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, May 30, 2011

Big 40

I had my 40th birthday last week. My friends secretly organized a surprise party for me! I walked into the playground without knowing anything. Then I saw the big banner saying "Happy BIG 40, Chiaki!"!!! They even prepared a homemade princess birthday cake! Though I was embarrassed of attention by strangers at the playground, I was so touched and brought me to tears...
I'm very grateful to have such a nice friends. I'm sure a lot of happiness will be waiting for me in my 40s life! Thank you, my friends!


Sunday, May 22, 2011


On the way to the preschool, we sometimes pass by a homeless guy. He always walks on a nice street in a quiet residential neighborhood, pushing a cart which is full of his stuff.
The other day, Maya asked me why he always push his cart. I answered that he doesn't have money to have a place to stay, so he needs to stay on the street. Maya seemed confused a little and said "We have a lot of money, so we are fine to stay at our house (Correction: We don't have a lot of money and it is just a small apartment...).
Maya grew up enough to ask me that kind of question... I need to be prepared for her tough questions now.


Monday, May 16, 2011

Heidi's meal

Heidi, the Japanese animation version (storyboarded by Hayao Miyazaki) made in 70s, is one of the most influential character in my childhood. I still love this animation series, so I have the whole DVD set at home!
Now, Maya is influenced by Heidi, after watching the DVDs. She requested to have the meal like Heidi. Melting cheese on bread and milk on a bowl. I don't know why, but this simple meal looks so delicious!


Monday, May 9, 2011

Slow life

My job got slow down now, so my mind is slowing down, too.
Since Maya is able to walk longer now, we walked to her preschool one morning. On the way, we found so many flowers on the sidewalk we haven't noticed when we drive by. So we had a little bit of a biology class.
I mentioned in one of the posts that I don't like to drive a car and I enjoy biking with her. But this time we were even slow down to walking. The slower our life is, the more we appreciate small things in everyday life.