Saturday, January 22, 2011


Hi Everyone!
Today I will be gone most of the day. I am teaching a private bead lesson to a lady who is so excited about discovering beads that she can hardly sit still. Hmmmm remember that?? I love teaching as much as I love creating so this will be a fun day for me.

 What are you doing today?
I don't really  have any new photos today and since I have been thinking of my time spent in Japan I thought I would share some of those photos with you. It was amazing sharing 4 days with the Yamanaka family. For those who don't know they are the founders and owners of Toho Beads. They are wonderful people who treated us like family. So here are a few Japan photos.

Making beads

The workers are extremely happy

Let us not forget the traditional Japanese toilets.

We had a cooking class

 The best  beer I have ever had and with every meal.

 The offices of Toho Beads

 My rickshaw ride. This guy was so funny.

Lots more about my trip to Japan

These last two links are a must see
Have fun

Honor and Integrity in Life in Art


  1. What a lucky lady to get personal one-on-one with you! I am off to check other blogs and I am determined to do a piece of crazy quilting today. The best of all worlds...beading+needlework+quilting!!! Have an awesome weekend sweetie!

  2. i do remember how i was so excited i could hardly sit still about beads! it was just today as a matter of fact. lol i have been doing beads in some way shape or form for several years now and still get so excited i can't stand it. you'll have fun on your lesson. especially with an enthusiastic student. i just have one question. how in the world are you supposed to use that toilet???!!! hugs to you.

  3. Traveling back to japan with you today and enjoying it! Lisa, you squat over the toilet.

  4. Great photos from your trip. How exciting Nicole. thanks for sharing and have fun teaching. Take care.

  5. The traditional toilet is not so bad. You face the pipes, squat down and do your thing. Getting up is the hard part. The public facilities are spotlessly clean there.

  6. ~WOW~ thanks so much for sharing!!
    I wonder what I'd do in Japan?? my poor knees are fried...I can get down but getting up???!!! ~WOW~

  7. Wow! It looks like you had such a wonderful time there. And you're right, those links were AMAZING! Had to laugh at the Japanese toilet. XD

  8. Lucky you!! Maybe someday I'll go to Japan, and if I do, I'll have to take my daughter because she has wanted visit japan for a very long time. Glad you had a good time. They can keep their toilets, though...


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