As part of my whirlwind of quilt shows this year, I am currently in Japan for the Tokyo Quilt Festival.
Glen and I have been using the subway and train to get around the city of Tokyo and its suburbs. It took a couple of days but I think we have finally become competent enough in reading the maps and signs to make it around the city without getting hopelessly lost.
If you are coming to Tokyo, you will need to get maps for the Tokyo subway and the JR (Japan Rail) lines. We found that it took a combination of the two to get to the places we needed to get to. You also need to pay attention to which way you need to come out of the station – north, south, east or west. It makes all the difference, certainly somewhat of a challenge at times!
Here are some of my Yuzawaya selections:
As many websites will tell you, Tomato’s is the place to go. There are other smaller places which are also well worth visiting, but Tomato is the biggest and most popular. It is in the Nippori district of Tokyo (easily accessed by the JR Yamanote line). Tomato has 5 floors of fabric in the cotton and linen store, but, they also have 3 other stores covering different types of fabric! Amazing!
Map of Nippori fabric town shops – here
The work in the quilts is exquisite. Japanese quilters are masters of handwork and most of the quilts were hand quilted. It appears that the long arm craze has not arrived in Japan. Here are a few of my favourite quilts.
The Tokyo Quilt Festival is not an international show, more a great exhibition of the very best in Japanese quilting. I really liked this show, the standard if quilting is superb. Visiting Tokyo is a rewarding experience. Tokyo is very safe for visitors, great food, very friendly people, the train system is remarkably efficient. Attending this quilt show is very achievable.