What is Ihatov?

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Located in the north of Japan is a lush, hilly region called Iwate. Iwate has everything from mountains, river, fields, and a long and jagged coastline. More than anything, it is home to warm, hard-working people. People have lived in this land for millennia, striking a harmonious balance with nature and occasionally even living independently from the imperial court in Kyoto.

A century ago, a man named Kenji Miyazawa was born in Iwate, and went on to become one of Japan’s most loved historical figures. He was an author, a poet, a teacher, and a philosopher. Above all, he loved his home of Iwate. A student of Esperanto, he created a name for Iwate in the language, calling it Ihatov.

Ihatov means Iwate. Ihatov means home.

Ihatov has been my home since 2009. While I wasn’t born and raised here, it has welcomed me and shaped me into the person I am today.

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Knitting in Ihatov

I started knitting in 2012, and I’ve fallen completely in love with it. I have always been a moody person, an emotional person. Knitting has relaxed me in a way that most other things haven’t. It’s been a way to learn more about clothing and just how much time it actually takes to produce. It’s been a kick-ass way to get some sweet new clothes. I love it, and I hope to continue it for many years to come.

In a way, knitting is a personal Ihatov for me too.