|WOW! This was the first big quilt festival I went to, the first being Quilt Hawaii 5 years ago. It's an annual event in Tokyo Japan, and this year is a week long from 1/25-2/1(last year there were more than 250,000 attendees) . I went on Sunday, the second day and almost ran from the train station because I was so excited! I was not disappointed, there was a vast number of quilts on display - over 300 contest entries, and special displays invited from around the world which included Brittish Antique quilts, Korean Nubi and Indian Kantha (traditional quilts from both countries), and American antique quilts, along with other categories of quilts. There were quite a few vendors both local (some spoke English) and international. I spent about 5 hours, and wish i had the time to go back for more.
It was just mind boggling! The skill, time and PASSION expressed in these works of art (I would hesitate to call any of the quilts at this expo a 'simple bedcover') will touch you forever. My soul is still singing 2 days after seeing such incredible beauty!
However, I think there are several negatives to this expo-
1) cost: at 1800yen ($15), I felt it was rather pricey
2) language: it is billed as 'international' however any meaningful information was only in Japanese. I think at the least the winning entries should have info (artist and technique/category/country) along with award title and place displayed in J/E. This is the primary reason I only gave this expo 2 stars.
3) classes- with so much to inspire me I would have loved the opportunity to expand my skills. I do realize that language would be a problem, but first hand demonstrations speak volumes in any language!
I have recommended this festival to several friends and I will definitely be back next year (w/my dictionary or bi-lingual friend).