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Day 87: Obi-wan for me

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Given what I do on a day to day basis, I find crafting to be a wonderful outlet that has absolutely nothing to do with my job. No babies. No pregnant women. Nothing military or healthcare-related. Nothing. Nadda. Zip. I’ve picked up a couple new hobbies which include creating obi wall hangings.

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Oddly enough, I learned how to do this when I was coming off night shift and got on a bus through Kadena ITT tours armed with an extra-large Dunkin Donuts coffee with extra shots of espresso. I still managed to fall asleep on the bus ride with said coffee clutched in my hand. My fellow passengers were intrigued how I managed to hold onto the coffee dead asleep without spilling a drop, a feat I’m not even sure how I managed.

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The class was hosted by Sachi-san, a wonderful kimono and obi vendor who in addition to her shop in Naha, stops by the Foster Marine Gift Shop every so often to sell kimonos, obis, and other Japanese antiques on base. She also offers killer discounts, the first time I stopped by her shop, I snagged a gorgeous vintage wedding kimono for $50 in excellent condition.

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It took me a couple tries and breaking a few needles before I finalized my technique after taking Sachi-san’s class. I have several obi wall hangings and plenty more to create and display. But I can only imagine it will be rather challenging to maintain this hobby once I go back stateside.

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