I'm an American in Kyoto. I enjoy exploring, letting serendipity guide me as I wander down narrow streets; 18 years here haven't put a dent in the number of places waiting to be found!
The Japanese fabric you'll see here is material I've personally selected in Kyoto. If you're looking to buy furoshiki or tenugui or just enjoy looking and reading about the meanings of the various motifs, I hope you'll enjoy spending time here. I specialize in contemporary Japanese cotton fabric made with pride in Japan.
I got my start in Japan as an English teacher, and although I took great satisfaction and pleasure in that, I was craving a deeper connection with Kyoto, and wanted to interact with Japanese people of all sorts in their own language on their terms, including those who have no particular interest in English.
For the last 14 years I've been representing people here who make and deal in traditional goods, friends of friends and the like. Through that I've been able to learn more about the culture and language and have some nice times over sake and sushi with some very kind, talented people.
I've also been lucky enough to meet some of the people who've found my offerings online when they come to see Kyoto. It's a treat to put a face to the name-as central as the computer has become to my life, nothing can take the place of a warm smile!
You can also find Kyoto Collection on ebay and on etsy. I got my start on ebay over 15 years ago and have earned over 21,000 positive feedback comments there.
After years of running things on my own from Kyoto, in 2015 I started working with Dana, who will take care of your order, sending it from Los Angeles via USPS. Oh, and she also happens to be my sister!
We're thrilled to have the chance to work together and we appreciate your support.
Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about anything. Thanks for visiting!
Ookini(Kyoto dialect for arigato),
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