Cafes in Japan

Hiya! How have you been so far? I am doing great to enjoy my life.

Today, I want to share something interesting with you. You know we have weird cafes, like maid cafes, right? Our cafes are getting more diverse. Now, we have lots of cafes where we can enjoy getting together to share our interests.

Cats cafes where we can touch cats or conversational English cafes where we can speak in English with foreigners or English teachers are more popular. We have more cafes like rabbit cafes where we can touch rabbits. Rabbit cafes are getting popular in Japan as well. I don’t think it’s a clean place to drink something, though, lol.

I have never been to those cafes before, but I had an opportunity to go to a knitting cafe recently.  I have to say that knitting is my hobby. I have found knitting is meditation for me, and that’s why I love knitting. I found a knitting cafe where I can learn Fair Isle technique from Scotland and went there.

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There were 10 students plus three teachers there. We all knitted the Fair Isle techniques.

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Fair Isle knitting started for fishermen, but they have become more sophisticated.

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We can see lots of Fair Isle knitting products which the instructors  have placed on the walls. They were so perfect! I was in love with them at first sight.

A student was knitting her sweater with the technique. According to her, it takes 6 months for her to finish one product!! Oh, I need a lot of patience to finish one piece!!!!

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The instructors show us lots of traditional patterns and books to make us think we can make these!

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Since I am a definitely beginner of this technique, I have nothing to show. I just started learning this technique. My goal is to knit sweaters for all my family! The yarns for the technique come from Shetland, Scotland. Their yarns are very light and warm like cashmere. Since I love conservative, classical and traditional style of fashion a lot, I really really love these knitting patterns!

Cafes where we can learn something is different from schools or clubs. When we learn something in schools or clubs, it’s hard for us to quit after one experience. However, it’s easy for us to quit in cafes. We don’t need to go to the cafes constantly. Whenever we want, we can book the cafes and keep learning. The knitting cafe is open 8 days each month from 10 am to 1:30 pm for students to learn . My plan is to go there once a month to learn. It’s more convenient for us to save time and money. It’s easier for us to start learning something new. Of course, we call these “cafe”, so we order something to drink while we learn.

I had a wonderful time there with knitting people. All of them were very friendly to share their products, ideas and technique.

I think these style of cafes where we can learn something will be more popular in Japan.

Thanks for stopping by my blog entry. I hope I will be able to update my other blog, my porcelain painting blog next week!

I hope you all start a great week! Take care!

-Yumi x

 

 

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Helga Jaermann
    Dec 03, 2017 @ 16:02:33

    Very beautiful work, I love it

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    • yumi
      Dec 03, 2017 @ 16:09:02

      Hi, Helga!

      Thank you as always for the comment! Yes, they do a wonderful job. I love them as well! I am a huge fan of Fair Isle patterns! They are very conservative, classical and traditional!

      Reply

  2. Jane
    Dec 03, 2017 @ 21:46:52

    Love this Yumi. But Shetland is in Scotland not England my friend. It was the Scots who knitted Fair Isle. As a proud Scot I just had to correct you. Hahahaha ❤️❤️❤️

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    • yumi
      Dec 03, 2017 @ 23:45:41

      Hi, Jane!

      Thank you for visiting my blog and correcting my error. I didn’t know that Fair Isle is from Scotland. I had believed that it from England!! Do you knit this style? I really love it and want to visit the island some time. Can you become my company then? I want to take a class or workshop and visit yarn shops as well!!!! It will be so much fun!!! Please think about this seriously, Jane!

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    • Helga Jaermann
      Dec 04, 2017 @ 09:39:41

      As you know, I love Japan, Japan is a very interesting country. Girls knit into the school learned years ago, it was very popular. I don’t know what it’s like today? Probably, a knitting machine replaces manual labor. Hand knitting Pullover or Jackets USW… be very expensive,

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      • yumi
        Dec 05, 2017 @ 16:14:01

        Hi, Helga

        Thank you for the comment again! I prefer hand knitted stuff because it’s much warmer than the machine made. Yes, hand knitted products are very expensive here as well.

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