Friday, 8 March 2013
Sunday, 6 January 2013
New year is a big celebration in Japan and it makes me look back on the year. Last year was a filled with changes. I changed jobs three times and moved house three times. I now feel more settled here in Nagoya and ready for a new challenge. Last year I made a mid year resolution to spend more time with friends and I think I did quite well with that. I'd like to keep on doing that this year but also to draw more and gain a new skill, maybe dressmaking or pottery.
Thursday, 11 October 2012
Last week I visited my friend Victor who was camping in Minakami, Gunma. We camped just by Tone River. It was great to swim in fresh water again. There was a beautiful pool just behind where we were. One evening we got to see Bunny Gang perform. There I met Wisdom and made these drawings together. On the third day we went canyoning, sliding down waterfall. It's so refreshing to be in fresh water. It makes me want to live near a lake.
Saturday, 11 August 2012
I went camping in Hokkaido with my friend Victor. We visited four different lakes in ten days, climbed a volcano, travelled on many trains and hitchhiked our way around. My favourite part of the trip was swimming in the lakes and the yubari melon I got at one of the stops on the way to Lake Nukabira.
Wednesday, 4 July 2012
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Saturday, 16 June 2012
It's rainy season in Japan at the moment. Maybe this is why I am feeling curious and soaking up everything there is. I love the summer rain. The earth so wet and absorbing all the rain. The plants so lush and green. I have started taking Russian lessons and swing dance classes and picked up reading again. But I still feel hungry for more. If only I learned to wake up earlier in the day.
Tuesday, 12 June 2012
It's been either rainy or hot during the day in Tokyo but I am enjoying wandering around the neighbourhood in the evenings. So quiet and everything looks different in the dark. There are so many little streets to explore. I like how the streets are lit and the plants on the streets. I've also started a small balcony garden myself.
Sunday, 10 June 2012
Thursday, 7 June 2012
After my travels through the vast forests of Russia, it feels anywhere and everywhere is so accessible. I've been catching the night bus to some cities for weekend trips. The last time I went on the night bus about 10 years ago, I just got up as I had to get off and found it really hard to function during the day. But now I know the trick is to get up at least half an hour before my stop and have a tea and snack to I'm ready to go.
Although it's almost half way through the year, I've decided on my new year resolution to spend as much time as I can with treasured friends. To share time and experience the days together. This year I've had some time off which meant that I was able to go on holidays with my dear friends. I'd like to fill more of my days with the such things.
Tuesday, 29 May 2012
An old friend and a wonderful painter Kiborio organized a one day exhibition at a stationary shop in Kokubunji. It was great to see some friends that I hadn't seen for some years. I exchanged one of my meteorite drawing with this beautiful wooden receiver.
Wednesday, 23 May 2012
I went to see sumo wrestling in Ryogoku for the first time. Each match is very short and every time there is some chanting and cleaning of the sumo ring. It was surprising entertaining. I could spend a relaxing day there with a picnic. As the day went on the matches became more and more exciting. Very much like a martial art with quick and unpredictable moves.
Tuesday, 8 May 2012
Monday, 2 April 2012
The past five months I've been working in a town just at the bottom of Hakone. The train ride there was so relaxing. It's a slow, quiet train, slightly uphill. Just enough space and time to take in the mountain view. When I got off at the station little birds could be heard all around. Just across the river is the mandarin orange hill.
Monday, 26 March 2012
Friday, 23 March 2012
Tuesday, 28 February 2012
I am very happy to be part of collage challenge organized by a secret club. We sent eachother collage material and produced artwork on the theme, "stars". The catalogue for the show came through the post at the weekend and it was great to see what everyone else made from their little pieces.
Monday, 13 February 2012
Wednesday, 4 January 2012
Tuesday, 13 December 2011
Friday, 9 December 2011
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Saturday, 29 October 2011
At the end of August I started travelling back to Japan on fourteen trains, three buses and one ferry. I spent a lot of time on the train, knitting, chatting, napping and snacking. Here are some train drawings. There is a lot of land between UK and Japan. Lots of trees.
Monday, 22 August 2011
Sunday, 7 August 2011
Friday, 22 July 2011
At the weekend, I went to see an outdoor performance in New Haven with Generik Vapeur, Zap Art and the local community groups. There was music, bouncing cardboard boxes, and my favourite was when I thought the performance was finished and turned around to see the ferry appear from the edge of the cliff.
Tuesday, 31 May 2011
Today I went for a walk around Rye Harbour Nature Reserve with Debbie. It was looking like a rainy day when we set off but as we got closer to Rye the sun started shinning. We saw some little tern and lots of flowers along the coast. My favourite was when Debbie read out the different points of the walk from the walking guide. After the walk, all the pubs weren't serving food until dinner time but we had a really good quiche with coleslaw and potato salad at The Cobbles Tea Room. I'd like to try their crab salad next time. Highly recommended.