We recently paid a pilgrimage to nomad artist Mr. Asao Shimura, currently living in Sitio Poking, Kapangan, roughly 4 hours away from Baguio City.
He calls it the “Kami Retreat”. We stayed in his house/studio/gallery called “No One Would Come” because it is situated too far deep in the mountains. We made it though and that weekend was truly rewarding.
We learned about the wonders of konjac intaglio printing, the process of making locally made paper from pinya fiber, introduced to the world of miniature bookmaking, and was even served a traditional Japanese meal by Mr. Shimura himself, with a little tweak here and there, called kami nabe. He even took us for a dayhike with his whole family after his workshop. We will be forever grateful for their hospitality and kindness. It truly was an unforgettable retreat.
Looking forward to share what we learned in our future trips! We’re also planning to go back to Poking because Mr. Shimura wants to learn Photoshop, hehehe!
Interested to meet Mr. Asao Shimura? You can get in touch with him through Facebook! 🙂