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)

Metropolis Japan

Tokyo Weekender

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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
東京都中央区東日本橋3丁目4-6ICA 3ビルE 2F

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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

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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。

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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。

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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!

2019年1月1日

Happy New Year!! I hope everyone had a happy holidays and a happy new year!

明けましておめでとうございます!良いお年をお迎えください。お正月はどう過ごしてるかな?

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I want to start the new year by making a post about a gallery event that I was a part of in December. The event was held at Design Festa Gallery in Harajuku, Tokyo. Above is what our flier looked like, as well as a short description of the event.

12月に参加したイベントについて更新します!イベントは原宿にあるデザインフェスタギャリーで行われた!上はイベントのフライヤーだ。

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We arrived at the gallery early for set up!

おはようデザインフェスタ!当日の朝、準備のために早くギャラリーに着いた!

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At the event, I sold a selection of my work: large prints, a wide variety of postcard sized prints including both my sketchbook and watercolor work, postcards, my zine, and original pencil drawings.

イベントには私のいろいろな水彩や鉛筆画の作品の他、2017年に描いたスケッチのコレクションも出展した。

I had a lot of fun! So many people came to the event and it was quite crowded! I did an event similar to this in 2016 before I moved to Japan, and it was nice to be able to sell my work in person again.

とても素敵なイベントになったね!たくさんの人がイベントに来て賑やかだった!楽しかったな!

After cleanup, me and some other artists from the event went to get okonomiyaki, a type of savory Japanese pancake (we cooked them ourselves! the ingredients are in that bowl), and celebrate our success! I would love to do an event like this in the future.

いつかまたこんなにイベントに参加したいね。片付けたら、他のアーティストとお好み焼きを食べに行った。

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In other news, my website is now fully up to date with all the work i completed in 2018! the homepage will lead you to my illustrations…

ところで、2018年に描いた絵は自分のウェブサイトに載せた!水彩絵と…

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…and my sketchbook tab is also completely updated as well! What do you think? Please let me know if you take a look!☺

…全部の鉛筆絵も載せた!是非見てくださいね!↓

http://www.juliaelizabethstasio.com ♡

In 2018, I started the year off by releasing a zine of my sketchbook work from 2017. I have completed a lot of new work, enabling me to redo part of my professional portfolio, as well as create a lot of pencil drawings.  I was also able to have my first successful art show in Tokyo. I already have a few exciting things planned for 2019!

2018年に、スケッチのコレクションを作って、いろいろなイラストを描けた。それに東京のギャラリーで初めて自分の作品を出展した。今年も予定があって、楽しみにしてる!頑張るわ!

Thank you for all the support in 2018 ♡

2018年ありがとうございました♡

2018年12月5日

It’s somehow already December… This year has gone by fast. Even though it’s fall, there were still roses blooming at Shinjuku Gyoen. They looked so beautiful~ I want to try and go somewhere else closeby Tokyo this month to see flowers again. If anyone has any suggestions let me know!

もう12月だね… 秋が来たかと思ったらもうすぐ冬になっちゃうね。寒くなってる割にまだ新宿御苑でバラが咲いてるらしい。バラは一年を通じて咲いてる花かな?まだ咲いてるうちに見に行ってよかった。

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I’ve been playing around with the concept on the left page for a while now, and one day I want to paint it really big! The flowers were a perfect background for this sketch.

左のページのコンセプトがいつも私の頭に浮かんでる。いつか大きして描きたいなあ。

At the end of November, I went to Taiwan! I had been wanting to travel somewhere outside of Japan before this year ended. It was kind of a last minute trip but it was exciting to see somewhere else in Asia since I’ve only seen Japan. I went with a friend for a three night, four day journey. We stayed at a hotel in Taipei. On the second day we went to a place called Shifen, which is in the above two photos! It’s a place that is famous for having many different kinds of small shops and food stands, as well as a train that runs very close to all the shops.

11月に台湾へ行ってきた!初めてだった!3泊4日旅行だった。台北にあるホテルに泊まった。いっぱい台湾茶を飲んだりいろんな観光地へ行ったりした。上の写真は十分っていう場所で撮った。十分は台北から電車で一時間半くらいかかった。

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Something else that Shifen is famous for is lanterns! We wrote wishes on lanterns and sent them off into the sky. It is said that this will make the wishes come true.

