Want to hear a sad story? Back in 2009, I visited Japan... before I'd started sewing.
On the plus side I did find apposite t-shirts:
and my brother found very suitable hats (or is his head just super big?!):
But I strolled through the thrumming streets totally unaware of the fabric and notion wonderland that Japan truly is.
Luckily our sad story has a happy ending: I'm returning! My friend Anthony (yes, Anthony of shirt fame) and I are going back in late April, and this time you can bet your life that I'll be doing All The Sewing Things. We'll definitely be going to Tokyo and Kyoto, and are currently considering side trips to Takayama and/or Naoshima, the "art island".
In the meantime, I've got a lot of planning to do - and I would love your advice. I put the sewing bat signal out to Instagram and so far I have the following suggestions:
- Nippori fabric town
- Okadaya in Shinjuku
- Nomura Tailor
- A place that you can watch needles being made in Kyoto (!)
Do you have any other recommendations? And should I take a spare suitcase or just suck it up and ship all my goodies back to the US? I'd also love any opinions on whether to prioritize Takayama or Naoshima. I really can't wait! Squee!