Hike the Ancient Salt Trail

16 to 23 October 2022 Highlights include: Hiking on good trails and back roads for about 70km along the ancient Shio-no-michi, or Salt Trail, that starts on the Sea of Japan and climbs up through a deep river valley to 1,000m along the foot of the North Alps. The trail was used by men to …

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Japan by Campervan

As you know, many Australians spend their retirement touring our wonderful country by campervan and caravan, but did you know that is also becoming popular for Japanese to do the same in Japan.? I noticed a tennis court near our home in Nagano was converted into a mobile camping site and is often visited by …

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Travels with Tricia in Japan

Brisbane based artist Tricia Smout wrote a delightful article for the Qld. Papermakers’ of her trip with us to Japan in April last year. It certainly was a busy program encompassing everything from cherry blossoms and Mt Fuji to 6 or 7 textile and paper crafts workshops. download | view the article here in the …

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Our first “artist-in-residence” at our home in Nagano – “Mokurenso” (Magnolia House)

Last May we had the pleasure of hosting Jenny Jackett, a well-known weaver from Brisbane, for a textile and weaving shumi-stay at our home in rural Nagano. It was the first time for us to host a shumi-stay at our home, “Mokurenso”, which means ‘magnolia house’ because we have a huge magnolia tree in the …

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Kimono Olympics!

As you would know Tokyo is hosting the Olympic Games in 2020 and it is good to see that the Japanese are using the occasion to promote all kinds of national culture. One such cultural item is the kimono. Imagine One World Kimono is a project to design and make 196 kimonos to represent every …

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