願い事をランタンに書いて飛ばした!ランタンに4つの願いを書いた。飛ばすと願いが叶うと言われてる。私の願いを叶いますように!!!

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Closeby to where all the shops are, there is this beautiful waterfall known as the Shifen Waterfall. It is said to be one of the most beautiful sites in Taiwan. The water was a really pretty blue-green, and listening to the sounds of the water was really relaxing.

十分老街を散歩した後、タクシーに乗って十分瀑布っていう滝に向かってた!!滝へ行くために大きな橋を渡った。橋がすごく揺れてて怖かった!!でも勇気をもって無事に滝のところに到着した 笑。

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I like the colors of this little picture.

この写真の色が好き。

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After Shifen, we took a taxi to Jiufen. The teahouse in this photo is said to be the model for the bath house of Spirited Away! It was really pretty in person. This whole area is built on a hill (mountain? haha) and is full of different places to stop for tea. We went to a teahouse for some delicious oolong and oolong flavored cakes and cookies. Taiwanese oolong is one of my favorite teas. When I used to work in a teashop in America, one of our Taiwanese oolongs was the most expensive tea in the store!
九份も行ってみた。「千と千尋」のモデル街!すごく人気な観光地だね。行ったとき、雨が降り始めたし人が多かったけど楽しかった。九份茶坊っていう喫茶店でゆっくり台湾茶を飲んでスィーツを食べた。台湾のウーロン茶は世界で一番おいしいと思うね。日本のと全然違う味だよ!アメリカのお茶の店で働いていたとき、台湾のウーロン茶は一番高かった!笑

There were so many stairs and it had started raining when we went so it was actually a little scary walking up and down the slippery stairs with umbrellas everywhere! But in the end I am glad that we went! The lit up lanterns were really pretty at night.

階段が多い上り下りするの大変だった!でもここのランタンの姿はきれいだったな。

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On our third day, we went to Kaohsiung! It was around two hours from Taipei by high speed rail. It was south of where we were in Taipei and the temperature difference was crazy! It was so hot there! We went to a place called lotus pond, which is a large pond dotted with different sight seeing locations, such as the dragon and tiger pagodas in the above photo! It is said that if you walk in the mouth of the dragon and out the mouth of the tiger, bad luck will be turned into good luck! But this week I’ve had some bad luck already so I’m not sure if it worked!! Haha. The view from the top of the pagodas was also really beautiful.

3日目、高雄市へ行った!台北からハイスピードレールで約2時間ぐらいかかった!台湾のハイスピードレールは日本の新幹線にそっくりなのにめっちゃ安い!!例えば日本の新幹線で東京から名古屋駅までは1万円ぐらいでしょ?台湾のHSRで5千円しか支払わなかったよ!新幹線は高すぎる!!!笑 台北から高雄市まで、約353KMだ。そして東京駅から名古屋駅まで、351KMなのに1万円ぐらい支払わなきゃいけない!!なんでだろう!!!

I love the look of the lotus leaves around the dragon and tiger statues!

ほらほらードラゴン&タイガータワー。ドラゴンの口に入って虎の口を出たら凶を運に変えられると言われている。でも実は今週悪運ばっかりだからそれは嘘だと思ってる!!!!

For some reason this was really difficult to photograph! But we stopped by this place called the Spring and Autum Pavilion. There were a lot of turtles around here! And the pavilions were really beautifully detailed.

これって日本語でなんていうだろう。調べたがまだわからないのw

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I drew this little flower based off of a photo I took in Shinjuku Gyoen!

新宿御苑にある花をきっかけに上のスケッチを描いた。

Here are some photos of the other various things around the pond! I don’t know if you can see any in any of these photos, but the lotus flowers were so beautiful to see in person. There weren’t a ton of flowers in bloom when I went, but the ones that were in bloom were so beautiful and big! At one point we saw a bird eating one though and I felt a little bad for the flower :,(

池の周りのいろいろ~ 池にあるロータスは美しかった。思ったよりロータスの花はでかい!残念ながらロータスの花は少なかったが見つけたのはきれいだった!

