It is hard for me to believe my 7th daughter, and 2nd youngest child, Laurie, has completed her first year of college (with a 3.8 GPA). I've always called her little Laurie because of her family placement and her attachment to me. Laurie has been in the Business Scholars class at the University of Utah. She had a fabulous opportunity to travel to Japan to meet with businesses and have a cultural experience with her class. The trip was subsidized partly by businesses in Japan and the College of Business at University of Utah.
Here is Laurie in front of one of Japan's beautiful temples. Laurie remarked on the incredibly green landscape and the humidity that goes with that color.
How could I pass up having Laurie do a little fabric shopping for me in Japan!? I emailed Ayumi and asked her about store recommendations. Thanks so much Ayumi. Laurie found Yuzawaya. It is like a department store for crafts, yarn and fabric. I found a blogger that posted about it here.
Laurie was worried about the yen vs. dollar here in this photo, I think. Plus I am sure the store was overwhelming to her as she's not a sewer, quilter or knitter.
She brought home some great fat quarters. They are all really cute. Now I have to decide how to use them.
She also brought me some washi tape and a little souvenir thimble. Sweet.
Laurie said she had the very best fruit and tomatoes that she's had in her life. There were some Japanese foods she wasn't as excited about. But she brought some fun candy back to show us the differences in flavor and packaging.
Laurie had a great time there and loved every moment of her Japanese experience. She did get lost once (scary) but even that turned out to be a good experience. One of the things she took photos of was the funny Japanese signs. Well, funny to us. Laurie remarked on the polite people and the clean cities. I am glad to have her back home but she was sad to leave Japan. I will never get to Japan so it is wonderful to see that country through my little Laurie's eyes.