Winner for this week

The winner in the Shibori give away this week is Jeanne Kuchelmeister.

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Learn to make your own Shibori fabrics and week two of my Shibori excitement give away.

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I have been teaching Shibori and Indigo dyeing classes and I want to give you some dates and places where I will be teaching in the future. I am excited to be at Art Retreat on the Prairie in November. This is a fabulous event put on by Vivi Magoo. Barb and Erin invite top notch instructors and put on a fabulous event with classes and meals and wine and great memories. I will be teaching Ice dyeing and Indigo dyeing on November 5 & 6, 2017. it is held in Round Top, Texas. Here is the link to the classes.

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I really hope to see you there.

If you can not make that I will be giving two demonstrations at Quilt Festival in Houston on November 3 & 4, 2017. I will have more detailed information on those demos coming soon.

I am continuing my give away so be sure to read the rules and help me spread the word about my fabric line with Moda.

Last week I gave away a Junior Layer Cake of my new fabric. This week I will give away a charm pack. Be sure to read the rules so your name will be in the pot when I draw!

On January 1, 2017 the grand prize winner will receive a $100 gift certificate for their favorite quilt shop that carries my fabric line.  Here are the rules:

Leave a comment on this post = one entry

Post a picture of you and a shop employee beside my fabric line in a quilt shop = 2 entries Be sure to include the name and town of the quilt shop.

Share this blog post on Instagram or Facebook and tag me = 1 entry

Post a picture on Instagram or Facebook of an item other than a full quilt you have made with the fabric = 2 entries (Be sure to tag me and Moda Fabrics in the post)

Post a picture on Instagram or Facebook of a full quilt, lap or larger made with the fabric = 5 entries (be sure to tag me and Moda Fabrics in the post)

Shop owners when you receive the line of fabric, show a picture of the fabric and tag me on Facebook or Instagram and I will send you a set of the 5 patterns that feature the line free of charge.

I will post a winner on my blog each Friday. You must check the blog each Friday to see if you are a winner. I will need your shipping information.

Remember: Always tag me and Moda Fabrics in the posts so I can see it and add your name to the list.

Good luck to all who play the game.

Debbie

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The winner for the first week of my new fabric give away

 

The first winner in my Shibori Celebration give away is:

Lana Manis

Lana send me an email with all of your contact information so I can send you a Junior Layer Cake of Shibori fabric.
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Shibori gifts

I am going to start with new names next week, but I will keep the list from this week for the final gift of the $100 gift certificate for the quilt shop of your choice.

Here are the rules so you know what to do.

Be sure to tag me in you comments and shares etc.

Leave a comment on this post = one entry

Post a picture of you and a shop employee beside my fabric line in a quilt shop = 2 entries Be sure to include the name and town of the quilt shop.

Share this blog post on Instagram or Facebook and tag me = 1 entry

Post a picture on Instagram or Facebook of an item other than a full quilt you have made with the fabric = 2 entries (Be sure to tag me and Moda Fabrics in the post)

Post a picture on Instagram or Facebook of a full quilt, lap or larger made with the fabric = 5 entries (be sure to tag me and Moda Fabrics in the post)

Shop owners when you receive the line of fabric, show a picture of the fabric and tag me on Facebook or Instagram and I will send you a set of the 5 patterns that feature the line free of charge.

I will post a winner on my blog each Friday. You must check the blog each Friday to see if you are a winner. I will need your shipping information.

Remember: Always tag me and Moda Fabrics in the posts so I can see it and add your name to the list.

Good luck to all who play the game.

Debbie

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My fabric is shipping! How about a giveaway?


Lets have a giveaway to celebrate my new fabrics!blog-shibori-collage

Finally I can say it: “My fabric is shipping to a quilt shop near you”. I am very excited about this line of fabric because it is new and fresh. It works for contemporary and traditional quilts. It is also fabulous for home decorating projects. Just think about pillows, table linens, aprons and on and on.

I want to celebrate until January 1, 2017

I have lots of gifts for the winners.

shibori-giveawaysStarting this Friday September 17, 2016 I will give away a prize each Friday until January 1, 2017. I have Layer Cakes, Jelly Roll, Fat Quarters, Charm pack,  Moda Candy and patterns to give away.

On January 1, 2017 the grand prize winner will receive a $100 gift certificate for their favorite quilt shop that carries my fabric line.  Here are the rules:

Leave a comment on this post = one entry

Post a picture of you and a shop employee beside my fabric line in a quilt shop = 2 entries Be sure to include the name and town of the quilt shop.