Ahh after we got back from Kaohsiung, we went to this fantastic vegetarian restaurant called Yang Shin in Taipei. Online, I had read that without a reservation, it’s hard to get a seat so I was worried (their internet reservation page wasn’t working!) but luckily we got a seat! I ordered ham buns with fake ham and these beautifully wrapped spinach dumpling (what do I call these? haha) things that were amazing! We had black dragon pearl tea with dinner that was perfectly steeped. I hadn’t tried Taiwanese black tea until this evening so I was really happy that they had it in the shop! There really weren’t a lot of vegetarian options at all of the sightseeing locations we had gone to, but luckily it wasn’t too difficult in Taipei for me to find things to eat. But this restaurant was definitely the best. I will say though, going to Taipei made me grateful that Tokyo has so many amazing vegetarian restaurants! That was a lot of food talk, but I love food!!

台北に帰ったらやっと養心茶楼というベジタリアンの店へ行った!!!予約をせずに行ったからちょっとレストランに入れるか入らないか不安だったが席が空いてよかった!!わたしも台湾でおいしい点心を食べられてみてうれしい!やっぱり台湾の観光地でベジタリアン向けの食べ物は少なかったね。東京でベジタリアンの店は多いことに感謝してきた。w

That’s all for today’s post! This post was mostly about travel rather than art, but I have some fun art things to post about soon! Stay tuned and thank you again for reading!

今日も読んでくれてありがとうございます!また読みに来てね!

2018年10月31日

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It’s October 31! Happy Halloween and Blessed Samhain!

10月31日だ!ハッピーハロウェン!

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I’ve had a very busy two months since the last time I was able to post! Within the last two months, I went to Sendai, Osaka, Niigata, Nagoya, Saitama, Chiba and Nagano! Yes, I know I am a little crazy but to be honest I love Japan and I love traveling so I don’t regret any of it! The above photo was taken at Zuihoden in Sendai. During most of September, it was still quite warm and even now there’s still a lot of green leaves on the trees around Tokyo.

前回の更新以来いろんなところへ行ったの!仙台、大阪、新潟、名古屋、埼玉、千葉、長野へ行ったよ!相変らず自分の生活は忙しいよね!笑 この写真は、瑞鳳殿で撮った。日本では、9月でも暑いので木の葉はまだ緑だった。

I usually love to draw a lot of pumpkins around this time of the year, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to draw as many as I would have liked to!! Next year I would like to paint/draw pictures of pumpkins more during fall.

残念ながら今月あまりパンプキンの絵を描かなかったの!描くのは楽しいのでたくさん描きたかったのになぁ。来年こそ!

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I was able to see the spider lillies in Saitama this fall!! Saitama is famous for spider lillies. I went with a friend right as they seemed like they would wither. Luckily we were able to see them when they were still quite beautiful.

今年初めて埼玉に彼岸花を見に行った!行った頃、もうすぐ彼岸花が枯れそうに見えたけど綺麗なうちに見えられてよかった。

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Probably from now until spring we won’t be seeing many flowers… I am patiently waiting for cherry blossom season! Although fall is my favorite season, Tokyo isn’t the best place to be during fall because there’s barely a ‘fall’ here.

多分これから春まで花はあまり見えないね!秋なもんだから!桜の季節を待ってるよ!一番好きな季節は秋だ。それでも、東京の秋はあまり綺麗じゃないと思うね。紅葉なかなか見えないし…!

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Sometime during this month (I already forgot when…) I went on an overnight two day trip to Chiba with some friends. It was fun! But very cold by the ocean!

海!すごく寒かったが千葉へ行ってきた笑 楽しい一泊2日の旅行だった。

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It was very relaxing to be able to draw by the beach.

海岸で絵を描くと気が楽だね~

I found a lot of nice shells on the beach! Aren’t the colors beautiful?

すてきな貝殻を見つけた!拾った貝殻の色はきれいでしょ?

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On the second day of the trip, we went to an island called Niemonjima. We had a barbeque there, and the weather was actually quite warm!

2日目、仁右衛門島っていう島へ行った。BBQをやった!この日は晴天だったよ!

Lastly I want to talk about my trip to Nagano! I went there last weekend. I loved it there more than I imagined I would. I was so happy to see that the leaves were changing colors! These photos were taken at a temple called Zenko-ji.

週末に長野へ行ってきた!長野旅行は本当に楽しかった!行ってよかった!やっと紅葉が見えた~上の写真は善光寺で撮った!

I pulled an omikuji, or fortune, for the first time in a while at Zenko-ji.

久々におみくじを引いたの。

I had a lot of fun trying foods that were famous in Nagano! My favorite were these buns called oyaki. They’re traditionally filled with all different kinds of vegetables and every kind that I tried was so delicious! This one had mushrooms in it!

