I won’t be in town for the Tokyo International Quilt Festival next week <sob!> but if you are, go. The hundreds of quilts on display will be world-class quality, and you will alternately sigh with admiration at the stitchery, boggle at the colors, laugh at the humor, and shake you head in wonderment at the deeper messages.
The featured artists and exhibition themes also look absolutely to-die-for:
Quilts of England
“Playful Quilt” competition theme: Curious George
Special Exhibit: The Music Of Quilts
There will also be bodies of work by a couple of must-see artists:
Solo Artist: Keiko Goke
Solo Artist: Shizuko Kuroha
And finally, they’ll OF COURSE have my very favorite category:
New Work from Japanese Quilt Artists
In case you’re still wavering, let me leave you with a few examples from last year’s Japanese-themed works that I couldn’t quite fit into my my 2019 Quilt Festival post…
For more swoonworthy quilt viewing, check out last year’s favorites, PART 1 (my favorite Japanese-themed pieces from 2019) and PART 2 (the ones that just plain knocked my socks off), as well as the Epic Japanese Quilt Show in 2016 show got me hooked.
But if you want to go this year, here’s the info:
Tokyo International Quilt Festival 2020
Dates: January 23 – 29
Hours: 9:00 – 18:00 (opens at 11:00 on the 23rd)
Where: Tokyo Dome (right outside Korakuen Station – you can’t miss it!)
Admission: Advance ticket – ¥2000; At the door – ¥2200 (Children up through elementary age free when accompanied by an adult)
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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!