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Chako Takahashi

This early interest in handwork made a strong impression on Chako. She started a successful vintage clothing business and transformed old, torn jeans, into stylish new jackets.

Chako Takahashi was born in Tokyo, Japan. Chako grew up surrounded by mountains of rice as she played in the cool, dry rice store owned by her father. In high school, Chako learned to work with her hands. There she studied different stitching techniques and enrolled in numerous design courses.

This early interest in handwork made a strong impression on Chako. She started a successful vintage clothing business and transformed old, torn jeans, into stylish new jackets.

Chako emigrated to the United States in 1985 when her husband Yoshi, was offered a good job at a popular sushi restaurant. It was in the U.S. that Chako gave birth to her two children, Shun and Ayaka. Chako discovered Steiner education and was delighted to find that handwork corresponds in many ways to various stages of childhood development. In this model, Chako worked for two years both as an assistant and lead handwork teacher at a Waldorf inspired school in Mill Valley. She taught 1st-7th graders.

Chako joined the New Village School in 2010 as a Kindergarten teacher. She seamlessly incorporates Japanese language lessons into the Kindergarten classroom. Each morning Chako sings Japanese songs with the Kindergarteners and teaches them numbers, colors and other simple words.

Handwork is introduced as a formal subject in 1st grade. However, Chako teaches the little ones finger knitting, felting and simple embroidery.

Chako lives in Corte Madera with her husband and two children.