat in the paper box.
Theses hat is coming on pipperoo.jp soon !!

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One of the most interesting feature in Kobe is that the shops and galleries still use the pleasant old building by renovating, so the building and street have their unique atmosphere.

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Luv Kobe style.

luv kobe

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Weekend relaxed event “OHAYO CAFE”

Last summer we took part in the OHAYO CAFE that my friend organized the weekend relaxed event.
Artists and workers in the field of several categories usually gather together at this event.
And that time we went to the camping area close to Mt. Fuji.

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Some people open the hair salon under the sky:)

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There is a play space for children.

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And some horses are in the stable.

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The tree house is made by hand.

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“GOEMON BURO”. You could soak in the bathtub outside.

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And a soft cream shop:) yummy…

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Handmade candles.

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It’s so relaxed time and nice atmosphere very close to nature.
Hope you have a great day.

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DAIKANYAMA T-SITE in Tokyo

One of my favorite bookstore is Daikanyama TSUTAYA bookstore in Tokyo.
Here a lots of magazines and books came from all over the world are available.
In addition, there are restaurants, cafe space, camera shop, bicycle store, and trimming salon for dogs.

DAIKANYAMA T-SITE
17-5 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
http://tsite.jp/daikanyama/

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And, one of my favorite magazine is Obscura Magazine from Hong Kong.
The magazine usually make a feature of high-end contents (e.g. cars, fashion, cultures, and people).
Especially if you would like to know about the background of producing high quality items, I would like to recommend this magazine.
The features of back numbers are Maclaren, Alden, Tom Ford, Chanel, Undercover, Farrell Williams, NIGO, and Katsuyuki Yoshida, etc.

Obscura Magazine
http://obscura-mag.com/

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