2018年5月17日

It’s already May and I can’t believe it. In Japan it’s getting quite warm and it already feels like summer. I’m a little late with making a post this month because I have been quite busy!

もう5月だよね?今日の天気は暑くてもう夏らしい!みなは元気かな?今月の更新は少し遅いね。思ったより5月は忙しいんだ。

A little while ago now I painted this jackalope based off of a photo I took of a tree in a forest many years ago. The sketch for it was also completed a while ago, but I never sat down and actually got the chance to paint it! The full image can be seen on my website at http://www.juliaelizabethstasio.com

最初、この絵!森にいるジャッカロープだ。ジャッカロープっていう動物知っているの?存在は未確認だ!可愛いでしょ?この絵は数年前に撮った写真からアイディアを得て描いた森だ。この絵は自分のウェブサイトで見えるよ → http://www.juliaelizabethstasio.com

I went to Fukuoka last month for the first time in three years! One of the first places I went to was Ohori koen, a nice open park with this cute little pagoda (?) in the center. You can see all kinds of animals here! Turtles and koi fish and ducks and…. many pigeons.

来月、3年ぶりに大好きな福岡へ行ってきた!これは大濠公園で撮った写真。この公園で動物いっぱい見えるよ笑 鯉とか、カメとか。。。アヒルも可愛かった。

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While I was walking along the path by the park, I took this photo! Lately I really enjoy painting (and buying…) succulents! I find the repetitive patterns relaxing to draw.

散歩している最中にこの写真を撮った!最近多肉植物を描くのは楽しいと思う~ 描くとリラックスできる。あと多肉植物を買うのをやめられないのw

Next is this guy!! This is the buddha at Nanzoin. It’s not too far from Hakata in Fukuoka. The train ride is a nice relaxing journey through a very rural part of the city.

南蔵院へ行ってきた!博多から電車であまり遠くない。電車の中から福岡の田舎が見えた!

I always find things when I’m traveling that I wish I could read and comprehend. Learning a language really is a lifelong journey and the more I learn, the more I realize I don’t know. I’ll keep working hard so I can understand the things I want to read (like these signs that I thought were interesting)!

この看板(?)気になるけど書いてある言葉わからない!観光しているとき、よく読めない漢字とかわからない言葉は多いのでいつか読めるようになりたい!私の日本語は全然完璧じゃないね、頑張らなきゃ!

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Whenever I think of spring in Japan, I think of lots and lots of flowers! This photo was taken in front of some tulips in a park in Tokyo. They were close to withering but most of them still looked nice. Here’s a poppy and a bat skull!

日本の春といえば花をイメージするの。4月下旬によく花を見つめに行った。スケッチの花はポピーけどチューリップの前にこの写真を撮った。そのとき、もうすぐチューリップが枯れそうだった。頭骨は蝙蝠の!

Recently was a series of holidays in Japan called Golden Week. Many people travel during this time and lots of places become busy, but me and a friend were able to make it to this beautiful park in Ibaraki! It’s a bit of a hike from Tokyo, and our commute was rough so it took us a bit longer than expected. But it was worth it to see this beautiful view! The flowers are called nemophila; they were in my painting that I posted last month! They’re quite small flowers, but I find something about them to be very charming.

みなのGWはどうだった?私は初めてひたち海浜公園へ行った!実はひたちへ行くのはめんどくさかったよね。バスも遅れてたし時間も少なかったけど行く価値のある公園だ!ネモフィラは美しくて海のように見えた。

 

Me, a dark priness in my flower kingdom, and a closeup of the flowers and a little red friend ♡

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I drew this for the full moon, with a little nemophila at the bottom!

4月の満月を考えてこれを描いた。小さなネモフィラも描いた!

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May 1st was Beltane, and I drew this little sketch for it. Beltane is traditionally a fire festival, and a day to honor the sun. It is also a day to represent the peak of spring and also the coming of summer. Here I took inspiration from all the flowers blooming in Japan and I drew this sketch. I was busy this day and didn’t have much time to celebrate unfortunately.

5月1日はbeltaneっていう祝日だった。時間はなかったのであまり祝わなかったけど。

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My final journey I took during golden week was to the Ushiku Daibutsu in Ibaraki. For how close it is to Tokyo, I’m a little surprised that most people don’t even know it exists. This is the largest Buddha statue in Japan standing at 120 meters tall. It was a little intimidating to see in real life. I’m so happy I got the chance to come here, I have been wanting to visit this place for years!

待ちに待った日だった!牛久大仏やっと見に行った!

Spring was a great time to visit because there were so many flowers all around the buddha. I imagine it must be beautiful to see in the winter after it snows as well!

大仏の近くにたくさんの花が咲いていてうれしかった!冬にもう一回行ってみたい。もし雪が降ったらその眺めも美しいと思う。

I think I will end the post here! Thank you for reading! Please check back here again!

これで終わろうと思っている!読んでくれたらありがとうございます!またブログをチェックして来てね!

2 thoughts on “2018年5月17日

  1. I really love your sketches of the jackalope and the one you did for Beltane. The flower crown in your sketch for Beltane looks absolutely gorgeous! Also, now I know I need to go visit the Ushiku Daibutsu before I leave Japan XD

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