2020年6月12日

Hey everyone! It’s been a long time without a blog post. To be honest, with everything going on in the world I haven’t felt like it was right to post/did not have much to even post about besides my art, so I have been quite quiet on wordpress. I hope everyone can understand! I am here today to post about a mini project I have been working on since this year started.

こんにちは、みんなさん!久しぶりの投稿だね!元気かな?今日は描いたイラストのシリーズについて話したいと思います。

This project is called in Japanese ‘Wagashi Meguri’「和菓子巡り」or ‘Japanese Sweets Tour’ in English. Throughout this series, I introduced 7 different Japanese sweets that you can find in Japan.  This is something a little different than what I usually paint, but I hope everyone will enjoy looking at the illustrations. I wanted to try something new 🍡 I will now post all of the Japanese Sweets here one by one as a recap. Please enjoy!

新しいイラストのシリーズ紹介します!「和菓子巡り」というシリーズです。いろいろな和菓子を紹介しました。普通に買える和菓子のイラストと珍しい和菓子のイラストも描きました^^ 私がいつもの描くイラストとちょっと違う雰囲気のイラストですけど、よかったら見てください。

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Strawberry matcha dango 🍵 This dango can be found at ‘Soratsuki’ in Asakusa! They sell different flavors including mango, milk, and strawberry. I want to go back and try more flavors, so expect another similar painting in the future!

いちご抹茶の団子🍓この団子はそらつきという店で買いました〜!他の味も売っています。いちごミルクやいちごいちごなど♪機会があれば是非行ってみてね!

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This next wagashi can be bought at almost any local grocery store this time of the year. It is called ‘domyoji.’ Some people also just call this ‘sakura mochi!’ This variety of sakura mochi was created in the Kansai region of Japan. Inside this mochi is a sweet red bean paste, and wrapped around the outside is a salty cherry blossom leaf 🌸

次の和菓子は道明寺です!あなたにとって、この和菓子はなんって呼ぶの?桜餅か道明寺?^^

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Next is a simple one, but a classic. ‘Sanshoku dango’ is not only aesthetically pleasing, it’s so delicious as well! It’s also one of my favorite emojis 🍡 ‘Sanshoku’ in Japanese means ‘three colors.’ This wagashi, like the one posted above, can also be found at local grocery stores!

次は三色団子!シンプルですけど可愛くて美味しい和菓子ですね ♪

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Have you ever seen an ichigo daifuku like this before?! Before finding ‘Kyorakudo,’ a sweets stand located in Tachikawa Station, I surely hadn’t! Ichigo daifuku is a well known Japanese sweet, but it usually looks a bit different than this! I love strawberry season in Japan because you can find fun and delicious strawberry sweets everywhere. 🍓

こんなに苺大福見たことありますか??立川駅にある「共楽堂」で買えますよ!形も面白いし美味しかったです!!♪

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This is one of my personal favorites 😋 Mitarashi dango are rice dumplings in a soy glaze. When they are made fresh they are grilled and served hot. I can never resist getting one of these whenever I’m out and about sightseeing in Japan or at a festival.

次の和菓子はみたらし団子でーす!みたらし団子が大好き!祭りとかに行く時、いつもみたらし団子を買ってるの〜

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The next wagashi is sakura mochi! Sakura mochi is a pink colored mochi with a sweet red bean paste in the center. This particular sakura mochi was bought at a store called ‘Ginza Akebono’ located in the Marui in Kokubunji Station, Tokyo ♡

次の和菓子は桜餅です!こんな形の桜餅は面白くて買っちゃいました ♪ 国分寺マルイの中にある「銀座あけぼの」という店で買いました。

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The final wagashi is momiji manju. Momiji manju is a maple leaf shaped wagashi with a red bean paste filling in the center. This is the most popular wagashi that comes from Hiroshima! I got this momiji manju a few years ago when I went to Hiroshima.

次はもみじ饅頭です。このもみじ饅頭はもちろん広島で買いました(約3年前かな!!もみじ饅頭の写真を見ながら描いた)

And here is a final photo of everything together:

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Due to my inability to actually go out and feel comfortable purchasing wagashi that are not just from the supermarket, I have decided to (temporarily?) end my wagashi project here. I wanted to keep it interesting and get different wagashi from different places but as of lately this is not possible so I have decided to stop here. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me throughout this series. I really appreciate all the love and support. All wagashi are up on my website and I will post a link below. ♡

これで一時的に「和菓子巡り」というシリーズ終わりたいと思います!また和菓子の絵を作ろうかなぁと思っていますのでこれからのイラストも楽しみにしてください。下にウェブサイトのリンクがある。クリックしたらウェブサイトで全部の和菓子のイラストが見えるよ!

http://www.juliaelizabethstasio.com/wagashi-meguri/

Thank you so much for reading my blog today. I think I will make a separate post about some other art that I have been doing throughout quarantine. I wanted to give the wagashi their own moment in their own post. Thank you so much for reading! Please stay safe and healthy.

読んでくれてありがとうございます!これからももっとブログ更新したいので次の更新もたのしみにしてください。みんな健康に気をつけてね!

2019年12月30日

Hello! This will be my last post of 2019! It’s so crazy that this is the end of the year, but honestly this year went by so slowly for me. The beginning half of the year seems like ages and ages ago.

こんにちは!もう年末だね。これは2019年の最後の更新だよ〜!!

Yesterday was the last day of the “Sekai no Kawaii” exhibition at Picaresque Gallery. It was such a nice show! The gallery itself is located in Shibuya, but not close to the craziness of downtown Shibuya. The area is really nice and quiet with a lot of cute restaurants and cafes nearby.

昨日はピカレスクギャラリーの「世界のKAWAII展」の最後の日だった!!本当に素敵なグループ展になったね!ピカレスクギャラリーは雰囲気よくて、とてもいいギャラリーだと思う。渋谷区にあるのにギャラリーの周りは静かでいいとこだ^^

Everyones pieces were postcard sized and displayed in a grid as you can see above. It was a really fun layout.

