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The Sashiko Museum is a hidden gem in the small village of Hinohara. Sashiko literally means little stabs and is a traditional Japanese quilting technique meant as decorative reinforcement. The Sashiko Museum is dedicated to the works of modern sashiko artist Akie Sakamoto. Hinohara is a small village located in the outskirts of Tokyo, offering superb views of Mt. Fuji in the background. The rural location adds to a sense of serenity in this charming museum tucked away in nature. The museum itself is rather interesting, as it is in a traditional style Japanese home built over 200 years ago. The interior is filled with sashiko art made by Ms. Sakamoto and some are available for purchase.
The museum contains an impressive collection of Sashiko works, from apparel, handbags, home decor, jewelry, wall hangings, and more all created by Sakamoto-san. With an impressive array of sashiko art, there's plenty to see and to draw inspiration from when exploring the Sashiko Museum. Sakamoto-san is often ready to give explanations to avid quilters about Sashiko techniques, and usually can be seen wearing one of her lovely sashiko quilted coats. The traditional designs of the interior mixed with the stunning sashiko art makes this hidden museum a true gem for quilters and stitch-artists looking for inspiration during their Japan travels. Join Japan Deluxe Tours on our fully-guided line of Quilt Festival Tours to explore the Sashiko Museum to learn more about this timeless form of Japanese art!
Unique department store started as a Do It Yourself Store
Great Place for Fabric Shopping at Discounted Prices
Japanese Major Museums
Shibori is the method of dyeing cloths.
Traditional Japanese decorative craft based on marquetry works. Popularized during the Edo Period
Museum displaying beautifully crafted kimono
Premier Japanese Sewing Needles
Traditional Japanese Paper store, established in 1653 in the Nihombashi area of Tokyo
The first and sole quilt museum established by Mutsuko Yawatagaki
Quilting specialist Mutsuko Yawatagaki's special work shop
A dyeing technique that was developed in Kyoto during the middle of the Edo-era towards the end of the 17th century
Visit local kimono shops and enjoy kimono offcuts shopping