All photos in this post were taken by me, designs copyright of Shizuka Kusano
Well, we went to Edinburgh to see the exhibition and we had a fabulous time. It took us 4.5 hours to get there and the same to get home so a very long day but worth every minute. Kusano san was charming and kind and she and her students welcomed us with open arms, answering our endless questions and enquiries. Mrs Tarahara, wife of the Japanese Consul General in Edinburgh, was sporting a beautiful obi embroidered by Kusano san and helped very much by doing a fine job of interpreting for us.
I was moved beyond words by some of the work and feel proud and privileged that I got to see the first exhibition of Kusano sans work outside of Japan. I hope this is not the last time we will see her in Europe and if you ever get the chance to visit an exhibition of her work take it.
This is the link to Kusano sans website - with some very nice pictures, and this is the link to the article on the official opening of the exhibition from the Edinburgh Reporter. More lovely pictures.
AND.... we were allowed to take pictures, here is just a small selection of the 100 or more I took during our visit.
Mrs Tarahara's beautiful obi.