各参加者の作品はハガキサイズでこういう風に展示された!

You could take pieces off the walls and actually look at the artist info on the back! We were each able to submit information about us and our work and it was really cool to be able to take the art off the wall and learn a little more about it and the artist. If you had a chance to go to this exhibition, I hope you enjoyed it!

各作品を壁から取れたら裏に絵の説明!「世界のKAWAII展」を見に行った人、楽しめたかな??

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I recently went to Sanrio Puroland for the first time! I surprised my friend and took her for her birthday. Neither of us had gone before and we had a lot of fun! If you haven’t heard of Puroland, it’s kind of like Disney Land but with all the Sanrio Characters, less rides and it’s indoors.

初めて友達とピューロランドに行ってみた!

Here’s me and my friend with Pompompurin and on the Cinnamoroll bus! There were so many cute photo spots.

ポムポムプリンと写真を撮ったりシナモンのバスに入ったりした(笑)思ったよりフォトスポット多かったな!

I don’t particularly have a favorite Sanrio character, but I do really enjoy Gudetama! His space at Puroland was my favorite. Going to Puroland was my last fun little adventure before returning home for the holidays!

好きなサンリオチャラは特にないけどぐでたまの世界で精一杯楽しめたw ぐでたまはかわいいなあ!!

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During the Christmas season, I usually come home so that’s where I am now. I had more time home than I usually do when I come to the US so I was able to clean and organize my mineral collection. Here’s a portion of it!

クリスマスの季節だからじゅりあはアメリカにいるなう!いっぱい時間あったから鉱物(?)を掃除できた。埃だらけだったな!

Since coming home I’ve also had more time than usual to work on some art. The above piece is actually a redo of something I did many years ago. I found the piece when I was going through some of my old art and thought that I could paint it a little better if I tried to paint it again now!

数年前、これと同じような絵を描いてた。その絵はあまり好きじゃないからもう一回描いてみた!

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Here’s a closeup; I tried to put some green tones in the skin which I don’t usually do so I went in pretty light with the watercolor. I really like the way this green and red combo came out.

顔に緑少し入れた。この緑とこの赤は合うと思っていい感じになった!

It’s been snowing a lot since I came home! It’s actually snowing right now as I type this. I love the way that my backyard looks after a snowfall, and it’s so pretty against the sunset.

アメリカに帰った後すぐ雪が降ってきたわ!今も雪が降ってる♪ 積雪はとても綺麗だな。

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Although it’s a winter wonderland outside, I had to work on my piece for next year’s ‘Flower Show’ at the Attleboro Arts Museum! I will be submitting a painting again next year just like this year.

雪が降っても花の絵を描かなければならない!来年の「フラワーショー」という展示会に参加できるために花の絵を描いた!

The flowers that I ended up painting are these two roses, called “Majorette.” I took these photos at the rose festival that I went to last month in Tokyo. Using photoshop, I merged them together to create my composition for the piece. The photoshopped result can be seen in the photo above these!

描いた花はマジョレットっていう薔薇。

Before creating the piece, I tested a lot of different colors and created the color story. This makes painting a whole lot easier.

絵を描く前、いろんな色を混ぜた。そうすると絵を描くのは少し簡単になれる。

Here are some process pictures! Whenever I paint big flowers, I usually paint them petal by petal. The piece is 18×24 inches which is much bigger than I’ve been working recently. It took quite a bit of time to finish.

描き中!!花びらずつ色を塗る。絵はでかいからけっこう時間かかったよぉ。

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Here’s the final result! It’s all framed and ready for the museum in March!

描き終わった〜!!額縁に入れたら完成!

I drink tea almost all day long, especially if I’m home painting all day. This year I got the David’s Tea advent calendar and it was so much fun! It was so nice to wake up every morning and have a new tea to try.

絵を描くとき、私はいつもティー飲んでる!今年、いろんな種類のティーが入ってあるアドベントカレンダー買ったの。毎日新しいティーを飲むのは楽しかった!

Some of the teas were really festive, and some were regular jasmine or black teas. These two above had cute sprinkles in them, and they were really yummy too! The left one was a gingerbread herbal blend, and the right one was a really really minty peppermint black tea. I want to get this again next year!

たまにとてもクリスマスっぽいティーが来た!ジンジャーブレッドマンや雪の結晶などはティーの中に入っていた!もちろん普通の紅茶とかも入っていたけど、このかわいいのはとても好きだった!来年も買おうと思ってる(´・ω・`)

Speaking of festive things, I had time to do a small painting for Yule this year! This is the same character I have in my piece from the Kawaii exhibition. I want to paint more of her next year.

ちなみに今年やっと時間あって冬らしい絵も描けた。「世界のKAWAII展」と同じチャラだよ!来年もっとこのチャラの絵を描きたいわ。

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Here is the finished result! She is inside of a snow globe with her pet bat, enjoying some peppermint hot cocoa (I also enjoyed some peppermint hot cocoa this season hehe)

描き終わった〜彼女とコウモリはスノーグローブの中にペッパーミントココアを飲んでいる(笑)(今月わたしもペッパーミントココア飲んでいた)

On the day of the winter solstice, I got together with a friend and did wintery crafts! We got the ideas for the following two crafts off of the instagram @witchytips. These here are called ‘Yule Altars in a Cup’ and I think they came out so cute. We filled them with salt, herbs, blue lace agate, and some festive decorations.

ん、、!!上の文章を翻訳するのは難しい!友達と冬至を祝った!かわいいキャンドルのアレンジ作った!!!

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Here we are with our little altars!

友達と♪

Next we made wish ornaments. We wrote some wishes onto little scrolls…

次はクリスマスツリーに飾られるもの作った!飾りの中にこの紙を入れた。紙の上にお願い書いていた♡

…and put them inside of these orbs! These also have various herbs, etc. inside of them.

ハーブとかも入ってある!

