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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Ive been a busy bee on: August 09, 2011 10:57:58 PM
Is that an original Final Fantasy mage? Any chance you could link to the pattern? I'd love to make one of them!

That pear is pretty cool too!


the pattern for the Final Fantasy Mage can be found here:
http://lenslovecrochet.blogspot.com/2010/05/final-fantasy-black-mage.html
2  ASIA / Japan / Re: Yikes! Can you help me? on: February 24, 2008 10:15:41 PM
no promise  Undecided- but i can take a look at the email they sent you... (pm'd you already)


3  ASIA / Japan / Re: Sasebo on: January 30, 2008 08:46:41 PM
check this post for links - these shops have branches all over Japan ... though you might need help in reading the websites as they are all in Japanese...

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=127214.0

Check with your family support center - the Japanese staff (culture coordinator/manager) should be able to help you...

Good luck.

4  ASIA / Japan / Re: one month in japan. on: January 30, 2008 08:39:40 PM
Hi there !
I am hoping someone has pm'd you already to answer some of your questions... Like meeting fellow craftsters & such...

Anyhow - I hope you have already done with all your hotel reservations and fixed your itinerary by now. If you are planning on doing homestay - I hope you have already contacted & made plans with your host family by now.

I hate to be a spoiler  Embarrassed Roll Eyes- but you should know that March is a very busy time for Japan - both for the Japanese and the tourists (local & foreign) for many reasons:
1. end of fiscal year
2. graduation from school (uni)
3. moving season - most companies transfer their employees to new posts on April
4. Spring vacation - families go traveling or visiting gramps & grans
5. and like samurii said - it is the cherry blossom season - all over - beginning early March in the southern parts (Osaka & Kyoto) of the mainland proceeding northwards to Tokyo (mid-March) up to further North (around late April)...
6. Conference season - for many scientific associations

Over-all this makes it hard to find good & cheap lodging...
Lots of info can be found on the net -
1. http://jin.jcic.or.jp/travel.html
2. http://www.theforeigner-japan.com/
3. http://www.japanable.com/
4. http://www.japancorner.com/default.asp
5. http://www.jetsetjapan.com/infozone.shtml
6. http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/arrange/attractions/freeAttractions.html
7. http://travel.japantimes.co.jp/e/japan/index.html

I hope this helps a bit...
Good luck and have a nice trip to you (and to samurii too...) Grin
5  ASIA / Japan / Re: Help with type identification on: December 03, 2007 09:39:59 PM
Hope you find what you are looking for Grin
6  ASIA / Japan / Re: Stores in Tokyo with Amigurumi Books (?) on: December 03, 2007 09:39:27 PM
Hi there !

If you are just looking for books - you can find them in any bookshop in Tokyo - go to the hobby shelf - or ask for assistance from any of the clerks (usually faster than looking for it yourself) - tell her you are looking for "amigurumi no hon" (means "amigurimi book).
Each bookshop stocks its own selection of books (personally selected by the shop manager based on the stats and interests as well as what sells in the area or location of the bookstore) so you don't usually find all the published books in one bookshop. You may need to visit several bookshops. Also you need to know that bookshops usually stock only the recent publications (usually appropriate for the season)- if you want something published last summer or 2 summers ago - it might prove impossible to find much less get.
So if you have certain books you want - it would be good idea to list down the ISBN numbers (Name of Publisher also and maybe the title of the book) before you come to Japan - if you can also take photos of the book covers - it will help a lot.

If you are looking to get some supplies also - you have to go to a craft shop... see this post for more info on the craft shops in Tokyo - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=127214.0.
Some crafts also stock some books and if you are lucky you might find some of the older publications in their shelves.

Hope this helps... Good luck.
Enjoy your visit to Japan and have fun.


7  ASIA / Japan / Re: Help with type identification on: November 21, 2007 05:17:45 PM
Hi !
The embroidery technique is called Sashiko (刺し子)

The following sites may shed some light on the background & history:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sashiko_quilting
http://www.quilt.com/FAQS/SashikoFAQ.html
http://cvkey.com/z/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=14

As for the patterns - there are a lot of books on it (Japanese & English) - you can ask the local bookstore salesperson (or the lady at the craft shop) to help you find them in the shelves.
There also also kits available from craft shops (in stock all season or you can also order) - including the pattern, thread & cloth. Most kits are of tea towels though...

Hope that helps. Smiley
8  ASIA / Japan / Re: Online bead stores on: November 05, 2007 09:01:48 PM
Hi !
I am afraid  Undecided it will be very hard (maybe impossible  Huh) for you to find an online bead store here in Japan that is in English.

I am assuming you live in Japan - may I ask where ? and do you have a craft store in your locality ? If so - maybe you can ask them to order the items you need for you - for a small charge. Most online bead shops charge about 800 yen for shipping unless your order exceeds a certain amount which can be from 5000 to 10,000 yen which can be a LOT.

Another option is to find a Japanese friend who can help you out with your purchase online. I think this is your best bet.

Most online bead shops require pre-payment of your order before they ship out. Pre-payment can be done in many ways -
1. Bank transfer (ginkou furikomi Huh- bank to bank or post office to bank plus transfer charges depending on the amount being transferred and the bank or post-office; or via the convenience store.
2. credit card
3. Cash on delivery (daikin hikikae Huh?) - you pay opun delivery to the delivery guy (usually a surcharge of 300 yen or more)

You can check this site http://www.suzuranart.com/top.html for a list of bead shops (click on Beads shops in the Japanese version of the page). You need a Japanese speaking friend for this. The list is classified according to area/prefecture - and the shops with web sites are also listed.

I hope this helps (i.e. only if you live in Japan)
9  ASIA / Japan / Re: Stained Glass Crafters in Japan (Misawa if you live near there) on: September 25, 2007 10:52:51 PM
Hi !
What you could probably do is find a stained glass artist here in Japan who can help you out with purchasing the supplies you need.

I think there is one such artist somewhere in Misawa but I am not sure. She used to exhibit during the Patio Festa (- held at the Veedol Dome in Autumn - but I think this festival has been cancelled this year as I have not seen it posted in the Misawa Home Page).

Another option is to ask one of the craft shops in Hachinohe if they know any stained glass artist they can introduce you too.

I did a google search and found one - http://www6.plala.or.jp/nancy/ - scroll down on the left column and click on the "English here" for the translation. Maybe you can send her an email too - she gives lessons at her studio also.

Here is another site: http://www.yumeglass.com/einlish/index.html

Here is also a list of links you can go through -  I think it lists all the stained glass artists with websites (many links are broken though)... http://www.studiopao.com/links2.html (You may need a Japanese language font in your computer.)

Hope this helps even a bit. Good luck. Smiley

iggie
10  ASIA / Japan / Re: buying beads on: June 27, 2007 05:44:09 PM
Enjoy your visit to Japan.
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