Blog to Japan

Time to ‘fess up. I haven’t posted much recently, partly because of my voluntary work at the Paralympics, but also because I’ve been moonlighting.

It started when I came across a competition to win a trip for two to Japan, offered by Inside Japan Tours and Virgin Atlantic. Yes, Japan – home of shibori, sashiko and silk, not to mention fantastic food and gorgeous gardens! Entrants had to write a blog about 12 reasons why they should be chosen to go to Japan (the winner has to post daily blog entries, photos and video of their experience).

blog to japan

Well, obviously I could have written 12 entries just about Japanese textiles, but I had a feeling that might be a bit too specialist for the judges! 😉  So I managed to restrain myself – but it’s not difficult to find non-textile reasons for wanting to go anyway: Japan is such a fascinating country.

The good news is that I’ve made it to the final three – and this is where you come in. Inside Japan has posted links to the blogs of the three finalists on its Facebook page and is asking people to vote for the one they like best.

So if you’re on Facebook, it would be wonderful if you could vote for mine – it’s called Blog to Japan and is the third one in the list:


If I’m lucky enough to win I hope I will be able to go to Arimatsu to see the shibori artisans in action, among other things. And of course I will tell you all about it in my blog!

Thank you!

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Flextiles uses shibori, ecoprinting and felting to create original, one-off upcycled pieces. Extending the life of a garment by an extra nine months reduces its environmental impact by 20-30%.

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