Our tradition on the winter solstice is to make a big batch of Wassail. Wassail is basically a mulled wine with spices, fruits, etc. We put apple cider in ours and it came out so delicious.

冬至にワッサル作った。中身は:ワイン、アップルサイダー、シナモン、りんご、オレンジ!とっても美味しかった!今も飲みたいなあ。

I did a lot of food preparation over the holidays. These are some cupcakes that I made for a Christmas party. I love making cupcakes!

クリスマスの時にも美味しいものを準備していた!カップケーキを作るのが好き!

For Christmas day, I made a baked brie with apricot jam and toasted almonds. I put little star shapes on top but its a bit hard to see. I also made little oreo truffles! I really love cooking, food, going to cafes etc. but I try not to talk to much about it on here or else this will start to become a food blog!

ベイクドブリーとオレオクッキーのチョコレートみたいなデザートも作った!ベイクドブリーはクリスマスディナーの前菜だった。クラッカーと一緒に食べた。料理もっと上手になりたいわ!

Here’s a bonus photo of our dog on Christmas ♡ She really did not like these reindeer antlers but doesn’t she look so cute in them?

ボーナス写真:このかわいいトナカイ(笑)犬はコスチューム全然好きじゃないよねw だけどかわいいでしょ?♡

Aaaand I think that’s all I have to post about today! Thank you to everyone who continues to read these posts and thank you for all the support throughout 2019. This year was a big one for me in terms of my activeness in the art community in Japan, and it’s been a really fun time.

これで終わりかな!いつも読んでくれた人たち、今年ありがとうね!来年も応援してくれたらすごく嬉しい^^♡

I will see you all in 2020! Happy New Year!

ちょっと早いけどあけおめ!またねー!2020年!

2019年11月22日

Hello everyone and welcome to another post ♡

こんにちは〜ブログへようこそ♡

How has everyone’s autumn been? Autumn doesn’t really happen in Tokyo, so my season has looked something like the photos above. There are still a good amount of flowers in bloom, even now. This photo was taken at a park in Tachikawa during their cosmos festival. When we went, the yellow cosmos were in full bloom! I decided to take my DSLR out this day and got some nice shots.

みんなは秋をどう過ごしてるかな?東京であまり紅葉ないんだね。外は花ばっか!(笑)上の写真は立川記念公園で撮った。コスモスまつりあったから見に行ってきた!黄色いのは咲いていた。カメラでたくさんの写真撮れてよかったわ。

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The pink cosmos were just starting to bloom when we were there. This photo of me was taken by my friend, but on this day I had the opportunity to model for a photography class which was really fun.

ピンクのコスモスはまだ咲いていなかったね。上の写真は友達が撮ってくれたが、この日に写真教室のためモデルさせていただいた。いい機会だったな!

Halloween is one of my favorite days of the year, so I spent a good amount of time in October doing some Halloween-themed sketches in my sketchbook. I really like the way this one came out.

ハロウィンが大好きなじゅりあはたくさんのハロウィンっぽいスケッチを描いていた。このスケッチとても好き。

I was really happy to be able to spend some time at Disney Land during the Halloween season! The Halloween decorations were so cute. This year I decided to go dressed up as Alice. Lots of people in Tokyo dress up as Disney characters in the park during this time and it is a really fun time to go to Disney.

10月にディズニーランドに行けて嬉しかったな!!ディズニーのハロウェンの飾りは可愛かった。今年アリスの仮装をしてきた。

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I had a lot of fun drawing these cute little ghosts! I found so many cute ghost decorations at 100 yen shops this year in Tokyo. From little ceramic plates to light up ghosts to having cute ghosts painted on my nails, I couldn’t stop obsessing over them this year (Just like I do every year.. but specifically this year)

おばけを描くのは楽しかった。今年たくさんのおばけの飾りを買ってしまったw 可愛すぎて仕方なかった!ネイルの上におばけのデザインを描いてもらったしw

I haven’t been traveling much lately which I have been a little sad about. But me and a friend went to a place called Kawagoe last month. Kawagoe is located in Saitama Prefecture. In Kawagoe you can find many buildings from the Edo area, lots of good street food, and old fashion style candy shops. I really loved these cute signs that I found while we were walking around the area.

最近はね、あまり旅行していないの。日本で旅行するのは大好きなのでちょっと残念だなって思ってて… そして初めて川越に行ってきた!

Here are some of the street foods that I tried! On the left is a sweet potato manju. Manju is  a kind of Japanese sweet usually filled with red bean paste. This one had red bean paste and Japanese sweet potato; it was really good! On the right is some soy sauce dango. I love dango so much. If you haven’t tried it, it is very similar to mochi!

川越で食べ歩き!いも恋と醤油団子!

One of my favorite places in Kawagoe was this Shrine. This is Hikawa Shrine. Here, you can pull omikuji, or fortunes, that are shaped like fish! You use a fishing rod to pick them, it was quite fun! Luckily I got a good fortune. Do you believe in fortunes?

氷川神社はとても楽しかったな!こんな面白いおみくじがあるのか知らなかった!おみくじの引き方も面白かったね。おみくじって信じているの?

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For some reason I always get the urge to paint pictures of persimmons around this time. Persimmons are in season now in Japan and they’re all over every supermarket. I decided to buy one and paint a picture of it for some practice. I really love doing spot illustrations like this.

柿の絵を描くのは楽しいから柿の絵を描いた(笑)スーパーで柿は多いからね!!描きたくなってきた。

This was the last little Halloween drawing I did for the season. I have been thinking a lot about designing a character and she has been coming to life a little in some of my drawings. I am hoping to draw her more in the future.

今年の最後のハロウェンっぽいスケッチ。チャラクターをデザインしたいと思っている。もっと上にあるチャラクターを描きたいな!

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I’ve been working on a lot of little paintings lately because I don’t have so much space to create at the moment. But soon I have to start a piece for a show next year and I feel like it will feel strange to work on a large piece again. For now though, I’ve been enjoying making these little paintings. I’ve always enjoyed painting skulls.

