If you have received the new issue of Bead n Button then be sure to check page 30 to see Charmaine Pesnell's winning piece for the Toho Bead Challenge. As most of you know Charmaine has asked me to accompany her to Japan. I can not believe how fortunate I am to be traveling with her. Kim, the manager of the US Bead Warehouse, and her mom will be joining us. We received our itinerary a few days ago, this made the trip "real" for all of us. Getting ready for our adventure to Japan has been a real eye opener. Money exchange, what credit cards to use, how to dress, how to bow, and learning the language, well you know, just enough to get us into trouble. LOL! Oh and how to use Japanese toilets. Ha ha not so funny. :) The whole experience will be life changing for all of us. Kim, who told me today she has not been outside of the state of OR. her whole adult life. I have traveled all over the US, Canada, and Mexico. Charmaine lived in Japan until she was 8 years old and we are going to her old home town while we are there. Full circle for her. If any one has any great tips on traveling to Japan please leave a comment.
I will have lots of photos. Oh we leave Oct 23, 2009.
Sore dewa (informal goodbye)
Bead with Honor and Integrity