Category Archives: Personal work

Christmas..!

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For this Christmas, I printed 80 Christmas cards.

It was a lovely Christmas with our British family in Hertford. I have grown up in Japan and I have never experienced a Christmas like here this… especially for my daughters I can imagine how magical and dreamy event it is. So I understand why many adults get excited for Christmas like children.

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My 2 & 4 years old realised that elf was not in our flat after Christmas. They were talking to him almost every day. I’m sure he will come back next year.

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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。

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。

Preparing for Christmas

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British people start preparation for Christmas just after Halloween.. It’s still November but my town switched on the Christmas lights and had a big Christmas event last weekend. In my country, Japan, New Year’s cards are more popular, and they should be delivered from new year day to the 7th of January.  But in the UK, people start sending Christmas cards from 1st of December. I always start Christmas card preparation late as this reason (if I can make excuse), but this year I am making a little more effort, trying to catch up with British pace. Hopefully my Christmas cards will be sent in the beginning of December!

ハロウィンが終わると、12月を待たずにクリスマスモードが一気に高まります。私の住む街でも、大きなクリスマスツリーに光が灯される大きなイベントがありました。サンタのお家に行って小さなプレゼントをもらったり、トナカイが観れるブースが設定されたり、仮設遊園地ができたり。私はここ数年、クリスマスカードを作るのが遅過ぎて送り損ねた事が何度かあります。日本の年賀状は年末ギリギリまでチャンスがありますが、イギリスでは12月1日から送ることができ、クリスマスを迎える頃は、どこの家庭にも届いたカードがずらりと並べられて飾ってあります。なのでクリスマス後にカードが着くのは、2月に年賀状が届ような、ちょっと野暮な感じになるのです。

というわけで、今年は早めに絵を仕上げてスキャンしてカードを作ろうとしているのですが、12月も目の前。オタオタしてられません!

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Open exhibition

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I submitted my 2 watercolor paintings to the open exhibition at New Maynard Gallery at WGC. The exhibition is now open and it will finish on the 24th of November 2018.

I met some local artists and we had interesting conversation at the private viewing last week. It’s about 6 months after we moved to Hertfordshire from London. This is my first step to get involved in the local arts event.

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Children in nature

After we moved in Hertfordshire in April,  we found lots of places were just naturally beautiful. We soon loved visiting bluebell forest, running in a cowslip fields and exploring different places in nature.

I wanted to draw these memories with watercolour, especially with Japanese watercolour called gansai, that I bought in Japan this summer. It’s solid paint, and it has been used for traditional Japanese paintings. I used color pencils too.

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