最近こういうサイズの絵しか描いていないの。そろそろ来年の3月のグループ展のため、もっと大きいの絵を描かなきゃ!

Here are some more flowers. These were the most beautiful roses I have ever seen. A few weeks ago I went to a rose festival at a park I had never been to before, and it was really beautiful. They had so many different kinds of roses, but these were my favorite. They also had rose flavored ice cream there! It was light and floral and really good.

公園の名前もう忘れちゃったが、どこかの公園のバラ祭りに行ってきた(笑)見てこのバラ!!!世界で一番綺麗なバラだと思うよ!!色は珍しくない?!バラ祭りで素敵なバラいっぱいあったのにこれは一番いいと思う!!ラベンダー色が大好きなの〜 あと、祭りでバラソフト食べてみた。味はさっぱりして美味しかった。

I sat for a long time in a Japanese garden staring at the slight change in colors of the leaves on the trees. It really doesn’t feel like fall here, although this helped a little bit. It was nice, but it doesn’t compare to fall back in Massachusetts!

Thank you so much for reading my post today! I apologize for it being a little all over the place, but I hope it was enjoyable to read. I am going to end this post with an exhibition announcement, please see details below!

この間ずっと日本庭園で時間を過ごしてた。紅葉少し見えて嬉しかったけど、マサチューセッツの紅葉に比べてあまり素敵な色はなかったな(笑)マサチューセッツの紅葉はとても綺麗なんだ!東京だったらなかなか紅葉見えないね…

今日もブログを読んでくれてありがとうございます!最後に展示のお知らせがあるので下に見てね!

Exhibition Announcement・展示のお知らせ

I will be in an exhibition at Picaresque Gallery starting next week! I was invited to join this gallery called ‘Sekai no Kawaii,’ highlighting the different views of ‘cute’ depicted by artists from all over the world. This group exhibition will be up from November 29th-December 29th and I will leave all of the information below. If you’re in the Tokyo area, please stop by! All pieces by the artists are postcard sized and will be displayed in a grid style on the wall. The gallery is super cute so definitely come take a look if you can!

来週からグループ展に参加させてもらう!!とても楽しみにしているわ!参宮橋のピカレスクギャラリーで行われて「世界のKAWAII展」という展示だ。11月29日から12月29日まで。ピカレスクギャラリーはとても可愛くて是非時間あったら見に来てね!詳細は以下に書いてある。

ピカレスクギャラリー・Picaresque Gallery

‘Sekai no Kawaii,’ November 29th-December 29th. Open Thursdays-Sundays, 11:00-18:00. Nearest station: Sangubashi Station and Hatsudai Station. Address: 151-0053 Tokyo-to, Shibuya-ku, Yoyogi 4-54-7

【基本営業日時】木金土日祝 11:00〜18:00
【最寄駅】小田急線 参宮橋駅 / 京王線 初台駅
【住所】〒151-0053 東京都渋谷区代々木4-54-7

https://picaresquejpn.com

 

 

2019年9月16日

Hello everyone! I have been offline for quite some time and just have some travel photos I would like to share. There has been a lot going on in my personal life which has gotten in the way of being creative, but hopefully within the next few months I will have more time to do art.

みんなこんにちは!最近はね…私生活が忙しくてあまり作品作っていないの。だけど、旅行の写真を見せたいので良かったら見てね!

There are so many hidden gems in Japan.  In my opinion, this is one of them.  Close to Kamakura, just about an hour away from Tokyo, you can find this beautiful statue of Kannon, or Guanyin. She is located in a place called Ofuna. This place is very relaxing and I recommend it for a quick stop if you are on the way to Kamakura.

日本には色々な宝物のような場所があると思う。例えば、大船大観音寺!鎌倉の近くにあって、落ち着いている場所だった。

Another place I ended up over the last few months was Nagoya. I really love Nagoya, and it was nice to spend the day there. I have been there so many times but for some reason never had time to visit Nagoya Castle, one of the main tourist attractions in the city. The only downside about this quiet little city is that it’s so hot in the summertime! I went there around the end of July and I really thought I was going to melt! There were very few clouds to block the strong sunlight. I think I will visit Nagoya again before the year ends, and maybe a neighboring town by there as well. To be decided…

7月の末に久々に名古屋に行ってきた。名古屋はいい街だな。何回行っても今回初めて名古屋城に行った!素敵だと思ったが、めちゃくちゃ暑かった!!夏苦手だよ…雲はあまりなくて太陽は強すぎた!溶けるかと思った(笑)今年、また名古屋に行こうと思ってる。

In August, I returned back to Massachusetts for a summer vacation. Where I am from in Massachusetts is close to Salem, home of the Salem witch trials. It’s a cool little city that I enjoy visiting whenever I come back home. The above two pictures were taken there.

8月にしばらく帰省した!私はマサチューセッツから来た。故郷はセーレムという町の近くにある。聞いたことあるかな?その町の歴史は深い。セーレムは魔女狩りで有名!もし気になったらググってみて!ハロウィンの街だね!

Near my hometown there is a place to go fruit picking! You can pick apples, raspberries, peaches, blueberries, etc. Since it was peach season, I went with my parents to go peach picking. It was really fun! And the peaches were so good.

桃狩り初めて行った!実家の近く、フルーツ狩りできる果樹園はある!そこで色々なフルーツ狩ることができる。おすすめはリンゴ狩り!

I do wish that it had been a little closer to fall so we could have gone apple picking though. Luckily though, I was able to have an apple cider doughnut for the first time in four years!! They are one of my favorite parts of going apple picking. I also got a pumpkin spice soda? I don’t really like soda but I had to try it because I love everything pumpkin. Also when I was home, my friend and I made really good pumpkin spice cupcakes, and I used the leftover pumpkin to make pumpkin pancakes the next day! Pumpkin in Japan isn’t the same as pumpkin in the United States unfortunately. I really miss fall back at home!