初めておやきを食べた!すごくおいしかったな!!!このおやきはしめじ野菜だった!

I thought these were pretty so I took photos of them too and wanted to post them here~

これもきれいだと思った~

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I finished this sketch the day before I went to Nagano and found a little garden outside Nagano station to take this photo in front of.

長野駅の前に綺麗な花を見つけてこの写真を撮った。長野へ行った前にこのスケッチを描き終わった。

On the second day, I went to Matsumoto! I saw more beautiful fall colors and walked around a lot.

2日目、松本へ行ってきた!そこも紅葉はきれいだったな!いい雰囲気の町だね。

There were also a lot of frogs everywhere!!

たくさんのかえるを見た!笑

I had a delicious vegan lunch at a place called Healthy Penguin Cafe before heading to Matsumoto Castle. This burrito bowl was so good!

散歩の最中にこのカフェへ行った。burrito bowlは美味しい上に見た目に美しい!w

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Matsumoto Castle!

松本城!

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Somehow, someway, I was able to come back from Nagano and finish this painting just in time to post for Halloween. Yay!

東京に戻って次の日にこの絵を描き上がった!いぇーい!

And I would like to end this post with some cute little pumpkin cupcakes I got last night. I am going to miss seeing all of the cute Halloween sweets!!

I think that is all I have to update for now! Thank you for reading!

昨日友達と東京駅の店にかわいいカップケーキを食べに行ってきた!全部のハロウェンスイーツ食べたいな!!わー… ハロウェン大好き!

今日も読んでくれてありがとうございます!是非また読みに来てね!

2018年8月31日

august08Hello blog! It’s been a long month! I’m not going to type too much but I have some things I would like to post!

ハロー!みなは元気かな~?

august01I did this skull study before flying off to America for two weeks.

まず、2週間でアメリカに帰った!帰省した前にこの頭骨の絵を描きあがった。

My parents got a puppy recently and I finally got to meet her, so here she is making a guest appearance haha. We went to Maine for a few days right when I got back, but unfortunately I got a bad cold and fell asleep a lot due to bad jetlag.

両親は子犬を飼うことができた!!家族と子犬と一緒にメイン州へ行った。ホテルからの眺めはきれいだった。残念ながら風邪を引いて時差ぼけに苦しんでたぁ~。

august okRight around when I arrived in Maine, Lughnasadh passed by. I didn’t do much to celebrate though, but I did complete this sketch!

メイン州にいるとき、Lughnasadhっていう日が経った。Lughnasadhとは、昔の収穫祭だった。あまり祝えなかったけど上のスケッチを描いた。

After Maine, we headed back home to Massachusetts. I had a lot of fun seeing my friends again! I haven’t been back for 8 months but time really does fly and January doesn’t even feel that long ago. I visited a beautiful town on the water called Rockport, where I used to sell some of my art! There are so many small shops in this area and if you’re from Massachusetts, please go take a look and support them! I would love to sell my work at stores there again someday. The weather was so perfect at home; in Japan it’s still very very hot and humid.

久々にアメリカの友達に会えてうれしかった!前回のアメリカに行ったのは1月だった。。。8か月前だけど、時間をたつのは早いね。友達とロックポートっていう町に行った。この町は海の隣だ!海を見ると航海したくなるの!笑2年前にロックポートにある店で自分のアートを売ったものだ。いい雰囲気のある店いっぱいし、機会があればロックポートへ行ってみてね!!

マサチューセッツは涼しくてよかったな。日本はまだ蒸し暑すぎ!!

This was taken at a store called ‘Floting Lotus’ that sells yoga clothes, silver, singing bowls, and these really cool handmade cushions!

フローティングロータスっていう店でこの写真を撮った。あの店でヨガウェアや素敵なシルバーアクセサリーなど買える!

august11Right when I got back to Tokyo, I started thinking of ideas for a new project. I have a lot of traveling coming up in September and I am hoping I will have enough time to plot and plan and hopefully start something new in October!! But I’m always sketching down thoughts and ideas in between~

東京に戻ったあと、アートについて新鮮なアイディアとかを考えはじめた。9月に遠征の予定いっぱいあるので10月からたくさんの絵を描きたいなあ!!

