Gary Bloom's Profile

About

I fell in love with furoshiki, tenugui and other Japanese fabrics soon after arriving in Kyoto from Los Angeles in 1997. I'm still here all these years later, and I've truly found a home away from home.

I enjoy exploring, letting serendipity guide me as I wander down narrow streets; 18 years here haven't put a dent in the number of places waiting to be found!

I indulge my love of Japanese design and vintage images in general, all in digital form and all in collaboration with my good friend Sanae, at our etsy shop Crispy Digital. You can find it here:

https://crispydigital.etsy.com

We also run a shop offering digital kanji calligraphy with our artist friend Hiro called BrushArtJapan here:…

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  • Male
  • Born on January 28
  • Joined July 22, 2007

Favorite materials

cotton, silk

Shop

KyotoCollection
Furoshiki & Tenugui Japanese Fabric

About

I fell in love with furoshiki, tenugui and other Japanese fabrics soon after arriving in Kyoto from Los Angeles in 1997. I'm still here all these years later, and I've truly found a home away from home.

I enjoy exploring, letting serendipity guide me as I wander down narrow streets; 18 years here haven't put a dent in the number of places waiting to be found!

I indulge my love of Japanese design and vintage images in general, all in digital form and all in collaboration with my good friend Sanae, at our etsy shop Crispy Digital. You can find it here:

https://crispydigital.etsy.com

We also run a shop offering digital kanji calligraphy with our artist friend Hiro called BrushArtJapan here:

https://brushartjapan.etsy.com

And I blog about Japanese textiles and other things Japanese that strike my fancy over at:

https://kyotocollection.com/blog/

I got my start in Japan as an English teacher, and although I took great satisfaction and pleasure in that, I was craving a deeper connection with Kyoto, and wanted to interact with Japanese people of all sorts in their own language on their terms, including those who have no particular interest in English.

For the last 14 years I've been representing people here who make and deal in traditional goods, friends of friends and the like. Through that I've been able to learn more about the culture and language and have some nice times over sake and sushi with some very kind, talented people.

I've also been lucky enough to meet some of the people who've found my offerings online when they come to see Kyoto. It's a treat to put a face to the name-as central as the computer has become to my life, nothing can take the place of a warm smile!

After years of running things on my own from here, in 2015 I started working with Dana, who takes care of US orders and sends them from Los Angeles via USPS. Oh, and she also happens to be my sister! It's exciting for us to have the chance to work together and we appreciate your support!

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about anything.

Ookini(Kyoto dialect for arigato),

Gary

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