Share this blog post on Instagram or Facebook and tag me = 1 entry

Post a picture on Instagram or Facebook of an item other than a full quilt you have made with the fabric = 2 entries (Be sure to tag me and Moda Fabrics in the post)

Post a picture on Instagram or Facebook of a full quilt, lap or larger made with the fabric = 5 entries (be sure to tag me and Moda Fabrics in the post)

Shop owners when you receive the line of fabric, show a picture of the fabric and tag me on Facebook or Instagram and I will send you a set of the 5 patterns that feature the line free of charge.

I will post a winner on my blog each Friday. You must check the blog each Friday to see if you are a winner. I will need your shipping information.

Remember: Always tag me and Moda Fabrics in the posts so I can see it and add your name to the list.

Good luck to all who play the game.

Debbie

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Japan Trip-More Indigo, Food & Ikebana

As usual, Bryan started the day with pictures and a history of Japanese textiles and dyeing, whetting our appetites for the projects to be assigned that day.

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We were even able to get inspiration from the floor cushions that we sat on.

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He gave us our assignment for the day and we got to work.

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There was always time for another “foodie” experience and one day we went to a Korean restaurant where the food was delicious and served boiling hot in clay pots.

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Again, we did not think about taking notes so we cannot remember what all we ate. (Another reason we must go back-so we can fill in our notebooks with this important information!!!) We can only remember that it was good and we were stuffed when we left.

The atmosphere was rustic with a lot of interesting items spaced throughout as decorations.

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Debbie liked the color and design of the cooks’ aprons.

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Hiro is not only an excellent cook but he is also a master ikebana flower arranger. Ikebana is a disciplined art form with specific rules of construction. One afternoon Hiro gave us an abbreviated lesson in the principles of the art and then had each of us choose from a variety of flowers and natural items to try our hand at arranging. We had varying degrees of success (and failure). It was part of our education in another aspect of Japanese culture and a fun afternoon involving a different kind of activity.

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Most of our workshop was centered strictly around indigo dyeing, but we did get to try some dyeing with hibiscus and madder, overdyeing some scarves to achieve various shades of indigo, red, yellow, green and purple.

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Doesn’t Debbie make a great model for her scarf?

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So that we did not get cabin fever, Bryan often planned small outings (like the Korean restaurant) including walks around the area he lived. We walked to a house being built by an attorney friend who lives in Tokyo and plans on using the house as an artist’s retreat. It is an architectural gem with all kinds of interesting features.

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As usual, our walks were through truly beautiful areas. During our time there it was often raining with low fog which made everything green and fresh.

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Momo needed her nap. It was tiring keeping up with a house full of strangers.

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One night Hiro cooked salt encrusted steaks on the outdoor open grill. To these Texans who know their steaks, they were outstanding. Steak and wine or sake around the campfire was a special treat.

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You will want to watch for our next blog which includes the silk farming process, udon noodle making, weaving and yarn dyeing.

Debbie and David

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Japan Trip Indigo Workshop-Field Trip

Each day contained more dyeing lessons and learning new techniques. Bryan often showed more of his collection, which included examples of what we would be learning to do.

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We could not help getting excited about the artistry and level of creativity involved in these fabrics. He pointed out which techniques we would be learning.

The following pictures are examples of some of the work we did in the workshop.

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Bryan in one of his cut up moments, modeling one of the classes scarves.

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One of the field trips was to a nearby chicken restaurant. We had the image of the typical chicken fast food joint in mind (or if you are from North Texas, think “Babes”) and what a surprise when we walked into this oasis of tranquility.

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When we entered we realized this was not the typical U.S. restaurant, irregardless of the menu. The grounds were comprised of about a dozen separate buildings, each one containing a single dining room for one group of people. The buildings were separated by beautiful gardens, bridges and water features.

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Eventually we arrived at our group’s house and dining room.

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Observing Japanese custom, we removed our shoes in the foyer and then entered the dining room. This time there were chairs to sit in rather than on cushions around a low table.

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Two of the walls were all glass, looking out onto the gardens which were lit after dark.

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Debbie of course noticed the design on the chair cushions.

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Each dining house had its own serving staff who dressed in traditional Japanese style and moved between the house and wherever the kitchen was. We were served numerous courses, some of which we could not identify (we’ll take better notes next time) but all were delicious. Some of them follow:

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Of course chicken was the main event. A server brought in a bucket of hot coals and poured them into the depressions in the middle the table. They then brought in potatoes and chicken on skewers which we then each grilled.

