Naturally she has become a very close friend, and when in the UK stays with Susan and Ian Bowers at their Tudor house in Godalming, where this photo was taken. On this occasion she visited for Felix Bowers christening and took part as a Godmother, or perhaps Sponsor, to Felix giving him the benefit of her understanding as Shinto Buddhist.
The indigo dyed Kasuri quilt on the bed was a present from Masumi when Felix was born. It is assembled from pieces of fabric, woven with yarns which have been resist dyed to create patterns and images in the woven fabric. It is an ikat technique. Kasuri is weft ikat; the warp threads can be a solid colour or resist dyed as well, and the weft thread is resist-dyed in specific patterns and pictures when the cloth is woven. The central panel is a picture Kasuri of a Dragon or Phoenix, a symbol of birth of a virtuous ruler.