Several years ago, we had the opportunity to visit Japan. We saw stunning, eye-popping, beautiful, extraordinary places. One of the many things that attracted my attention was fabric. There were so many astonishing colors and patterns. J is for Japan features a map, Kokeshi dolls, and origami paper cranes, but my favorite details are the little boy and girl inspired by late mid-century Japanese children’s fabric. I was inspired after seeing some of the charming characters on vintage fabrics in outdoor shopping stalls. Upon my return to the United States, those fabrics continued to capture my imagination. I searched for a book and found “Japanese Children’s Fabrics 1950-1970s” by Anita Yasuda and was just the eye candy I was looking for, my versions of two little kids from the pages of that book made their way onto J is for Japan.