リンゴ狩りに行けたらいいなあ。だけど、まだリンゴの季節じゃなかったって。でも、私は運良く果樹園でアッピルサイダーの味のドーナッツを売られていた!ドーナッツあまり食べていないけどアップルサイダーの味は美味しいよ!食べたくて仕方なかった!パンプキンの味のソーダも飲んでみた。アメリカのパンプキンが大好き!友達と一緒にパンプキンのカップケーキとパンプキンのパンケーキも作った。マサチューセッツの秋は最高だな…

I had a bit more time home than usual, so I was able to visit Maine and New York as well, which was so nice! I hadn’t been to New York City in maybe about three and a half years so it was exciting to go back. I got to see a lot of close friends while I was there and eat a lot of good food.

余裕があったからメイン州とニューヨーク州も行けた!久しぶりにニューヨークに行ったから楽しかった。上にある写真はタイムズスクエアで撮った。渋谷のように見えるでしょ?(笑)

Here are some photos of Boston, Massachusetts. It’s about a thirty to forty minute drive from my hometown. I spent a day here walking around with family and a friend.

ある日、一日中ボストンを歩いていた。ボストンはマサチューセッツ州の首都。故郷から車で30分くらいかかる。楽しい時間を過ごした。

We went to the North End which is Boston’s “Little Italy.” I got a really good bowl of handmade tagliatelle pasta. Bread with olive oil is one of my favorite appetizers and it doesn’t exist here in Japan, so this bread with olive oil (and a garlic/bean spread) was particularly good!

家族とボストンのイタリア街で美味しいパスタ食べた。パンとオリーブオイルは一番好きな前菜。伝統的なイタリア料理いつも食べたいなあ!!美味しいから!

This month I will try hard and make more art! Please look forward to my next post. Thank you all for reading!

今月頑張って作品を作ろうと思ってる。次の更新も楽しみにしてね!今回も読んでくれた人、ありがとうございます!

2019年7月5日

Good morning! Today I want to make an update about the “Transitions” exhibition.

おはようございます!今日トランジションズっていう展示会について書きたいと思うね!

We had been planning this exhibition for about half a year so it was really exciting and surreal to see all the work hung up. I spoke a little about the show in the previous blog post, but just to reiterate, we had the show at ICA Space in Higashinihombashi, Tokyo.

この展示会のために半年前から準備をしてきたので、実際に壁にいろいろな絵がかかってる姿を見ると「あ、これは素敵な展示会だな!」とわくわくした。それと同時に計画が現実になっていることになんだか不思議な感じもした。前回の更新にもうちょっと話したんだけどこの展示会はICA Spaceというギャラリーで行われたよ!

Here I am with my pieces! Going along with the transitions theme, my pieces are about the transition of time. This is depicted through the phases of the moon, and the blooming of the peonies.

これは私と私の作品!トランジションズのテーマに合わせて自分の作品は時間の移り変わりをテーマにした。月の満ち欠けや牡丹が咲く様子にそれを表現した。

Here are some pictures of the space! The gallery was nice and wide and our work fit on the walls perfectly. We had many types of artists so the show was very interesting and dymanic.

ICA Spaceはとても広くて素敵だった。私たちの作品もぴったり壁に入った。多種多様な作品があって面白いと思った。

We had an opening party for the exhibition and took so many pictures! This is me with two of my friends who also participated in the exhibition. Both of them are named Katie, and they are both wonderful people! Visit Katie’s (Kathleen Yarnold) instagram here (she’s the Katie on the left, and she is a fantastic oil painter!) and Katie’s (aka The Tasty Traveler, a really great food blogger and artist) instagram here !

オープニングパーティの時、たくさんの友達と写真を撮った!上の写真にはほかの参加したアーティストと私。両方ともケイティという名前 笑 左にいるケイティの油絵はすごくうまいからよかったらケイティのインスタを見てくださいね!右にいるケイティは画家でフードブロガーだよ!インスタにたくさんの食べ物の写真が載せていて是非見てください!

Thank you to everyone who came to the exhibition to support! We all really appreciated it. I was overhelmed by all of the people who came to visit.

展示会まで来てくれた人、ありがとうございました!感謝している!たくさんの人が来て驚いた。

Here are closeups of the two main pieces. I used the same set of peony references that I took when making my pieces for the Analog&Digital exhibition that I was a part of at AAA Gallery in May.

前回の展示会と同じように、牡丹からインスピレーションを得て絵を描いていた。今回もその牡丹からインスピレーションを得て上の絵を描いた。

And here are all of my little moons! I really enjoyed making these and I believe they tied the composition of all the pieces together.

月の絵を描くのは楽しかった~!

In the blink of an eye, it was all finished! All of our hard work paid off and it was a great success. Thank you to everyone who came and to those who supported from overseas!

展示会はあっという間に終わった!本当にやり甲斐があった。来てくれた友達と海外から応援してくれた人もありがとうございました!

Until next time!

またね!

2019年6月9日

Exhibition announcement!

展示会のお知らせです!transitionsTRANSITIONS ・ トランジションズ

24 international and Japanese artists present Transitions, an exhibition exploring change.

24人の日本人を含む国際的なアーティストの集まりは、「トランジションズ」という移ろいの状態を探求するアート展示会です。

I will have all new work on display at this exhibition. The work I am creating for this show is a continuation of the work that I displayed at AAA Gallery in May. If you are in the Tokyo area, please stop by!

私は新作品を展示します。前回の展示会と同じような作品を展示します。ぜひ見に来てください!

This exhibition has been featured on the following websites. Please take a look!

この展示会は以下のウェブサイトでフィーチャーされました。(記事は英語で書かれました)

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ACCESS: ICA Space is located in Higashi-Nihobashi, just a 3 minute walk from Hibashi-Nihonbashi, Bakurocho, and Bakuroyokoyama stations.
2F ICA 3 Building E, 3-4-6 Higashi-Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo-to 103-0004

アクセス:東日本橋駅、馬喰町駅、馬喰横山駅 徒歩3分
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2019年5月22日

Hello blog! I’ve been pretty busy over the last month or so (as usual)! I would like to start by talking about a vacation that I went on with a friend in April.

