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1  ASIA / Japan / Re: Sasebo on: March 02, 2008 03:12:20 AM
Sorry, I don't know the area...

But... you can find a lot of knitting supplies in the 100 yen stores now... I was really shocked to start seeing stuff show up on the racks.  In the big cities we have ABC Craft stores... but I find that they are really expensive.  If you can hunt down a few hundred yen stores you can really find a lot of what you'd need. Smiley 

If you have a book off in your town (used book store) they often have a craft section that has lots of (CHEAP) used craft books for inspiration~

good luck~ Grin
2  ASIA / Japan / Re: Yikes! Can you help me? on: March 02, 2008 03:09:48 AM
if you still need someone to translate, please let me know! Smiley
3  ASIA / Japan / Re: Yukata question on: May 25, 2007 01:07:54 AM
flip flops instead of geta is all the rage now.  My friends were all impressed that I actually tried the geta (and felt horrible after 2 hours of walking on them haha) 

Yukata are all free sized because you fold the middle in (if you're shorter)

Check out this link... helped me a lot when I wore my first Yukata.

http://www.japaneselifestyle.com.au/fashion/how_to_wear_yukata.html

and in Japanese

http://www.kinosaki-spa.gr.jp/infomation/yukata/musubi/musubi.html

Good luck!
4  ASIA / Japan / Re: Im coming to Japan, what should i not miss out on?? on: May 25, 2007 01:03:53 AM
It depends on how long you plan to come for.  To be honest, when my friends come for a week or two I usually schedule them to:

2 days in Kyoto
1 day in Himeji, with the evening in Kobe for dinner in Chinatown
1 day in Osaka
1 day in Nara
2 -3 days in Tokyo (if they want, but I think that's a waste)

Additionally in the kansai area we have lots to do that wouldn't make it into guide books.  really good restaurants (Osaka), USJ (Universal Studios Japan), Takayama (for beautiful mountainscapes/onsen/old fashioned japanese houses. 

Also, every person who comes here talks about how they love Kyoto... but really, having been to pretty much every temple/shrine/site there... it's all the same.  If you go, pick one or two places that you really want to see (I rec Kiyomizudera and Daisenin)

Go during a festival time - that will be worth the research and time to go see.

walk down streets you don't know, and find some 100 yen shops (all your souvineers for people back home you can get for a buck... same stuff you can get at the tourist traps too)
5  ASIA / Japan / Re: Thrift stores, craft stores - Kyoto, Osaka, Tokyo? on: March 01, 2007 09:37:31 PM
Thrift stores are kindof difficult.  Your best bet is to locate some garage sales/flea markets
Here's one of my fav sites for flea market info
http://www.freemarket-go.com/ikou_kaijou.htm
click on the names and it will tell you more about the sale
Sorry, only in Jpn.  If you need translation, let me know.

There also is a flea market at 四天王寺 (shitennoji) in Osaka on the 20somethingth of each month (on the sunday around the 21st).  That's kindof iffy though because you never know if it's going or not.  however, when you go you can find lots of little trinkets, etc.

Don't be afraid to bargain either.  This is the kansai area.  No one pays full price for anything here at a sale of these kinds. 

Be warned that most flea markets are on Sundays until 4pm
6  ASIA / Japan / Re: swap with me, because i'm the bestest on: March 01, 2007 09:30:30 PM
did you ever find a penpal?
shipping from here is extremely expensive...
7  ASIA / Japan / Re: meltykiss? on: March 01, 2007 09:24:14 PM
Me too!  They are soooo delicious!
There are acouple other varieties that are similar to Melty-kiss out now.  Sometimes they label them as truffles, but they are the same thing but round.  You can get Melty-kiss and another varients at the 100 yen stores too!
 Wink
8  ASIA / Japan / Re: Just moved to Osaka, any crafters out here (or the rest of Japan) too? on: February 22, 2007 04:05:44 PM
Ah i also found the link I had to this store as well.
They have several craft making / meet and greet session things.
I don't know if you speak Japanese...
but here is the webpage http://www.abc-craft.co.jp/
it:s in the Jeans Mate building.  Has 4 floors or so. 

Calendar of their classes
http://www.abc-craft.co.jp/calender.php?t=1

Each of the classes has a class fee, and then possibly a materials fee, but it depends on the class. 
9  ASIA / Japan / Re: Just moved to Osaka, any crafters out here (or the rest of Japan) too? on: February 21, 2007 09:56:49 PM
There is a really awesome fabric store just a stone's throw away from the Takashimaya in Namba.  Take the Sennichimae (I think) shopping arcade north.  You can't miss it with all of the displays of yarn and such. 

I have also found some small stores in little arcades in Tennoji.  One in the basement 2? of the Abeno beruta.  If you know of the Ikuno main arcade strip (close to Teradacho station) there are acouple stores that sell lots of yarn and craft patterns.  They are small, but there are 2-3 of them. 

PM me if you want to meet up in Osaka sometime for a crafty time! 
10  ASIA / Japan / Osaka/Takatsuki/Kyoto area crafters? on: March 09, 2006 12:11:04 AM
 Cheesy
Hello everybody!!!
Long time reader of posts on this site, first time poster!

I'm currently living in Abeno-ku, in Osaka.  Probably in acouple months I'll be moving to Takatsuki or Kyoto (closer to my job).  Since I'll be here for awhile I want to start finding some sort of crafty group to join. 

Maybe a knitting class/cafe (which I saw on TV that there is one in Kyoto but I forgot where)
   -I crochet mainly though, but am open to learning knitting
Scrapbooking
Recycled furniture redone...
Shops to get cheap crafty supplies (I have found two small ones here in Abeno, but they are expensive)

Or if there's anyone out there in this area, let me know! 
OH, and Japanese groups are okay too - I have 2kyuu cert.

Thanks much!

Ana
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