忙しいわりに、いつもスケッチを描いてるの!

august12Here’s a photo of me in a yukata from this weekend. I was so excited to wear this before the summer ended! I have one already but I wanted something new, and all I had my mind set on was one with giant peony print. To my surprise, the first store I went into had this beautiful yukata and I was so happy! I wanted to end this post with this photo as a memory of a good day.

週末に人生で2回目浴衣を着た!いい思い出だからここに写真を載せまーす*^^*

Thank you for reading!! Please stop by and visit again!

いつも読んでくれてありがとうございます!また読みに来てね!

2018年7月12日

Hello blog! It’s officially summertime in Japan and I have some things I would like to post about!

ハローブログ!久しぶり!

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To start, here’s a piece that I painted based off of a sketch I did before I came to Japan two years ago. It has an important meaning to me, and completing the painting actually took me quite some time because I felt so strange bringing these emotions to life again in this piece. I think this is one of my favorite pieces I have completed so far this year.

まず、この絵!日本に来た前の発想だった。意味は深いから絵を描き上がるまですごく時間かかった。今年に描き上がった絵の中では、これが一番好きかな。

Next, I want to talk a little about my trip to Okinawa! I went on a long weekend trip with a friend for the first time in the middle of May (sorry I haven’t sat down to make an update sooner! I have been very busy!). On the plane to Okinawa, I was able to see a great view of Mount Fuji! Also, look how cute our plane was, there was a little heart on the wing!

やっと待ちに待った日が来たわ!5月に友達と初めて沖縄へ行った!飛行機からの眺めは美しかった!富士山が見えた!あと、飛行機は可愛かったねハートはついてたw

When we got off the plane we rushed to the famous Churaumi Aquarium. I don’t want to post too many photos from there, but I really love the colors in these two photos and wanted to include them here.

飛行機を降りたあと、すぐバスに乗って美ら海水族館に向かった!上の2枚の写真に写ってる色が好きだね。

Being vegetarian in Japan can be difficult at times, but I had no trouble finding good vegetarian options in Okinawa! On the left is a dish called tofu chanpuru (I’m honestly not sure if thats the correct translation haha) and on the right is umi budou, which directly translates to sea grapes! The tofu dish had beansprouts and scallions and a yummy sauce. The portion was so large I felt like I was in America again haha. Umi budou are a type of seaweed! Both were very delicious Okinawan dishes!

日本でベジタリアンの生活はちょっと大変だけど、沖縄で簡単に食べられる料理を見つけた!これは、豆腐シャンプルーと海ぶどう!豆腐シャンプルーの量は多すぎて食べ切れなかった…。アメリカン料理の量と同じくらいの多さだと思った笑。全部は美味しかった!

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The ocean in Okinawa was so beautiful! I have never seen water so blue and clear. I wish we could have stayed at the beach all day, I had such a nice time.

沖縄の海は一番きれいだと思う!水が澄んでいて砂がはっきり見えた。一日中海水浴をしたらいいなぁw

We swam for a while before having lunch by the beach.

のんびりした。楽しかった!

For lunch this day, I had Okinawan soba topped with ginger and scallions (those white things are some sort of fish cake that I gave to my friend) and on the side I had a delicious agemochi, or fried mochi! We also enjoyed shaved ice. I got mango flavor!

ひるごは~ん!海を見ながら昼ご飯を食べた。昼ご飯は沖縄そばと揚げもちだった!揚げもちはうまくて毎日食べたいなぁw かき氷も食べた!味はマンゴーだった!沖縄の写真を見ると気が楽になる。

If you know me well you know I love plants.  Soon after I got back from Okinawa, it was my birthday! I had a great time celebrating with so many friends and I got a few new plant babies from them! Here are some (soon to be) strawberry, lavender, and (soon to be) basil plants! I get a lot of inspiration for my art through nature so I love to have a lot of plants always in my room.

時間が経ってそろそろ誕生日だった!友達から植物をもらった!植物に触発されるから感謝してる!植物と友達に囲まれている生活はいい生活だと思う。

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After all the Okinawa and birthday fun was over, I finally had more time to sit and draw. The sketch on the left is an idea I’ve played around with before; I haven’t perfected the thought yet but sometimes I just need to keep trying and trying before I feel like I can really get it right. For anyone who maybe has been following me and my art for a bit, you probably have noticed a theme of the moon being somewhere in most of my sketches.  This is actually a way for me to mark time. When I was a senior in college, my thesis was about lunar astrology and how the moon phases affect us and our lives. When I am working on a sketch, I usually include the moon as a way to mark what phase it was in as I was creating the piece. I don’t always do this, but most of the time, thats why it’s there!

