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.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Tomorrow, we are leaving for Japan for 3 weeks. This is not Maya's first time trip to Japan, but I can see this time she is fully aware that she is going. Since last week, she couldn't wait to pack her suitcase. Finally today, she did. Her small suitcase is packed with unnecessary stuff (?) and she is ready for the trip!

I'll post more when I return from the trip!



Saturday, June 2, 2012


We checked out a book called The Watcher - Jane Goodall's life with chimps from the library. The story of the life of Jane Goodall is inspiring and the illustration is beautiful. We were enjoying to read it for a good night story. There is a one page talking about massacre of wild chimpanzees and a picture that a hunter points a gun to a baby chimpanzee held by a mother. After reading, Maya started to cry and say, "I'm so sorry for a baby chimp!" It took a long time to calm her down.
Then I thought, "How should I explain to her that we kill not only animals but each other?" Should I teach her that human is cruel and we cannot do anything about it? Or we, grown-ups, should learn from children that human is naturally caring and compassionate being and we should notice how terrible mistakes we are making. I agree with the latter one.

The Watcher - Jane Goodall's life with chimpsという本を図書館で借りてきました。Jane Goodallさんの人生を綴ったお話はとっても感動的で、イラストレーションもとても素敵です。その本を寝る前にマヤに読んでいました。絵本の中で1ページだけ、野生のチンパンジーの乱殺について描かれている箇所がありました。密猟者が、お母さんチンパンジーに抱きかかえられている赤ちゃんチンパンジーに猟銃を突きつけている絵でした。読み終わると、マヤが「赤ちゃんがかわいそうだよ〜!」といって、おいおいと泣き出して、落ち着くまでにずいぶん時間がかかりました。