Loading... Please wait...

About

ichiyo-logo.png

 

My name is Yuko, and I am originally from Japan.  My first experience of Zen practice was when I was 16, and since then my life has been guided and nurtured by the spiritual teachings.

The connections I made through my Zen practice brought me to the US with my husband and two children more than 20 years ago.

Ever since my childhood, I have loved hand sewing and craft making.  As a young adult I was fortunate to have some opportunities to learn the traditional methods of hand sewing the Buddhist garment called okesa.  

The ancient tradition of hand sewing okesa goes all the way back to Shakyamuni Buddha's time in India, over 2,000 years ago.  (If you are interested in reading more about the tradition of hand-sewn okesa, click here.

Zen Buddhist practice outside of Japan has been growing since the 1970’s, and many people have been ordained as priests or taken the lay precepts.  Many of these practitioners have also sewn their own okesa and rakusu (a smaller version of okesa) to wear.

Since I moved to the US, I have been teaching okesa sewing as well as making and selling traditional meditation cushions and Buddhist clothing.

When you live in a foreign country, the contrasts help you to realize the unique characteristics of your own root culture.  Especially in my case, being surrounded by Buddhist practitioners - people who appreciate and are eager to study Japanese traditions - has really helped me to recognize how I was, and continue to be, nurtured by the Japanese culture I grew up with.

I am excited to have my humble web store to share what I have deep respect for and what I cherish.

 

With gratitude,

Yuko Okumura

Sign up to our newsletter

Recent Updates