Friday, January 6, 2012

Miyuki | Haiku Celebration Monday January 9th at Shaab

In the 1940's which was considered the Showa Period in Japan, seed beads were being made and in 1949 on the island of Hiroshima, Miyuki Shoji of Japan was established.  The world of ornamentation, embellishing, off loom and on loom beading has never been the same.  They consider the making of bead a fusion of artistry, hand crafting and technology.  Creating new shapes such as the world renowned Delica Beads and Tila Beads has changed the face of how we are creating beaded objects to treasure and to transcend the times and to resonate. 
Miyuki's New Galvanised Seed Beads in Size 11/0

As a child all the way in the US I was taught Haiku Poetry as a concept that came from Japan and it has different constructs from Japanese to English yet still holds the same depth and accessibility to approach.  Haiku tends to use nature and seasonality to evoke moods and moments of reflection that are quite symbiotic to the contemplative practice of beading.  In the English version of Haiku, one will have a total of 17 syllables so to speak broken into three lines whereby the first line consists of 5 syllables, the second line of 7 syllables and the last line of the poem is 5 syllables. 

Here is one of the most famous Haiku poems in Japanese by Matsuo Basho " The Old Pond" and then transliterated:

Furuike ya
kawazu tobikomu
mizu no oto

An old silent pond...
A frog jumps into the pond,
splash! Silence again.

Translated by Harry Behn

So, we would like to invite you to contribute your hand at Haiku poetry, we will be showcasing the poetry amidst the beauty and new range of our Miyuki beads as they feed our desires for beauty and poetry.  Themes of nature, seasonality, moods and colors can be your starting point. It can be in English, Japanese or any language as long as it fits the syllable construct.  You can email your Haiku poem to and it will be showcased in the shop during this month as we celebrate life, beads, Haiku and Miyuki. 

In addition, for our Miyuki passionistas we will be celebrating the whole new range with over 72 new beads ranging from Delicas, Magatamas, Seed Beads and Bugle Beads so mark your calendar and please join us for some Japanese Tea, Edamame, Japanese Music, Haiku and the breathtaking beauty and luster of  Miyuki Beads.

Date:  Monday January 9th
Time:  6:00 PM- 9:30 PM
Venue:  LB o J'zazz Shaab el Bahry
Block 8 Mohammed Darwish Al Aradi Street (formerly Ibn el Khatib)
Shopping Complex adjacent to Executive Flex

For more information you can also contact us at the shop at 2261-0686.

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