ASIJ parent Jacqueline Wein gives us an inside look at the making of this year’s ASIJ quilt which will be auctioned to benefit the school at the Spring Gala.

Tokyo Jinja

So I’ve been making lots of teasing comments about koi and kasuri lately, with a very good reason. This year, our annual quilt for The American School in Japan Gala fundraiser is a deep indigo pool made of kasuri, with three charming carp frolicking in the rain. Koi are the beloved ornamental varieties of common carp that are kept as pets in ponds and the word koi is itself a homophone for another Japanese word that means “affection” or “love”; koi are therefore symbols of love and friendship in Japan. The name of the quilt, Carpe “Triem”, reminds us to seize the day (or seize the quilt!) and is a play on our trio of friends. Inspiration came in many forms, from modern woodblock prints, like this one, ‘Pillow Talk” by Daniel Kelly

2011 Daniel Kelly prints Pillow Talk

…to ‘Whisper whisper 7’ amongst others from Kaneko Kunio.

Kaneko Kunio Whisper

Koinobori, meaning ‘carp streamer’ in Japanese, are carp-shaped wind socks traditionally flown to celebrate Boy’s…

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