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(One Thousand Stitches) 

September 17 - October 9

Ayumi Horie 

Elizabeth Jameson
Jason Hirata
Junko Yamamoto
Yuko Kunugi
Toshi Asai
Etsuko Ichikawa
Kinu Watanabe
Yuki Nakamura
Maki Tamura
Saya Moriyasu
Natsue Makino
Rumi Koshino 


KOBO Gallery at Higo

Japantown/International District


604 South Jackson Street

Seattle, Washington 98104

(206) 381-3000




(One Thousand Stitches)


Opening reception:

 Saturday, September 17, 5-7pm



Rumi Koshino is a Seattle based artist who grew up in Japan. She is the curator for an exhibition created  in the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

Rumi gathered  a group of Japanese artists and American artists of Japanese descent, and asked each to make an art piece with a personal  interpretation of the  theme "Sen-nin-bari (千人針), One Thousand Stitches".

During World War II, both Japanese women in Japan and Japanese Americans in the U.S. made amulets called, " Senninbari"  for the soldiers who left their homes and families to fight in the war.  Women and community members gathered together and for each soldier stitched one thousand stitches using  red thread on a special  cloth.  These stitched amulets were given to the soldiers for their protection and for their safe return home. 


"While the devastation in Japan caused by the recent earthquake and tsunami continues to affect people living in Japan today, we are overwhelmed by the outpouring of compassion and concern from people around the  world.  

As Japan begins their long journey in rebuilding,  "Senninbari" is a symbol of  thoughts and prayers directed at Japan from the global community and becomes a focal point for this exhibition."   


Koshino grew up in Japan. Her parents are still there (they live in the west and were unhurt), but she lives in Seattle now; in 2010, she earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Washington.


10% of the proceeds from this exhibition will go to the Ashinaga Educational Foundation  helping children affected by the earthquake and tsunami.


 Community support from Artists For Japan and

Allied Arts Foundation



Ikebana Workshop with Megumi Schacher 

Sunday, September 11, 1 - 3pm 



In this workshop we bring the beautiful fall season into the home, using the reds and yellows of autumn plant materials to make ikebana arrangements with the tall vase. 
Advanced registration and payment required, $35.  

To sign up please email Megumi Schacher 



KOBO Gallery at Higo
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Sunday, September 11, 1 - 3pm
Ikebana Workshop with Megumi Schacher

Advanced registration and payment required, $35.   

Please make checks payable to Megumi Schacher and .  

To sign up please email Megumi Schacher and make checks payable to Megumi Schacher .  


September 17 - October 9
Opening reception: Saturday, September 17,  5 - 7pm
"Sen-nin-bari" One Thousand stitches for Japan
Community support from "Artists For Japan" and "Allied Arts Foundation"

10% of proceeds will be donated to the Ashinaga Foundation .
Artists:  Ayumi Horie, Elizabeth Jameson, Jason Hirata, Junko Yamamoto , Yuko Kunugi, Toshi Asai, Etsuko Ichikawa, Kinu Watanabe,Yuki Nakamura, Maki Tamura, Saya Moriyasu, Rumi Koshino and Natsue Makino. 


October 1 - 29

Reception: Saturday, October 1,  4-6pm
Jennifer Bennett, Iris Guy and Micki Lippe
Jewelry Designers

October 15 - November 4   

Opening reception:  Saturday, October 15, 5 - 7pm
George Rodriguez, Ceramics, new work

In 2010, a prestigious travel fellowship awarded through the University of Washington took Seattle ceramist, George Rodriguez to over 30 countries in 8 months. He brought back a fresh outlook on culture, fashion, architecture and how society  

expresses itself.


November 5 - December 3   

Opening reception: Saturday, November 5, 5 - 7pm  

Junichi Tsuneoka, Illustrations and prints  Junichi Tsuneoka graduated from Waseda University in Tokyo, and later came to the U.S. and studied graphic.  He was hired by the internationally notorious Seattle-based design company, Modern Dog, as a designer/illustrator right after graduation.  After working at Modern Dog for several years and receiving accolades from many design publications such as PRINT magazine, he founded his own design/illustration studio, Studio Stubborn Sideburn and also teaches at Cornish College of the Arts and the School of Visual Concepts.    

November 12 - through December   

Opening:  Saturday, November 12, 6 - 9pm
Simple Cup Show 2011, 6th Annual

Over 200 cups will arrive from around the Northwest and from Japan.  The Simple Cup Show has been generating a tremendous amount of interest in Seattle and in the Northwest over the last six years.  The opening is much anticipated, well attended, with patrons getting in line to get first chance at the offerings.   

This year a portion of the proceeds will benefit the pottery community of Mashiko, Japan   


Other Events:

Saturday, September 10   
Nihonmachi Nites 

Events and specials at neighboring businesses!  

(movie starts at 9pm)  

Japantown/International District 

Featured movie:  Howl's Moving Castle



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