There is benefit in working in a major university library, and one with a Japanese collection is even better! Little things bring joy to my daily life at the library. I love watching the young and energetic students, their energy does rub off on me. They are international students from many countries which makes the place more interesting. My university is located in a big park where I take daily walks and enjoy the garden. I have been trying my photography skills taking photos on my walk. I'm going to share a few with you at the end of this post.
The Japanese books I want to show you today are ones I first saw at Bryan's when I visited Japan earlier this year. I was told that they were out of print. By luck my friend Ayako who was with me is a Japanese librarian. She quickly jotted down the ISBNs as you do if you are a librarian.
Yesterday an envelope landed on my desk and in it were these two books. The one on left is Tanoshii kogire fukuromono by Ueda Seiko and the right is Dogu to koromo by Ueda Seiko. The two brand new books had been catalogued ready for me to borrow them. Small things give joy to my life and this is one of them!
Although they are in Japanese, pictures say a thousand words. And if you are a sewer, a very good sewer can make anything just from looking at the photos. Inside the books are all kinds of bags and some specially made for tea containers used in the Japanese tea ceremony.
I still remember learning many things from Japanese books just by following the photographic instructions. As staff I can borrow unlimited books from the library, but I still want my own copies of some of these books. Ayako told me when I'm next in Japan just go to any good book shop and order them and they will get them for me. So I will do that when I'm there next Spring.
What else is in these books. I found instructions on how to make this sewing caddy. I already have one, but I would like to make more for gifts. As we are going to learn how to make the kumihimo cord on the tour I would be ready to reproduce this caddy easily ha!
I like the idea of using a basket as a base for the caddy. I'm also a basket weaver, so anything made from baskets I do like. Below are some photos I took on my daily walk around my university.
I hope you enjoy my photos. I took them from my iPhone4 and I think the quality is excellent. If you enjoy them please leave me a comment...