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Dessert was semi-sweet bean paste wrapped in green tea, a nice ending to a great dinner. The Japanese are not big on sweets and this treat was about as sweet as we would encounter.

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The evening ended with a group of very full diners winding their way back to the parking lot detouring at a small museum at the restaurant where we saw some antique samurai costumes.

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This little one was for sale at the entry.

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There is still more dyeing fun to come as well as our class in ikebana flower arranging. Watch for the next post.

Debbie and David

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Japan Trip-Stencil Dyeing-Part 2

This post continues with our day in Hachioji at Noguchi-San’s home/studio where we learned more about the art of katazome and were able to apply our hand at this century’s old art.

This was the door to a fire house we passed on our way

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and Debbie found another example of the artistry used in such mundane things as a manhole cover.

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This was a piece we did with stencils we prepared using rice resist paste and paper impregnated with persimmon juice. The stencils were soaked in water before we used them.

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Debbie and Meg hard at work-concentrating so hard!!

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Once the cloth is ready it is dried outside in the yard. These are the kimono bolt length boards with several of our projects on each. Normally each board would have one continuous length of cloth.

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The dye vats were set into the ground in a building separate from that of the shed where the stencils were applied. Malou is dipping her fabric.

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Debbie learned this is not a good position to dye from when one’s glasses are hanging from one’s collar. Oops!!!!

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A gracious host makes everything right again.

Noguchi-san emptied the indigo vat to retrieve Debbie’s glasses.

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David preferred a stool.

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 Notice the vats are set down into the ground to keep the dye warm in the winter. Noguchi-san is a very limber man. I envy him his mobility.

Once the stenciled cloth had been dipped the appropriate number of times, it was removed, rinsed out and hung out in the yard with these results.

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Always time for a lesson. Bryan showed us some of Noguchi-san’s collection of stencils and work and a copy of a publication including his work.

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This is an antique piece that was pale to begin with and has faded some with time.

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These were some other examples of dye work. If you are a fabric-holic and appreciate fine work you can understand why Debbie was drooling over these pieces.

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This was a day we will never forget and truly one of the highlights of the trip. Thank you Noguchi-san for your work and gracious hospitality and to Bryan for the foresight to befriend this enormous talent. Well- we are not finished learning and dyeing, so more examples of our work next posting and and an interesting visit to the chicken restaurant. Yes, this was quite a field trip and made for a wonderful and educational evening.

See you next time.

Debbie and David

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Japan Indigo Workshop-Stencil Dyeing-Part 1

One morning Bryan gathered the group together and marched us down to the Fujino bus station where we took a bus to the train station and then a train to Hachioji where we took another bus to the home/studio of  Noguchi-san. The eleven of us were a minor curiosity to other riders as we were in a rural part of the country and locals did not often see so many westerners traveling together using the local transportation system.

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At the train station, before boarding the second bus, Bryan directed us to what we would call here the food court, where every kind of Japanese food was available. 90% of the signs  were in Japanese and personnel spoke no English so the two of us opted for salads and a type of chips. Several others were more familiar with the selections and chose differently.

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Mr. Noguchi is a 7th generation katazome or stencil dyer and is a national living treasure. Japan holds its crafts and artists in high esteem and consider many things as art unlike some countries that lump a lot of creativity into the simple category “crafts”. Under the 1950 Law for Protection of Cultural Properties, intangible and tangible cultural areas of high value in terms of Japanese history or art were designated worthing of preserving. The government designates one person in each area as a living treasure once that person has attained a high enough level of mastery to help ensure the continuation of that art. There are currently 59 living treasures in such areas as pottery, textiles, lacquerware and paper making. This bit of history helps to understand what an honor it was to visit Mr. Noguchi.

Seems like this would be a good idea for the U.S. to do as we have certain arts that are specific to our country (granted much of it did originate in other countries but we have put our stamp on them (weaving, quilting, native American beading and certain pottery work and jewelry designs).

There are no signs or advertising to let one know when they have arrived at his studio. Indeed, it is not open to the public and only through Bryan’s carefully cultivated relationship with Mr. Noguchi were we able to visit.

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The above is Bryan, Mr. Noguchi’s daughter in law, Mr. Noguchi and his son who is working as the 8th generation in this family business. The son and his wife share the home with his parents. The daughter in law works outside the home, which is a typical arrangement in Japanese families. There are two grandchildren, a boy and a girl. The boy shows little interest in katazome but the granddaughter may be the 9th generation of this family to continue the business. This continuation of a family business and life is so refreshing and fascinating to many of us from the west.

