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Another reason why the Kuramae neighborhood in Toyko is my current favorite: Maito! I visited this beauty of a shop en route to our ink making appointment and drooled over everything.

All the items in the shop are hand dyed and handmade, and soooo pretty. The colors they achieve are gorgeous.

The shop is small, but I spent some time looking around. There was so much to admire. You can purchase dye kits and it appears they also teach workshops in the store, too!

I ended up picking out some craft supplies (of course). I found two mini skeins of yarn and a set of buttons – all naturally dyed using locally sourced plant life. The reddish orangey pink was dyed with madder root and the light pink – sakura! I showed the worker my sakura nails because I was so excited. She said ‘kawaii!!!’

I’ve started to use some of the yarn to make tassels. I’ll have to decide on a few more special projects for my pretty finds! Any suggestions?

Ahh, I want to go back to there! Who wants to come with me? 🙂

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Local markets are my kind of tourist attraction. Crafternoons are my favorite. Good food makes me dance.

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