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Imadate Papermaking Village, by Gail Rieke

Steve here: I recently co-led a travel journaling tour of Japan with Santa Fe, New Mexico-based artist and educator, Gail Rieke. Gail, please tell us about our workshops in Imadate. Gail Rieke: Our group had the great privilege of participating in two workshops in Imadate Papermaking Village! Instructed by residents of this 1600-year old center for paper arts, we tried our hand at making both the renowned Echizen-style paper and...

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Jun24

Stay tuned!

I am just now completing a month-long whirlwind trip through Japan on two separate small group tours.  We visited Tomonomura, an ancient fishing village on the Japan sea and stayed in an old, restored house.  Miyajima, Japan's iconic 1500-year old shrine on the shore of an island near Hiroshima was as beautiful as I remembered from my 1971 journey there.  White Himeji Castle was brilliant on a sunny day.  We saw potter friends and...

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Pilgrimage to 1500-year old Ise Grand Shinto Shrine

The Wedded Rocks, due east of Ise–a sacred site for the Japanese. It was a sunny Sunday morning, today, at Ise Grand Shinto Shrine, located two hours by train from Kyoto.  Unseasonal winter temperatures in the upper 60's brought many pilgrims out today to stroll past aesthetically pruned red pines, trimmed as if they were weathered by winds in canyons or rock sea coasts, making this transition area are feel far more remote. ...

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