Would you believe I learn most of what I know about Japanese fabric online? Often from overseas websites?
Since I live out of town I only have access to a couple of small craft shops. Even then I have my two kids, who both hate shopping, so I cannot spend much time in the shops. Therefore the Internet is my best source of information.
I can read basic Japanese so I can access Japanese websites but still even living here I might not know as much about Japanese fabrics as you might!
A recent great source of information for me is True Up
Fabric pictured is Kokka Dutch Blue Ladies which I found and loved on Funky Fabrix
See it used in a fun project here on The Long Thread