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, October 24, 2011


asked me, "Where is Anpanman world? How can I go there?". I see she thinks there is a country those characters really live, like there is Japan and Poland. She knows the images in picture books are drawings, but the images in animation are real to her.
As I had studied and worked as an animator for many years, this is the best compliment for us who create animation. I still remember the excitement I had when my characters moved in the screen for the first time, as they are alive. Animation is very magical. I'm so happy to share this excitement with my daughter and kids all over the world. I hope this excitement will always push animators to create better and more inspirational animation films!



  1. I had the same feeling as a child. I argued with my friend that Rainbow Brite was real. I knew she was a cartoon but in my mind she was also a real actress. It is fascinating how children learn what is "real" and how reality works! Thank you for sharing these drawings and moments of your daughter.

  2. Thank you for your comment, Amy!
    I believed it, too. There was an animation that a character went to England to study. When one of my classmates moved to London, I asked him to write to me when he finds that character on the street!!!

  3. まやちゃん、そんなこと言ったんだ~。そういう空想の世界を信じていてくれるのってかわいいよね。夢が広がるもん。うちの子は、私が教えたわけじゃないんだけれど、どっか現実をわかりすぎているところがあるのよね。きっと、あっという間にサンタクロースがいないことも気づいちゃうだろうな。ちょっと寂しい、、、。

  4. Michan Mamaさん、コメントありがとう!