I make sketches whenever I find something inspiring and touching. Those moments filter through my mind and create a small world in my sketch book.


Monday, August 30, 2010

Bonodori in SF

Last evening, there was Bonodori Festival at Japan town in SF. It was a little bit chilly to wear Yukata, but Maya and other kids were so excited to be dressed up and dance! At the end, Maya got so tired and high-per that she started to dance crazily...
In traditional Japanese song, it says "people dancing is stupid. people watching the people dancing is stupid, too. If both are stupid, you better dance!" It is very true. We all enjoyed dancing! Dancing with Maya brought me back my childhood memories in Japan.


Sunday, August 22, 2010

My Children

I just had a last Children's Book Illustration class. Last a few weeks had been crazy to finish up the assignment!
Story development and pencil sketches went pretty smoothly. But coloring was pain... Even though I tried many different color on it, the sunflower, the main character in my story, kept saying NO! NO! NO! Just like children! So I took a break and did something else, like when I deal with my child. Then I dressed up my sunflower with another color. Finally he smiled!


Sunday, August 15, 2010


We had a camping trip together with other families from preschool to Del Valle regional park in Livermore. It was first camping for Maya and most of the kids. Also it was first overnight trip together. So all the kids were excited to play until it became dark. They got flash lights on their hands and visited each other's tents. One of Maya's friends came to our tent to sleep. It became a wonderful summer memory for all of us.

プリスクールのお友達の家族とLivermoreにあるDel Valle regional park にキャンプに行ってきました。子供たちにとって初めてのキャンプ、初めてのお泊まり。みんな普段の生活から抜け出して大興奮でした。暗くなってきたら、懐中電灯を片手に、それぞれのテントを回ってお客さんごっこをしてました。お友達のひとりが「マヤちゃんと一緒のテントで寝る!」と言い出し、私たちのテントで寝ることになったり、とっても楽しい夏の思い出ができました。

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Doki Doki

Yesterday I told Maya that one of her friends is going to come, after I talked to her friend's mother on the phone. She hasn't had a visitor for a while, so she seemed pretty excited. I told her that her friend will come very soon, since she lives nearby. But she kept asking me every minutes, "Is she coming soon?", "Is she in the car now?" and so on! She all prepared her dolls to play together. Then she said, "Ah~, my heart is beating so quickly! (Doki Doki suru!)"
It was the first time to hear she said that. She was so excited that I almost can see her small heart beats and huge imagination in her mind!