Sashiko literally means “little stabs” and is a kind of embroidery campers have been learning in the fibre arts studio. Taiko is the word for “drum” and Portland Taiko graced Art Camp today with many kids of Japanese style drums in the Music & Dance Studio as well as giving us a midday performance. Meanwhile, the rest of camp was a buzz with Tanabata wish rattles and decorations, glass scenes of kimonos and textile deisgns and textures, rice bags, collaged uchiwa fans(paddle fans), wee sized zen gardens to quiet the monkey mind amidst many hands hammering and sawing away, and silk screened noren panels. Rest up for tomorrow! Ja Mata. . .