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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Bag Photos

Nishijin brocade pouch

Invitation to the 1st Annual Holiday Craft and Gift Fair
I am ready to present my booth at the Holiday Craft and Gift Fair. 
Here are sample photos of my hand-made bags.
I hope to see you on Saturday, Dec. 1.
Roslyn High School (Auditorium)
475 Round Hill Road, Roslyn Heights New York 11577
Free admission parking

Cotton Patchwork Kinchaku bag

Ryukyu Bingata Kinchaku bag


Campus & Sil Kimono Tote

Nishijin Brocade and Obi Banboo Hobo

Nishijin Brocade Clutch

Obi Pouch

Fall Clutch

Silk Kimono Flat Bag

Kimono Pouch

Nishijin Brocade Silver Clutch 

Campus Flat Tote

Skura Tote

Chrysanthemum Pouch

Utamaro Collection

Moire Clutch

Silk and Cotton Hobo

Home Deco


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Turkey Salad Day

Larry made a turkey on Thanksgiving day.

This is our home tradition that Larry cooks everything on Thanksgiving Day.

Today, he made turkey salad from the leftovers.
 The salad with mixed vegetable; carrots, celery, red paper and apple is really good. 

One of my favorite dessert: pecan sandy cookies.


Anyway, thanks for everything!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Sanshin Lesson Four

Today, I would like to introduce a well-known songwriter, Mr. Tsuneo Fukuhara.
 He has written numerous songs of Ryukyu Minyo in the past. 

He wrote Basho Fu, Nangoku Sodachi, Shima Jima Kaisha, etc., 
I can't describe all of his music in my blog since he has written so many songs. 
I am a fan of his music. 

I would like to introduce his new song called "Matsuri" from Hibiki music. 



「うびじゃーすーさー うびじゃすーさー わらびぐあーぬ んかし やっちーたい」の



Thursday, November 22, 2012

Home Deco

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Today I would like to introduce photos of my new item: a decorative panel which I created yesterday. 
The material used for the panel is an antique silk obi. 
This kind of woven panel is a treasure of art of Japan since no two obi are the same.  
Please visit for purchase. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Brocade Hobo

Today I created a hobo bag with Nishijin brocade fabric. 
This bag is gorgeous!
Only one available. 
Please check for prices, sizes  and order.
You can also e-mail at
 for order.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Hobo Bags

Currently, I am working on new hobo bags for the holiday season.
 Please visit for sizes and prices.

This week's new hobos:

Monday, November 19, 2012

Holiday Craft Fair

I will be presenting a booth of my hand-made bags and many other items at the 1st Holiday Craft Fair at 
Roslyn High School on Long Island on Saturday, December 1st. 
Many bags will be specially priced for the holidays

Please join us!

Please have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

New York Times Awaking to Okinawan Music

Happy Sunday!
Sunday morning, I usually read the New York Times Style Magazine, which is distributed with the Sunday New York Times.  Today, it featured an article about Okinawan music! 
Here is the article I scanned. 

I appreciate the NYT featuring the culture of Okinawan folk music, which is getting more popular
 worldwide than ever. I can't wait to have more live performances in New York City. 

Here is a link to this article on the Internet: 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Sanshin Lesson Three

This month, I am practicing a song called "Uruwashi No Ryukyu" (beautiful Ryukyu). I couldn't find a Kun-Kun-Shi music sheet of the song, so I asked a friend to write one up for me. I also like to use this YOUTUBE video of this song as a reference guide for playing it on the sanshin:

I especially like the song because it refers to Zampa Misaki (Cape Zampa) in Yomitan village, where I grew up.

Uruwashino Ryukyu

八重の潮路に 朝虹たちて 麗しの琉球          ああ あこがれ遠く
Yae no shioji ni    asaniji tachite   uruwashi no Ryukyu  ah-ah- akogare tooku

残波岬の             アダンの葉に 旅のこころ       若きこころ     南風はそよぐよ 琉球
Zampa Misaki no  Adan bani            tahbi no kokoro   wakaki kokoro   hae wa soyoguyo   Ryukyu

I tune my sanshin strings to B flat-E flat -B flat  for this song with Honchoshi.

There are many songs I would like to perform in public, but I can't find  Kun-Kun-Shi for them; they don't seem to be published. For some songs, I could listen to them on CD and write out sheet music by myself, but I find it a little difficult to write our the sheet music for this song.

My next song to study will be Deigo Ondo, written by Antei Tamaki. It is an another fun song, and the song is also used for the music of the Eisa Taiko dance in Zakimi, Yomitan Village.

Friday, November 9, 2012

New Bags!

Today, I created another Hobo Bag with a brocade fabric imported from Japan.
This bag is so pretty!


Please visit the bag section of my website for details:

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Introduction of the Show in Okinawa

This is an announcement of upcoming stage program in Okinawa.
My friend, Keiko Higa (Deigo Musume folk group and a leader of Shima Daiko) will perform on Nov. 11 at the Ohtori Hall, Yomitan Village, Okinawa.

Program: Folk Songs, Tiako Performance, Okinawan Dances, etc.,
Please join them!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

New Bag

Today, I  created a new Black Hobo bag, which is listed on eBay. 
Please see the photos of my black hobo bag below.

If anyone wants to have this bag, please visit the eBay listing HERE
or my website:

The bag's fabric is cotton, and so is its lining.
Size: 15"W x 13" 1/2H, 24" handles
Magnetic closure 


close-up of the fabulous fabric with pink and white cherries and gold leaves

This is one of the favorite bags of those I have made.  Very pretty bag!