Hello Beautiful Souls! Today, I had the pleasure of visiting the Japan House in London again and experiencing the ancient Japanese art of Kumihimo, or silk braiding, by Domyo. The exhibit showcased the intricate and mesmerizing process of creating braided cords by overlapping multiple strands of thread in a consistent, uniform fashion.

Kumihimo has been used in Japan for centuries to create a variety of items such as hair ornaments, belts, and even armour. Today, it is most commonly recognized as the cord that secures the obi sash of a kimono, known as obijime. As I walked through the exhibit, I was amazed at the complexity and precision required to create these beautiful cords.

The exhibit was set to run until June 2023, but there are always free exhibits at Japan House to explore. During my visit, I was lucky enough to attend a traditional tea ceremony, which was a delightful addition to the Kumihimo exhibit. The tea ceremony, or chanoyu, is a ritualistic practice in Japan that involves the preparation and serving of matcha tea.

As the tea ceremony began, I couldn’t help but marvel at the attention to detail in every aspect of the ceremony – from the design of the tea utensils to the precise movements of the tea master. The entire experience was both calming and invigorating at the same time.

Overall, my day at Japan House was a unique and entertaining experience that I would highly recommend to anyone interested in Japanese culture or art. The kumihimo exhibit was a fascinating display of skill and artistry, and the tea ceremony was a perfect way to relax and reflect on the beauty of it all. So, if you’re ever in London, be sure to stop by Japan House and immerse yourself in the rich traditions of Japan.

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