Who We Are
The People & the Story of Kamibashi
Kamibashi (paper bridge) is the happy result of an English teaching career in Japan that put my husband Chris and I in direct contact with talented young Asian artists whose works we stumbled across and then immediately felt an affinity with.
In 2003, with our university teaching contracts more than half finished, we decided that, despite the 5 months of paid holidays and our attachment to our life in Kyoto, a move back to the US and a career change was a good idea... and so we started working on Kamibashi.
It's now March of 2010 and we've been back in the US for almost five full years, living in the countryside just outside of Asheville, NC (we're both originally from Chicago). Life consists of bird watching, riding our bikes around the gorgeous NC hills, and supplying the best shops in the US with products and artwork that caught our eye while living abroad or on recent shopping trips back to Japan and Thailand. We love what we sell and find it irresistibly fun, and it turns out we're not alone. Many thanks for your support and business – we couldn't do it without you.
Whether you came here on purpose or just happened upon us by chance, I welcome you to the Kamibashi website. Stay as long as you like, and please come back often! Feel free to drop me a line as well – firstname.lastname@example.org – I'd be more than happy to hear from you.
When he's not teaching an art appreciation class that focuses on Japan at nearby UNC Asheville, Chris Daniels, my husband and Kamibashi partner, is working hard behind the scenes to help make our little company a big success. Chris is in charge of designing all of our marketing materials, and is our in-house photographer as well as the executor of a host of other important jobs that all must be done. He also whips up a mean salad (his homemade dressings are to die for!) and other healthy meals for the Kamibashi crew when time permits – thanks Chris – YUM!!!
A writer by nature (and hopefully one day soon by profession), Chris has published several short stories in online literary magazines, and will be writing a good deal of the copy seen in updated versions of this site. For a sample of his colorful writing, see Minoji's bio on the Artisan's page
Our shih tzu Pupperoo entered the fold in April of 2007 when we brought her home from the breeder up the road as a tiny 12-week-old pup. Now at the age of 3 and a few weeks, Pupperoo weighs in at 12 pounds and is a happy, playful, sweet sweet girl who greets everyone she meets as if she's known them forever.
If you're ever in Asheville please come and visit the Kamibashi office and headquarters for a good dose of love from the Pupperoo!