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, March 28, 2011


My good friend who is an owner of a beauty salon in Tokyo asked me to create an illustration for the charity sale at her salon for the victims of the recent quake and Tsunami in Japan. It was a great opportunity to use my talent for people in Japan. (Thank you, Yoko!)
I hope the seeds in my illustration will bring a little bit of hope and happiness to them.


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Buds on the tree

Since the quake hit Japan, I have been feeling down, seeing negative news and photos.
When we were outside, Maya suddenly said "there are buds on the tree! Let's go to see closer." and began singing a Japanese song about buds on the tree. I guess she sings the song at the preschool everyday and teachers might show kids buds on the tree, when they take a walk.
When we took a closer look, there are small buds on the tree which looks like a bare tree from the distance.
It's a sign of spring. And spring is certainly coming, even in Japan.


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Pray for Japan

Every time I check the latest news from Japan, I feel helpless and my body tremble with fear.
But my friends in Japan sent e-mail to me, saying "We are fine. We just do what we can do right now..."
They gave me the power to overcome this crisis, instead of me giving them the power...


Sunday, March 13, 2011

A Rainy Day

15 years ago today, we had our first date! It was a rainy day in Southern California. Many things happened since then. There were sunny days and stormy days... But we've went through all of that together. And we'll go through many more things together under one umbrella, like on our first date.

I pray for my mother land, Japan....



Monday, March 7, 2011

Cat's life

In the morning, we sometimes meet a cat walking on the fence next to the preschool. Kids find him and they are excited to report teachers about it. The cat just glances kids and goes on his way. Not like dogs, cats have their own lives. Human is not in the center of their lives. The freedom in cat's spirit is fascinating to human.