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10月 02, 2018 0

Welcome back!!


Welcome back to Wakalture Andrea and Violet♡
They came here in January then messaged me a few months later for another booking 🙂
This made me super happy!!

First time when Violet came to Wakalture in January:)
It was actually Andrea’s second time! He came for Udon and Calligraphy class then came with her for Calligraphy class. So he’s been to Wakalture 3 times!!

In this time, they did Udon and Calligraphy class:)
Well, actually Violet did make the Udon noodle by herself!!

Glad she enjoyed making Udon noodle and liked the taste of it:D

Look at her hairpin!!
I made the Tsumami-zaiku cherry blossom hairpin♡

Thank you for coming again!!
I hope to see them again:)

8月 22, 2018 0

Calligraphy exhibition at Tokyo Metropolitan Art museum

My icon of summer these 3 years is this exhibition!!

I won the second best prize♡

Now, I would like to thank to all my guests.
My teacher told me because of teaching calligraphy to you guys, I have more time to use(write with) a brush, my calligraphy skills have been improving  
All of you guys who came to Wakalture, because of you guys I was able to win this prize.
Thank you so much for coming to learn Calligraphy!!

8月 22, 2018 0

Calligraphy at a Japanese language school, ILCL

 
I did the Calligraphy class at a Japanese language school, ICLC!!
Wrote 夏 means summer in kanji😊

I tried to pick simple or easy Japanese words for students since some of them have just started learning Japanese.
It was more difficult to teach in simple Japanese than teaching in English
They kept saying “difficult” but then practice very hard so that everyone realised how much they’ve improved at the end:) I told them doing Calligraphy is like learning Japanese. You can’t be get in a day;) Like “Rome was not built in a day”.


日本語学校ICLCさんで書道を教えて来ました!夏と言う漢字を皆で練習しました。
日本語を勉強し始めて間もない生徒さんもいるので、簡単な日本語で・・・と気を付けましたが、想像以上に難しかったです💦英語で教える方が、慣れてるせいもあるけれど、簡単です(笑)
難しい~と言いながら一生懸命練習してくれたので、上達も早かったです!
書も日本語も、学ぶことは一日にしてならず^^
私にとってもとても良い経験になりました!

7月 09, 2018 1

A traditional Japanese craft, Tsumami-zaiku

Tsumami-zaiku, it’s a traditional Japanese craft using small squared pieces of cloth that is pinched and folded with tweezers. No needles or thread!! It originated about 200 years ago during the Edo period:)
It’s used by Geisha and Maiko as hair accessories and Obi-dome(for kimono).
Now, it’s getting popular for regular uses:)
White Dahlia on my weddingWhite Dahlia

What you can experience at Tsumami-zaiku class?
You make a beautiful flower of either magnet, corsage or hair tie. Hair tie can be a bag charm:)
   
1, Choose your fabric (a special type of fabric called Chirimen). There are various colours so you can pick your favorite colour;)
2, Practice how to fold and glue then give it a try!! It may be a bit tricky at first, but you’ll soon get used to it:)
3, Glue* them together to make a flower and place on the base (magnet, corsage or hair tie).
4, Choose pearls or beads and put it in the middle of flower.
Done!! It takes about 1-1,5 hours. This class is offered ¥3,000. NOW ¥2,000 if you take other classes:)

*There is a traditional way spreading glue on a wooden board and place the clothes that you fold in the glue. At Wakalture, you use different type of glue as it’s easier and quicker:)

Photo frame for friend's marriage Cherry blossom earrings
I got to know about Tsumami-zaiku when I was planing for my wedding!!
As I wore 白無垢(Shiromuku), a kind of Kimono for wedding, I looked for Japanese style hair accessories.
Everything related “wedding” costs a lot  even for a rental lol Then thought about making them by myself!!
Since I like craft, making small things, I really enjoyed making Tsumami-zaiku and started learning more about it.  It’s one of my big hobbies now:) Tsumami-zaiku is very simple but amazing!! All are used squared fabric but different ways to fold so that can be various of flowers such as cherry blossoms, rose, sunflower, crane or golden fish!!
So I set up this new class to share this FUN activity and people get to know about Tsumami-zaiku more as it’s not well-known unfortunately…!!

4月 05, 2018 0

Last minute for Hanami!!

 
Cherry blossoms have started falling already…;(
I went to hanami last Sunday as I thought it’s gonna be too late to do this weekend.
 
Ueno is a good place for hanami but Tokyo is warmer so I went to Yamato city in Kanagawa.
As it’s a bit far from Tokyo (about 2 hours away) there were much less people even though it was a nice warm day!!
 

Some of petals are gone already but it was still so pretty as you see:)
Also it was so beautiful to see flurry of cherry blossoms blown in the wind!!

It’s been 1,5 years since I started Wakalture so this is my second time for cherry blossoms.
I’ve been wanting to have a hanami party with my guests to share how we enjoy it;)
But it’s difficult to plan as nobody know when is the time for Sakura, cherry blossom.
Hope I can have a hanami party maybe next year… !!
Message me if you have plans to come to Tokyo in Spring 2019 😉

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