Hello, I am Hiromi. Welcome to KOBO H.
Born in Shizuoka, Japan, famous for Mt. Fuji and green tea. Except the very hot humid summer, pretty mild climate which creates the easy going Shizuoka temperament – Go with the flow.
I was a kid who loved creating things with yarns, fabrics and threads. I rather read books at home or visiting my neighbor grandma who thought me how to hand sew than playing outside with other kids. I was a very introvert kid. It was not a good thing back then. Being a kid was tough for me.
I wanted to go to an art school after high school. All adults around me told to me that it wouldn’t be a good idea, wouldn’t pay my bills when I graduated. I went to a junior college, learned English Literature instead.
Much later, around 1996, one of my ideas from college started surfacing – I want to go to a school in US. I checked my bank account and figured attending a community college for 2 years would be doable. YES!
I started looking for a school, preparing for TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), a student visa and more. I moved to Bellevue, Washington in 1999 to attend Bellevue Community College, now Bellevue College to learn Web design.
One of my big surprises after I moved was that people here admired and appreciated Japanese art and culture more than any Japanese I knew including me. I went to the Internet to see what Japan has been offering. It was, beautiful. Things made by hands, carried generation to generation in small communities. And here I am, still love creating things by my hands. Probably even more.
Now I live in Snoqualmie Valley – a small community in Pacific Northwest.
I designed my first website, KOBOH.com in 2008. It has been lots of changes and pauses. And now, my hope is to share a sense of connection as a creative community with many happy faces.
Thanks for being here with me, very much appreciate it.