沖縄と誕生日は楽しかったけどあまり絵を描く時間はなかったね。左のスケッチは何年前の発想だったかな。。。何回もそのようなスケッチを描いたことある。これは完璧だな!って思えるまで頑張る!わたしの作品に、月のテーマがある。よく、描くときの現在の月相を描いてる。時間が計るためにそれをしてるよ。大学生の時、月の占星術について勉強したものだ。卒業作品のテーマだったから。

やっぱり作品について日本語で伝えたいことあまり伝えないね。英語でも書くの大変だし。がんばる、がんばる、がんばる!

 

I would like to share some photos from when I celebrated Litha, or the summer solstice, with a close friend. We had a picnic in a spacious imperial garden in Tokyo. We made sun water and flower crowns. The weather was perfect, not too hot and no rain.

次、夏至の写真!仲良しの友達と新宿御苑で祝った。新宿御苑は広くて快適だな。雨が降る気がしたけど雨が降らなくてよかった!一緒にsun waterとフラワークラウンを作った!

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This was my first time making a flower crown, and it was much more difficult than my wreath I had made for the first day of spring!

はじめてフラワークラウンを作った。ちょっと難しかったね!

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I love spending these kinds of days with people who are close to me, and I had such a nice day. This is my friend Nolita and you can find her on instagram at @confettibastard!

友達と~!

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Photo by: Nolita ( http://confettibastard.joes.cloud )

 

 

Nolita was working on a photography assignment for class and this is one of my favorite shots that she took.

ノリ―タが撮った写真でーす!授業のためノリ―タはいろいろな写真を撮った!

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The hydrangeas by now have mostly all wilted, but in mid/late June they were beautiful. I wanted to take so many pictures with them in it! And for the sketch… I have a fascination with the shape of ginkgo leaves. I think theyre so charming.

残念ながらアジサイが枯れてしまった。綺麗だったからいつもアジサイの写真を撮りたい!

イチョウの形が好きだから上の絵を描いた。

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This weekend was tanabata in Japan so I went to a tanabata festival in Shitamachi! If you’ve never heard of tanabata, please look up the history! I walked down this street and there were so many colors, food vendors, and trees where you could hang your own wish (you write it on a piece of paper and hang it from the tree!).  I walked around for a while and enjoyed my time.

下町の七夕祭りへ行ってみた!星に何かを願った☆

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I like doing these small sketches because I feel like its a great way to get out some ideas in a time efficient but still polished manner. It’s been on and off rainy here in Japan.

梅雨が終わったかな?

On July 9th I went to Asakusa for a Chinese lantern plant festival! The windchimes made such beautiful sounds!

浅草のほおずき市へ行った!七夕祭りのとき、chinese lantern plant festivalのポスターを見て行ってみようと思った!

The plants were very beautiful and so unique! They sold them like this, as pictured above, and even by the single bulb (is bulb the right word…?)

綺麗だったね。

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Completely unrelated dahlia (and tooth, haha). Also related to flowers, as I browse through flower shops I have been finding so many beautifully colored dahlias lately.

最近、花屋にたくさんの美しいダリアあるよ~ほおずきの前にこの写真を撮った!

The festival was right next to Sensoji-temple. Nearby the many many stalls of these plants, there were also many food stands! You could buy so many kinds of foods such as yakisoba, fried meats, candied apples, chocolate bananas, shaved ice, baked potatos, etc.! But I chose to buy one of these little buns with pickled greens in it, and it was amazing!

祭りは浅草寺の隣だった。いろんな屋台あった!夏だと感じてきた。

So I believe that is all I have to update about! I have been quite busy lately so I haven’t had as much time to be as productive as I would normally like to be. I also had a few friends visit from overseas over the last few months and I will actually be returning back to America for a few weeks soon! I will probably update again either right before my trip or right when I come back. Thank you so much for reading this blog entry, check back again sometime! Have a great morning/day/night!

最近はとても忙しいので空き時間はあまりないね。。。先月海外の友達が来日したし…。ところで、今月の終わり私はしばらくアメリカへ帰るの!帰る前にブログを更新するかどうかまだわからないけど次の更新を楽しみにしてください!読んでくれてありがとうございます!また見にきてください!

以上です!