Category Archives: Diary

Origami Workshop

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Photo by Suleika Malcolm

I am so glad that many people came to my workshop. Big hands, small hands… many hands tried to make origami Santa, Christmas tree and heart… and the people looked very satisfied with their results!

クリスマス折り紙ワークショップは無事に終了しました。子供から大人まで沢山の人が、挑戦して下さってとても嬉しかったです。

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Happy birthday sketch

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It was my niece and nephew’s 9th birthday yesterday. My English family and their friends gathered and celebrate the birthday together.  M and R are twins and I know them from when they are still babies. Now they look like little adults, behave nicely and elegant.

イギリスの姪と甥が9歳になりました。2人は双子。赤ちゃんの頃から知っているので、とてもエレガントに振る舞う2人の様子に、感慨深いものがありました。義理の姉に頼んで2人の思い出の写真をスケッチしました。

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My mother in law made a cake for their birthday cake. She makes very creative cakes for the family every time.

義理の母が作ったケーキ。いつも家族の誕生日に、本当に工夫を凝らした美味しいケーキが登場します。

Pack lunch – bento

Last week, my daughter asked me to make a pack lunch for her. She normally have school lunch but I found “pack lunch” is very special for children after I talked with some mothers. I prepared ingredients on the day before and made her lunch next day in the morning. It was busy morning as my 2 years old was difficult too. But I made it to make my 4 years old happy.

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After school finished, my daughter smiled at me and proudly said she ate all her lunch, that made me really happy. But I said to her I can only do this once a week as I think doing this every morning would be stressful. Also every child has free school meal!

Next morning, when we went to the school, her teacher came to me and said “Hana’s mother, you put too much food in her lunch box. She doesn’t need that much. It has taken for one hour for her to finish eating…”. It seems making pack lunch is easier than I thought if I can make only small amount.

Pancake Day

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On the 17th of February, I went to the Borough Market to see the pancake race. I draw the picture above when I went to the pancake race in Brick Lane. The participants of the race wore unique costumes and run (very East London)! At the race in Borough Market, people wore normal clothes to run. But attraction is different here. Borough Market is one of the largest food market in London. There were some stalls selling different type of pancakes! The most popular one was French pancakes. I tried to buy one but I gave up after waited for endless queue with my baby.

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French pancake “Suzette” looked so attractive!

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Oh I would like to participate when my baby grows up!

Although I couldn’t get the french pancake at the event, I made some pancakes at home in the evening. S loved to eat it with nutella, but I preferred maple syrup… heaven!

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Cute nutella sticker on the lid.