ハローブログ!最近いつも通りに忙しい!来月友達と休みをとったので少し休みについて書きたいの。

For about a week, we explored all around Fukuoka, Japan. Fukuoka prefecture is located on the southern island of Kyushu in Japan. I have been there twice before, but this time we went all around some rural areas in Fukuoka that I’ve never been to before. First, we went to Nokonoshima Island Park.

一週間ぐらい福岡を探検した。福岡二回行ったことあるけど、今回いろんな行ったことない場所に行ってみた。まず、のこのしまアイランドパークに行った。

Nokonoshima Island Park is accessable from Hakata Station, the biggest train station in Fukuoka. On the island there were so many beautiful beds of flowers. I also brought my new business cards with me to take some photos of them with the beautiful scenery.

博多駅からのこのしまアイランドパークまでの行き方は簡単だった。アイランドパークにすごい数の花があってとてもきれいだった。素敵な景色の前に写真を撮るために新しい名刺を福岡まで持ってきた。

After enjoying time on Nokonoshima Island, we made our way to Yame City, in south Fukuoka. Yame City is known for green tea. My friend and I really really really love tea so we were so excited! On our first full day there we went to Hoshino Village. This village is known for growing and producing all different kinds of teas including sencha, gyokuro, kabusecha, black tea, hojicha, and matcha. It was very rural here.

のこのしまアイランドパークで時間を過ごした後、八女市に向かった。八女市は緑茶で知られている。私と私の友達はお茶が大好きだから美味しいお茶を飲むことを楽しみにしていた!!最初の一日は星野村に行った。星野村っては緑茶、ほうじ茶、紅茶、玉露、煎茶、抹茶などで知られている。ところで星野村はめっちゃ田舎だったよ!!

We enjoyed a lunch of all different local vegetables and foods. My friend Kaia got dango-jiru, a local dish of Oita (another prefecture on the island of Kyushu). It is made up of different vegetables and wheat-flour dumplings. I got matcha udon noodles topped with salad (and served with some matcha powder on the side to top it with!). The matcha was grown in Hoshino Village. And as if there wasn’t enough matcha in the meal already, I had a cup of matcha after finishing lunch.

昼ごはんはサラダ抹茶うどんとだんご汁だった。星野村で育てられた野菜や抹茶などはたっぷりでおいしかった。食べた後、抹茶を注文した。満足だった 笑

Hoshino Village is so rural and so full of mountains that public transportation doesn’t go many places. But luckily, the owner of the shop where we had lunch was so kind and actually offered to drive us to many of the tea fields in the Village. They even took us to our next destination we wanted to go to so we didn’t need to wait an hour for the local bus. We were overwhelmed with kindness!! The above two photos are of some happy growing sencha leaves. We were taught that green tea leaves typically take 5-10 years to grow before they can be harvested and all tea is harvested by hand!

星野村は田舎だから、公共交通機関は多くの場所に通っていない。おかげさまでレストランの店長はいろいろなバスで行けない場所に連れてくれた。本当に感謝したな!!上にある写真を二枚は煎茶の葉だった。レストランの店長がお茶について様々なポイントを教えてくれた。例えば、お茶が収穫できるまで5年間ー10年間かかりそう!そして、星野村で育ているお茶は全部手で収穫されているよ!すっごい時間かかりそうだと思った!!

Our last destination was this lovely tea cafe. Here, I tried matcha chiffon cake, Hoshino Village black tea, and this green tea in the right photo called ‘Shiaore,’ another kind of green tea.

最後に、とても雰囲気のいい喫茶店でゆっくり時間を過ごした。この喫茶店で抹茶のシフォンケーキを食べてみた!味は濃くてうまかった。紅茶と白折っていうお茶を飲んでみた。

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Strawberry picking is something I have always wanted to do in Japan, and I am so excited that I got to go strawberry picking in Fukuoka!! Fukuoka is specifically known for a kind of strawberry called ‘amaou.’ We tried many amaou straberries as well as about seven other varieties! Did you know there are so many kinds of strawberries in Japan? It’s really cool I think!

待ちに待った瞬間がやっと来たわ!!!日本でいちご狩りをしたことないからこの体験を楽しみにしていたよ!!福岡のあまおうっていう種類のいちごは有名って常に聞いていてようやく食べてみた。8種類のいちごを食べた!こんな種類のいちごはあるのかしらなかったの!

In Japan, strawberry picking is all-you-can-eat for one hour. We could actually really taste the difference in the types of strawberries as well.

一時間の食べ放題だった~ ご馳走様でした!!

After strawberry picking, we went to Kurogi to see the wisteria. Saying that it was beautiful is an understatement, there are no words to describe how wonderful it is to be under the wisteria flowers.

いちご狩りをしてから黒木に向かった。黒木の大藤は期待以上きれいだった。

Since the area is so rural, there were hardly any people and it was so relaxing. There’s a big wisteria park kind of close to Tokyo called Ashikaga Flower Park that I went to back in 2017, which was also beautiful but so very crowded and full of tourists. So I was happy to be able to enjoy time here peacefully.

あまり人はいなくて楽だった。栃木県にある足利フラワーパークにも行ったことあるけど。。。とっても混んでいたよね。。。黒木でゆっくり藤を見れて幸せだったなぁ。

We spent our last full day in a place called Yanagawa before heading back to the more central area of Fukuoka. This was probably the best breakfast I have ever had. I’m so happy I was able to request a vegetarian meal! And of course there were free refills on tea, as well as the Kyushu umeboshi (red pickled plum, that’s what’s sitting on top of the rice!) I love love love umeboshi especially the kind from Kyushu, I ate so many!

