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!

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