well, i finally have the internet again!
my day job, here in kobe japan, is researching post-disaster community-building.
but never fear, i'm still crafty.
i think in the kansai area, most of the craft stores/ traditional craft culture is located in kyoto (about 1.5 hours by train from me). tomorrow i'll go back to a great little shop there that sells all sorts of wool supplies: http://www.hitsuji.co.jp/ (yup, it's all in japanese-welcome to my world)
also, i'm going to track down a store that specializes in dyes...
these leads are coming from the itami craft museum: http://www.mac-itami.com/english/index.html
which i visited last month, and offers TONS of crafting classes...i plan to join a few starting in january.