博多に戻る前、柳川に行った。ホテルで人生で一番おいしい朝食を食べた。九州だから特に梅干しはうまかった!!何個食べたかわからないw ベジタリアン向けの朝食をリクエストできてよかった。

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My friend and I rented kimonos for the day. I’ve worn a yukata a few times before, but this was my first time in a kimono. We took so many pictures!

着物を着てみた!浴衣は着たことあるけど、初めて着物を着た。友達といっぱい写真撮った!

After we rented kimonos, we went on a boat ride down the canals of Yanagawa. Yanagawa is known as Japan’s Venice because of the long canals running through the town.

川下り観光をした。柳川は日本のヴェニスと呼ばれているらしい。

The weather was perfect. We were really lucky that it didn’t rain. The boat ride was about an hour long.

晴天だった。雨が降らなくてよかったな。川下りは一時間ぐらいだった。

The boat stopped at a little stand with snacks and ice cream in the middle of the journey, and I got an ‘age-mochi,’ or fried rice cake, to enjoy. The right photo is of the little boat we were on!

川下りの途中でかわいい店の前に止まった。その店から揚げもちを買った!!右の写真は乗ったボートだった。

Before getting our kimonos taken off, we had a little photoshoot in this beautiful room by a Japanese garden that was attached to our hotel. After our adventures were over, we returned to the city and spent some time at a hot spring which was very relaxing. On the last day we went shopping and, of course, went to a cafe to drink more tea. It was sad going home because I really love Fukuoka (and my friend Kaia!!) so much. But I know I will go exploring again with Kaia someday and we will find a brand new adventure!!

柳川で泊まったホテルは素敵で日本庭園があった。日本庭園の前の和室の中で撮影した。その後、着物を返しに行って博多に戻った。その夜、遅くまで温泉で時間を過ごした。最後の日に買い物をしたりもっとお茶飲んだりしたw 東京に戻るのはちょっと寂しかったなあ。友達が大好きだし福岡も好きな場所だからね。でも、またいつか友達と探検すると信じるよ!^^

After returning back from Fukuoka, I had a few fun weeks with more lovely friends who were visiting from overseas. One of the fun places I went to for the first time was Cafe RonRon, which is a ‘sweets-go-round’ restaurant. It’s 40 minutes of all you can eat sweets and snacks that go around on a conveyorbelt, mimicking sushi restaurants in Japan.

無事に東京に戻った後、2,3週間ぐらい他の外国から来た友達と遊んでいた。この間に初めてcafe ron ronに行った!回転スイーツのレストランだよ!40分の食べ放題だった。

It was a little expensive, but I think it was worth going to once! You get a nice little drink with your order (mine was….. I forget, maybe cherry blossom flavor?).

値段は少し高かったと思ったけど楽しくて食べ物は美味しかった。飲み物ももらった!私のは桜の味だった(飲んじゃっても桜の味ってよくわからないなのw)

And now onto another topic! The gallery show that I am a part of is up and running! The Analog&Digital exhibition will be up until the 24th, this Friday. It’s a really cute gallery and in a really great location, right in Chinatown, Yokohama.

最後に!!!参加している展示会だよ!!24日までやってる!AAAギャラリーていうギャラリーで行われている。AAAギャラリーは中華街にある。

Here is what my space on the wall looks like. I got invited to be a part of this show back in December of last year. That same month, I thought of this composition and each of the pieces. It’s really cool to see it all done and hung up on the wall after working on it for months. On opening day I had some great friends come and support me, and it was a really fun day! I’m going to be sad to take it down on Saturday. Please stop by if you get the chance! I will list all gallery information below.

私の作品でーす。去年の12月にこの「アナログ&デジタル展」に誘われた。同じ月に絵の内容や掛け方などを考えたの。時間があればぜひ見に来てね!下にギャラリーの住所とか書くよ!

On the table in front of my work, there is a little notebook for comments, as well as my business cards and some postcards for sale. I think now I will post all the pieces individually.

作品の前のテーブルの上にコメント用のノートが載せている。名刺とポストカードもある!これから一枚ずつ絵の写真を載せまーす。

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Yachiyotsubaki Peony・八千代椿

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High Noon Peony・ハイヌーン

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Shimadaijin Peony・島大臣

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Godaishu Peony・五大州

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European Rabbit・兎

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Red Fox・狐

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Beginning & End・始まりと終わり

I have other things I would also like to post, but I think I will end this post here since it’s already very long. If you made it to the bottom, thank you so much for reading and check back again for more posts!

これでいいかな!長い投稿を読んでくれて、本当にありがとうございます!また読みに来てくださいね!

AAA Gallery

〒231-0023  神奈川県横浜市中区山下町82  徳永ビル206 /
みなとみらい線 / 元町中華街駅3番口徒歩1分     開廊時間:火〜日曜日 13:00~19:00 / 土曜日 : 15:00~20:00 / 月曜日休廊

2019年4月17日

Exhibition Announcement!

展示会のお知らせです!

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I am excited to announce that I was invited to be a part of AAA Gallery’s group show ‘Analog x Digital!’ The show will be held from May 11th-May 24th. I will be displaying seven new paintings for this show.

5/11(土)~5/24 (金)横浜AAA Galleryで行われる「アナデジ展」に参加させていただきます。新作品を展示します。

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I will post photos of the pieces at a later date.

Please stop by AAA Gallery in Yokohama to take a look if you live in the Tokyo/Yokohama area!

展示する絵は来月にブログで発表しようと思います。

とても素敵なグループ展になりますのでぜひ来てください。よろしくお願いします!

AAA Gallery

〒231-0023  神奈川県横浜市中区山下町82  徳永ビル206 /
みなとみらい線 / 元町中華街駅3番口徒歩1分     開廊時間:火〜日曜日 13:00~19:00 / 土曜日 : 15:00~20:00 / 月曜日休廊

2019年3月27日

Hello everyone!

こんにちはみなさん!

I have been a little quiet recently on social media in regards to my art. This is because I am currently working on a series of paintings for an exhibition that I would like to introduce later on! So this will be a quick post despite all the work I have been doing.

