In Memory and in Honor of Sarah
You will find through
Temarikai.com many references to Sarah Robinson. Sarah is also to whom,
in part, Temarikai is dedicated. She was dearly loved by us all, a
charter member of the TalkTemari
(which began in 1998), British by birth and
living in Cyprus with her hubby (who gave his blessing to this page)
after spending many years sailing the world with him in his navigational
career. These travels allowed
opportunity to spend some time in Tokyo, where she was a part of the
Temari class for the Tokyo Union Church Women's Group. The lessons were
taught by Sensei Ozaki of the JTA.
Sarah openly shared with us all she could of what she learned from
Sensei through the early days of TalkTemari, and is a big reason many of
us fell in love with what we do. In addition to sharing her temari, she
blessed us all with sharing her knowledge, humor, life, love and care;
it was a deep and painful loss when she passed away in March of 2001.
The first edition of TemariKai.com was being built and written when
Sarah became ill in September of 2000, and because she had shared so
much of what was making it possible, TemariKai.com was originally
dedicated in her honor, something which gave her a wonderful boost (and
chuckle). Sadly, it was all too soon before it became in memory. Those
of us that interacted with her will never forget her.
Shortly after her death, I was
contacted by Sarah's step daughter in the U.K., another Sarah (!), and
we quickly became solid fast friends, remaining so to this day. The
friendship we share is a beautiful legacy of an earlier one. It was
through "Little" Sarah (versus "Big" Sarah), that I was given the honor
of bringing Big Sarah's Temari notebook from her classes in Japan to be
We honor and remember her
here through these photos Sarah shared with us. Were she still with us,
she would, I know, still be sharing her love and inspiration. You
will find photos of her work in other places on the site, but here you
will find those that might not otherwise find a place. We can think of
no better way to honor, thank and remember her than this page on
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