Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas around the world: Japan

Do you wonder what Christmas is like in Japan? Since less than 1% of Japan's population is Christian, there is no Japanese national holiday on December 25. Instead,  Japanese people enjoy the pleasures of home and family as on any other day. Therefore we thought it appropriate to feature “My Home Town Tapestry” by designer Yoko Saito. This lovely quilt features the gentle taupe colors that have made her famous among quilters worldwide.

My Home Town Tapestry 108 x 98 cm by Yoko Saito at Quilt Party (Ichikawa City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan)

In 2008 Yoko Saito commemorated 30 years of creative activities with the Yoko Saito Quilt Exhibition in Ginza, Tokyo. In recent years, aside from her regular appearances on TV and in magazines in Japan, she has begun to expand her operations overseas, holding exhibitions and workshops in countries such as France, Italy and Taiwan.  The pattern book and kit for "My Home Town Tapestry", and much of the website, are available in English. You can even purchase tickets for the Tokyo International Quilt Festival 2012.  The amazing quilt on the show poster, below,  is by none other than Yoko Saito.

The official website of the Tokyo Quilt Show is at the Tokyo Dome.

Finally, Yoko Saito has teamed with Lecien (pronounced Lew-shen), a fabric manufacturer based in Japan, to produce fabrics from her favorite collections. Her Fall 2011 line, Etoffe Imprevue, consists of natural textures such as wood grain, basket weave and cross hatch, and tiny flowers.


  1. I like Yoko Saito's quilts, I'm sure I've seen one with a wintery, Christmas theme somewhere. I never knew that was how to pronounce Lecien, thanks for that.

  2. Lovely quilts! Thank you for the info about Yoko's quilts and the show. I am enjoying looking at all your quilts and patterns!

  3. I bought my ticket for the quilt show today and looked over the flier with that quilt in the background. You can see the Tokyo tower and Sky tree as well as the top of the Tokyo dome where the show will be held. I only hope it will be as well organized as the Yokohama show. Last years it has been so crowded and so hot and in the end you have to climb all those stairs to the top to get out.
    Half of it I just got tired of waiting in line.

  4. Pip, there is a Japanese taupe Christmas quilt we've seen too. I'll track down the link. Thanks for the hint!

  5. Callie, Thanks so much for visiting and for your lovely comment!

  6. Julie, you lucky dog. Will you be able to take any pictures? I've heard that the Tokyo show is incredibly crowded... they should probably hold it for a month, like the Tutankhamen exhibit :-)


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