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Mottainai: Japan

Written on November 13, 2011

Far away from Portland, OR, where the Portland Japanese Garden is hosting an exhibition on the subject of mottainai, the ever-inspiring  Amy Katoh has created an exhibition on the same subject in Tokyo, in an extremely picturesque, reconverted printer’s shop,  a perfect backdrop for her collection of boro textiles and objects.Amy has been an enduring personal inspiration to me, and her ability to mentor others to see the beauty of simple things is one of her many alluring characteristics. Certainly Amy’s encouragement and guidance regarding my mottainai show at the Portland Japanese Garden was one of the richest voices I heard while planning the show.I wish I could have been in Tokyo to see Amy’s show, MottainaiIt was shown at the Fukagawa Bansho Gallery and ran from 16 through 30 October.  Here are some glimpses into her fabulous collection.
Fukugawa Bansho Gallery, above.

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