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Thread: More information about quilt Shops in Japan

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    I will be visiting Japan in November with my son and his family. I would like to visit quilt shops in the Tokyo and Yokohama areas. I understand that there will be a Quilt Exhibition in November. If you have any information about the exhibition or quilt shops, please let me know.

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    Super Member CajunQuilter2's Avatar
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    Back home in Louisiana for now....where next?? who knows....
    Check with youme (board name) as she is from there. She may be able to help you. Just PM her and ask.

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    I know there's a big show in Yokohama Nov 10 thru 12th. The big quilt festival is in Tokyo every January. As for shops, I was given this link a few years ago for my brother to use. He travels to Tokyo a couple times a year for work, and my sister in law and I give him lists and money. The link is still active, so I imagine a lot of the shops are still there. Enjoy your trip!!


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    Senior Member LisaGibbs's Avatar
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    I lived in that area a very long time ago. From what I remember and from the few pieces of fabric I just can't cut into, they are not as wide as the fabric we have so be sure to make an adjustment in calculations if you are planning on a specific type of quilt. I just loved their fabric, however--bring lots of YEN it is very, very expensive.

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    Super Member quilt addict's Avatar
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    It is a wonderful quilt show. I went a couple of years ago and some pictures are here.


    Be prepared to be amazed at the workmanship and artistry at the show. The smallest section then was the machine quilting. The hand quilting is fabulous.

    Prices for fabric in Japan are very expensive. Quilt shops are few and far between and hard to find. As in most things the shops are small and will specialize in one or two things. There are fabric stores and you can ask about the cotton area. Use the phrase "patch work" instead of quilting as that is how it is referred to.

    It used to be that you could buy used kimonos and remnants inexpensively but they have gotten onto the quilters and are now sold in scrap or assorted bags.

    Word for cotton is dasshimen, silk is kinu/shiruku, polyester is poriesuteru (they don't have "L" in their language).

    Enjoy the show!

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