Makiko's Journal

Beloved Chameleon Plants


Dokudami (Chameleon Plants).
We are surrounded by them in this season.
They are not rare at all, on the contrary,too many of them hassel us.

But we should treat it more important.

Terajima Ryouan, a doctor who lived 200 years ago, used to say," Most of people are liable to think that something rare is much more effective than familiar-looking one. So stupid."

In fact, the other name of Chameleon Plants is Juyaku(十薬),means 'many-kind-effective medicine'. Antibacterial, antiinflammatory, antimicrbial, antiphlogistic, antiviral, depurative, diuretic, emmenagogue, febrifuge, hypoglycaemic, laxative......!

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Mawata Hat

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Mawata Hat,second ranked silk fibers spread in the shape of hat.

This is the original one of Japanese bride's wedding white hat which has meaning of amulet.

For us weavers, it's treasured materials for homespun yarns.
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Biwa, Biwa, Biwa!

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Loquat(Biwa) is well known as highly medicinal tree. Besides one of the precious dye-stuff to get beautiful brownish red.

Makes me so excited! 

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Noshi, Japanese traditional item for formal gift. Original one is a strip of dried abalone wrapped by Washi paper. Now abbreviated one made by paper or printed is general.

I'm going to put it on gifts which is given to guests at Tea-ceremony.

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Happy new year, everyone!

As every year, I finished cooking, traditional New Year's food(Osechi) yesterday.
During the cooking, I was remembering every kindness which I got this year like a flash of memories.

From today to the day after tomorrow, I'm to enjoy Osechi without daily cooking.

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Artisan's New Year Decoration

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Making New Year's decoration, as seasonal customary.
I rase rice plants every year for this.


With gratitude for all kindness, pray for peace and safe of families and friends.

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Fly Fish


"i:ppin" is up-cycle embroidery project.

Donated beads,buttons, hooks and old accessory parts on hand made felt pieces.

They are shown at Khaju Winter Gift Show.


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Everything is material.


Khaju Winter Gift Show is coming up soon.(Dec.3-10)

Now I'm working on making small items for U-san rabbits. It's miniture of Hagoita, one of the new year decorations.

My rabbit & broach project is completely 'up cycle' . Absolute condition is "not buying materials". Even a tiny piece of paper, cloth, yarn...I need a keen sense of matching every material to new creation.


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Night Work


Work on embroidery with second-hand beads and buttons, remnant yarns sheep thoughts is going to past history of each material.
It's enjoyable time to give the materials new life.


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A Rare Gift

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An arborist friend kindly stopped by my studio to give me this treasure.

Insect gall called Gobaishi / Fushi.

Used to be used as dyestuff, ink, leather-tanning and so on.
Usually I buy the dried one at Chinese medicine shop. Very first time to see the fresh one!

Looking forward to dye with it.

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