I recently attended a Braiding Conference in Iga City, Japan where my study was with masters of the kumihimo art and jewelry. Iga City is the city of kumihimo and Ninjas. The photo in the background, Iga City castle, is a museum of art and culture. Samurai armor where the braiding of the masters is still preserved and exhibited here. I have returned to my business in Tucson, Arizona, inspired and looking to step up my braided and beaded jewelry.