I am finally on holiday preparing for my month-long departure and enamored with the idea of living in nature–wearing loose linen dresses, baking soft buns in a wooden oven, and working on sashiko embroidery nearby a body of water. A quiet Japanese village would be one of those amazing vacation places, wouldn’t it? Thanks to Aron’s perfect little suggestion, I recently watched Bread of Happiness (しあわせのパン). With melancholic undertones, しあわせのパン is an idyllic story of a young Tokyo couple leading a slow life of baking amidst nature in a mountainous Hokkaido village.
So I wanted to do a little interview of Coco, a talented crafter and blogger from Japan. Whenever I visit her blog, Coco’s Day, she is doing something with her hands–gardening, picking wild flowers, making small jars of pickles, embroidering flowers, crocheting potholders, and sewing long cotton skirts. Her photos are full of wonderful texture–soft linen, tatami mat, balls of woolen yarn, and scatters of leaves and flowers from her neighborhood.
Without further ado, please meet Coco!
“I like making my own things, simply because I get to choose the material.
Linen, cotton, wool are my favorites. This becomes the “only one” item in the whole world. A special gift for yourself.
My embroidery is a result of the nature’s inspiration on my daily life.
Walking around the neighborhood, seeing beautiful green and flowers and birds singing.
It refreshes my mind and provide me with abundant positive energy.”
“Any special place to get productive? It is the nature surrounding me and my home.
As much I do like going out, I also like staying home and getting cozy.
Talking to friends and seeing beautiful things get my creative juices flowing.
And most of all, I have to be happy myself. Having good sweet days
always put me in a creative mood.
I like hearing from people around the world and sharing
ideas. I have learned so many good things from all
and it has been such a big part of my support and energy.”
*All photos by Coco.