最近、私はあまりツイッターやインスタなどに作品の写真を載せていない。だって次の展示会のため、いろんな水彩絵を描いていて全部が描き終わったら発表するんだ!そして今日ざっとブログを更新するよ!

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I spent some time at the end of February sketching some succulent studies (I may have also extended my succulent family at home). I’m grateful that I have lovely friends who send me pictures of their plant babies for drawing reference!

多肉植物の習作。スケッチのため、友達が多肉植物の写真を送ってくれた!優しいなあ!あと、植物を買うのやめられないなw

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My cousin and her husband spent some time in Japan with me recently. We went to Kamakura for a day and visited all the usual Kamakura sightseeing spots, including this guy.

2月にいとこといとこの旦那さんは初めて来日した!鎌倉へ行ったり観光したりした。

We also stopped by the bamboo forest in Kamakura! Despite being the end of February, the weather was so nice this day.

報国寺にて。まだ冬にも関わらず、かなり暖かったな。

My luna moth painting was at an exhibition in Massachusetts last weekend! My painting was a part of the Attleboro Arts Museum’s ‘Flower Show.’ Even though I couldn’t attend the show, it seemed so beautiful from the pictures!

先週末に自分の絵は展示された!展示会はアメリカのマサチューセッツ州にある美術館で行われた。現在私は日本にいるから展示会へ行けなかったけどとても素晴らしそうだったね!

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I was told that many people attended and it was a great exhibition! There were sculputures and flower installations at the show as well.

I will continue to work hard for my next exhibition!! Thank you for reading! Check my twitter and instagram (both @ kumoriluna) for more updates soon regarding my next show (it will be in Japan!).

素敵なイベントって聞いた!彫刻アートも展示された。

次の展示会のために頑張ってるわ!!!展示会の発表は近日発表する予定だよ。ツイッターとインスタで発表するのでフォローしてね!垢は→@ kumorilunaだよ!

いつも読んでくれてありがとうございます!!

2019年2月5日

Hello everyone. I hope everyone has had a good start to 2019 so far. I’ve been up to a few things that I want to write about!

みんな、こんにちは!どうしてるかな?

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I will be painting a lot over the next few months so unfortunately I don’t think I will have much time to draw in my sketchbook. I actually completed this piece before 2019 started but I didn’t find a good place to photograph it until more recently!

今年、たくさんの水彩絵を描かなきゃいけなくてスケッチブックに描く時間はあまりないの!上のスケッチは12月に描き終わったよ。

I think this year I want to start carrying my DSLR around with me more, and I’ve been enjoying dabbling in photography again lately! I love to go to Shinjuku Imperial Garden to look at the roses but it’s not the season for them anymore, so I didn’t get too many good photos. But luckily, there are always flowers blooming in the greenhouse and I had a lot of fun photographing them! Here are two of my favorite photos from that day’s shoot.

今年の目標を1つ:写真いっぱい撮りたい!新宿御苑の温室へ行ったことある??新宿御苑の花はもう枯れてしまったけど、温室の中にまだ綺麗な花たくさんあるよ!一時間ぐらい温室の中で写真を撮ってた。暑かったな。笑

luna sketch

I finished a painting in the month of January! The painting is of this Luna Moth. I was really lucky to have the actual Luna Moth to draw from as reference.

先月、蛾の絵を描き終わった!オオミズアオという蛾だよ!日本でオオミズアオを見たことある?本物の蛾を持ってるからデッサン描きやすかった。

luna color studies

I did some color studies before starting the painting. The colors I ended up using were a little different what I usually paint with.

水彩絵の具で絵を描く前に色のサンプルを作ってみた。使ったことない水彩絵の具を初めて使ったので蛾の色はうまく載せられるようにちゃんと色のサンプルを作ってから描くことにした。

luna

I like how the final painting turned out! Got a matboard cut as well as a nice frame and she is currently en route to the United States! This piece will be a part of the 2019 ‘Flower Show’ in Attleboro, Massachusetts from March 21st to 24th! I will not be attending the exhibition since I am currently in Tokyo, but if anyone reading this is in Massachusetts, please stop by and take a look!

完成!マットを切ってもらって無事に額縁に入った!そして、この絵は今アメリカに向かってるの!!私はアメリカのマサチューセッツにあるギャラリーのイベントに参加するよ!!この絵は3月21日から24日までAttleboro Art Museumっていうギャラリーで展示される!私は展示へ行けないけどきっと素敵なイベントになるよ!

I love food. If anyone is in the Ueno area and wants a good, healthy meal, Guruatsu is a great restaurant! It’s a little out of the way but it’s very worth it. They are also a vegan bakery serving a wide selection of muffins, scones, and cookies! I’m not in Ueno often but I would like to visit here again!

食べ物大好きw もし美味しくてヘルシーな食べ物を食べたかったら、上野にある「ぐるあつ」という店へ行ってみてね!ヴィーガン向けだしさまざまなスコーンやクッキーなどが販売されてる!普段あまり上野に行かないけどいつかもう一度行ってみたいな!

Expect some butterfly art in the future… once I finish all the other work I need to get done… hahaha.

いつか… 将来… 蝶の絵を描くつもりだよ…。国立科学博物館で蝶の写真いっぱい撮ってきたよ…。w

And lastly, over the weekend a good friend and I celebrated Imbolc by visiting a peony garden. Imbolc marks the halfway point between winter and spring. I took many photo references for a new project at the garden!

最後に、インボルクっていう祭り知ってる?冬至と春分の間にある祭りなんだ。春の訪れを祝う日!ということはそろそろ春が来るよね!インボルクはぼたん苑で過ごしてた。牡丹にインスピレーションを受けて新しい作品を作ってるので楽しみにしてね!次回発表するよ!蛾の絵を完成させたから次のプロジェクトによく集中できるようになった!

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That’s all for now! See you next time! Thank you for reading.

いつも読んでくれてありがとう!