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About Ginjiro


My fascination with Shibori (Japanese tie dyeing) did not start in a dramatic or cosmic way. How this venture began was accidental and slow; much like love, or tea, or the practice of Shibori itself. In Japan the every-man’s/woman’s commute can take an hour or two. My round-trip commute is four hours exactly. I try to enjoy this strange, quiet time, swaying in the train to and from my office.


I often read, check emails, or organize my thoughts. But, mostly, I worry about my cats and how lonely they must be. I am gone for more than 12 hours each day. How wonderful it would be, I think, if I could stay home with them? If I could take care of them and, in turn, care for the other unsheltered animals in the community?


In Japan, there is a lot of importance to purchasing an animal. It is not very common for a family to adopt. Many homeless cats are left on the streets, or if they are lucky enough, they are left in shelters, but these shelters do not have very much funding from the community.


What can I do, in my small way, to make a change?


One day, I rediscovered Arimatsu Shibori that has been so close to me since I was a child. Its beauty, tradition, and simple but deep technique attracted me, in the same way as animals magnetize me.


Slowly, methodically, like romance and steeping green tea, I worked my way through the Shibori traditional patterns. It was striking to me how adaptable the patterns were, how easy it would be to make them new and useful for today.


So, the seeds of Ginjiro were born.


Arimatsu & Co.
2401 Arimatsu Midori-ku Nagoya 458-0924 Japan+81-(0)52-621-1634  info@ginjiro-shibori.jp

Arimatsu & Co. 2401 Arimatsu Midori-ku Nagoya 458-0924 Japan +81-(0)52-621-1634
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