I emailed Miyuki seed beads back in the winter when it looked like Japan was finally a viable vacation for Zack and I. Gaku has been a wonderful contact and host while we were visiting the site. He picked us up from the train station and took us to the factory where we toured the majority of the seed bead making process. We weren't allowed to see how they cut the glass tubes, but getting to see the majority of the process was really exciting.
There were large bins of seed beads all around me, and their storage facility for eventual shipping of these beads was at least three stories high. I wanted to bury my hands in the bins of beads, but I held back.
Gaku provided me with some beautiful Miyuki promo materials (second picture) and that evening Zack and I had a fun conversation about how I might one day need to start ordering seed beads by the bin. That'll be the day!
Gaku then offered to drive us to the Miyuki gallery which houses the "bead factory" bead shop on the main floor in Fukuyama. Above is my pile of beads. I'm always on the lookout for faceted seed beads since I'm finding them harder and harder to get my hands on. I'm also really excited about the 15/0 Precision seed beads. From what I can tell, they're like little tiny delicas. Swoon.
Thank you so much to Gaku and Miyuki for their hospitality (and Gaku for driving us around!) I had such a great experience, and as usual, I'll always be promoting their seed beads since I've been using them in my work for at least 15 years. I remember when delica colors were limited.
I almost want to go back for more, we passed the Fukuyama station today and I held back. I have lots of beads.
I haven't done much beading on this trip, our train rides have been fairly short, I have been doing some reading and a bit of knitting.