2012 ~ Year of the Dragon
All year I had my January Japan trip penciled in as the usual 'girls' visit'...a 10 day or so stay with Molly during the Quilt Festival, a few special outings together and then several of her work days to wander on my own. That all changed in November, when K&H, who now live in Shanghai, decided to come to Japan during their Chinese New Year holiday week. Molly's fiancé, working on assignment in Beijing, also had the holiday week off. At this point, M wasn't about to be left out. It turned into quite the family affair, M & I spending the first few nights with Molly at her cute, little Tokyo place. Then, upon the China contingent's arrival, a move for all of us to a larger apartment which we rented for 5 nights...sort of a delayed holiday, since none of us were together for Thanksgiving or Christmas.
We've never done anything like this before. Happily, Molly was able to do some internet legwork for us and we booked a wonderful, convenient place close to a major train station on her side of the city. We had the top floor apartment...what a view at night! Of course, I was surreptitiously checking it out as a possible place to stay with friends once Molly eventually leaves Tokyo. (Thumbs up!)
Among the six of us, we were going from morning to night...sometimes together, often pairing off in different permutations to meet later as a group for dinner. And what kept me busy? Showing M around Tokyo, visiting Molly's workplace, trekking out to Nezu to a museum dedicated to one of my favorite illustrators, Takehisa Yumeji, celebrating my birthday (my first with both kids since K was in high school) and many late nights of Settlers of Catan marathons. We brought a 5-6 player extension pack with us...yes, we are all addicted. There were a few noteworthy outings which I'll save for another post and, of course, the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival...which I'll start to cover next time. The quilts, the people, the fabric...the experience.
I have started the Flickr album of the 2012 Tokyo show. I know you're anxious to see the quilts but ask that you please bear with me as I get my photos posted over the next week or two. I necessarily crop and color-correct my shots, due mostly to the uneven lighting at the show. Then once the photos are set to upload, have to hunt down each quilt in one of two show catalogs for identification info. A bit time intensive!