“Ah…Can I see the bag one last time? Oh…Oh…” The bag maker said that and stared at “my” bag fondly and sadly. There is an event called Handicraft Fair in Fukiage Hall every June and I look forward to buy a bag from Yukako, the bag maker, at her booth each year. I just bought the bag from her.
So, I asked her, “Um…Shouldn’t I have bought this from you?” She replied hastily, “Oh, yes, yes! I’m very happy to sell the bag, but it took really a long time and very hard for me to complete it. I may not be able to create a better one than that…Please take good care of it…” She almost started to cry. I promised her to visit her booth with the bag next year.
I see her have made every effort to make the bag, which is an achievement of her painstaking craftsmanship. Now this bag is my favorite. It was about four years ago when I met her and her bags for the first time at the event. I remembered I was very surprised at her works and liked them instantly at that time. I have bought one bag every year since then. It has become my main purpose to visit her booth and to purchase a bag there at the annual event.
There are more than 150 companies and creators at Handicraft Fair every time. According to the organizer, the event gathers about 30,000 people. You can buy materials such as fabric and yean balls and handicrafts, and try to make something with instructors. So, many people including children were enjoying doing fancywork and shopping this year, too. I walked and looked around the booths and bought two pieces of cloth there. I wonder what I shall make with them…
I felt fulfilled by getting a wonderful bag and seeing many interesting things and happy people at the event. Why don’t you go to Handicraft Fair with me next year?