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In order to prepare us for this learning experience, the day before, Bryan has us pick leaves and flowers from his yard and do some simple stencil dyeing. This gave us the basic concepts of what we were doing and would hopefully keep us from looking like total idiots on our field trip (although as you will see-we all did quite well).

This was some of our work at Bryan’s studio.

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The paste was mixed and ready to spread.

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Before arriving in Japan, Bryan had given us homework assignments; one of which was to cut stencils that we would prepare before going to Noguchi-san’s. Sophie was a last minute student and was working on hers after getting to Bryan’s.

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The table is spread with items from the yard and we are all trying to be very creative, or at least get something recognizable to result.

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After arriving at the studio we were shown the process of applying the stencils and paste to cloth. We each had a piece of cloth to work on. The cloth is the width of kimono cloth and the boards were each the length of a kimono bolt; although our pieces were much smaller. Debbie worked hard applying her stencils just right. We also had a choice of using some of Mr. Naguchi’s inexpensive stencils.

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The paste application was all done in one building, a shed like structure open at one end to the yard where the boards were dried after the paste was applied. The boards Noguchi-san used were very old and sanded/scrubbed down after each use until now they are very thin.

Now that we have you all hyped and ready, we will make you wait until the next posting to see the dye vats and the results of our work. We will give you a glimpse of a couple of the amazing stencils in Noguchi-San’s collection.

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Until next time

Debbie and David

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Japan Indigo Dye Workshop-The Experience continues

Each morning Bryan continued with his lessons in various aspects of culture and art, often getting out pieces of his collections of dyed fabrics, some of which are antiques.

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As part of understanding the nature of indigo, Bryan had us plant this year’s indigo crop.

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Seeds are planted in the trays and when they sprout are planted into the ground.

When harvested, the leaves are stripped and the seeds are saved. The leaves go through a drying and fermenting process and the resulting balls wind up smelling really bad.

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As we mentioned before, we never went hungry and Hiro kept the fresh meals coming. The selection of fresh vegetables was wonderful and so very tasty.

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Dinner was often accompanied by a little sake. Here Hiro is showing Bryan the bottle he brought home. He must have thought we looked like a thirsty group.

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We did have to do more than eat and drink and the next pictures are the result of the classes Bryan taught us. These are the results of various ways of stitching the cloth before dyeing it.

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These are the result of stencil dying. We will do an entire blog post on stenciling.

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Bryan always kept the vats prepared and ready for us. There were ten of us with a lot of projects to dye so the vats had to be checked daily.

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Momo is resting after a hard morning. She and Geiger are rescues from the area near the Fukushima nuclear plant after the tsunami struck the coast.

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Our evening walks were so relaxing and we were able to enjoy scenery totally unlike that of home.

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It was April and the flowers were just coming out and the air smelled so fresh. The low hills and foggy days were so peaceful and the walks made the trip that much more special and memorable

Bryan’s ghost stories made the walks even more fun. This scene of very old grave sites prompted a couple of good ones.

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Bryan and Hiro’s house was furnished in typical Japanese fashion. The fabric cranes represent longevity and good luck.

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We continue the experience in the next blog with the trip to a national treasure stencil dyer,

Debbie and David

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A Weekend Spent Playing in the Indigo Vat

First the big news! Today is the day I will be on the American Patchwork and Quilting radio podcast with Pat Sloan. If you want to listen here is the link.

All People Quilt Podcast

American Patchwork Quilting Pocast episode 310 Debbie Maddy

We had several people wanting to purchase scarves for gifts so we decided to spend the weekend playing in the indigo vat. That is always a very fun time!!

First I got the vat in ship shape order. Love that beautiful flower on top of the liquid!

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We set up our little out door studio….lawn chairs and an umbrella + a fan.

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We decided to just do itajime shibori and arashi so we clamped, squished, wrapped and tied! We even use some children toys to resist the indigo. We dipped and redipped several times to achieve the deep dark blue. This is the first reveal. I love it!

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After a long day plus another short day we revealed everything. We used some new techniques and were rewarded with some unique scarves. They will all be for sale on Thursday if you are interested let us know.

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I will be teaching the indigo dyeing three places so far this year.

August 6, 2016 for the Quilters Guild of Dallas

August 20, 2016 at A Scarlet Thread Quilt Shop in McDonough, Georgia

November 6, 2016 at Art Retreat at the Prairie in Round Top, Texas

Check my itinerary for the links to all of the workshops.

Debbie’s workshop Itinerary

PS: I decided to do a little scrunch dyeing with fiber dyes and this is the result.

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We will continue our posts about our trip to Japan soon.

Until next time,

Debbie and David

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