Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


"Doodles" by Taro Gomi is a great coloring and doodling book. This 368-page book gives us endless pleasure and humor and promotes imagination and creativity for kids from 3 to 99.  Here are only few examples by me.


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Hitch! Part 2

North by Northwest

North by Northwest


Monday, October 24, 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Feline Forest

She was in the community garden near my place.
Her owner put her in the bush with leash. She was still...and owned the forest.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Anti-Capitalist Dogs

Dogs also occupied Wall Street at Zuccotti Park

Man's best friend

Monday, October 3, 2011

En Plus from 3 Pieces in the form of a Pear

My husband and I arranged an Erik Satie piece for 2 pianos "En Plus" from "3 Pieces in the Form of a Pear". He played guitar and I wrote lyrics, sang, and drew the story. This piece is Satie's answer to the criticism he received that his music is without form (sonata,etc...).

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Wish she could write a book...

It is very fascinating to think how Willow the cat traveled from Colorado and turned out to be on NYC street 5 years later.


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Petition for NO NUKE in Japan

I am really worried about Japan.

Although the cozy tie between nuclear plants operators, government, bureaucrats, regulators and media was revealed after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the new Noda administration seems to have toned down in its denuclearization policy that the previous prime minister promised without actual plans.
It would be totally insane if they don’t learn a lesson from Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the ongoing Fukushima disaster.

Since Chernobyl, it has been pointed out that the claim that Japan would experience blackouts without nuclear is only a propaganda myth created by the Japanese nuclear establishment.

I thought I have to do something this time.

If you agree with this, Please sign your name.
This is for the children still exposed to radiation, animals left in the evacuation zone and have died, and for our own future!






Saturday, August 27, 2011

Chef Is Prepared

                         An earthquake and a hurricane in a week in New York....

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Recent Paintings

This was inspired by a "Movie Palace" from the twenties. It looked like a spaceship with a very tall ceiling and a huge ceiling light. Naturally, it was dark, but somehow it became bright when I painted this.

This paintnig was inspired by a Kimono sash pattern in an old Japanese black and white film.

Monday, June 27, 2011

2011 : A Cats and Dogs Odyssey

On the way to my favorite art supply store on Sunday morning,  I met a white and gray kitten on the storefront of  a pet supply store.  She was too shy to say hello to me.

On the way back at the same storefront, an orange kitten named Charlie said hello.  He was relaxing and enjoyed the sun as well as the store owners.

On the next block, a small black pug running behind the old black lady walking two other dogs. I saw her and the dogs several times, but never talked to her before. As soon as I started petting the black pug, the lady introduced him as “Spike Lee”. The adult beige pug is “Grace Jones” and a big Chow Chow is “Elf”. Everyone was very friendly, especially Miss Jones. She sat on my feet, matter of factly and didn’t leave. The lady asked me if I had any animals  and we found out that both of our pets came from shelters. She had 8 cats at home as well. I asked if her dogs and cats got along OK. She said yes and said “If they try, they can do it”.
She didn’t look like an affluent type. She might be one of the old lonely cat ladies who had a pack of cats (and dogs) in a tiny studio. That’d be kind of animal abuse for sure, but also highly understandable, especially if I lost my husband and had no children.

On the same block, my friend for several years greeted me from the windowsill. Her name is “Bardot”.  According to her owner, she is Phoebe, but before I realized that fact, she was already Bardot to me and my husband and she didn’t seem like minding it. Bardot is a skinny black and white cat with a big black mole above  her lips. She is not a glamour like Bridgitte Bardot but  somehow unconventionally cute, so we decided to call her Bardot.
Anyway, she meowed in a strong husky voice and came down from the windowsill to the street. I petted and massaged her. As if I pushed an invisible button on her body, she kept rolling and rolling.
It was hard to leave. When I tried to leave, she looked at me and meowed again, so I had to stay. Finally I left but she was still rolling without any sign to stop. I watched her from several steps away to make sure if she was OK since  It was a prime dog walking time. Suddenly, she started to clean herself and jumped up to the window to go back to her owner.

I was relieved and missed my own kitties at the end of the odyssey. Chef was busy enjoyng nap in the sun and didn’t care about me at the moment. Fireball came and smelled all the dogs and cats I just met.

Monday, May 2, 2011

9 Years


April 28th was the 9th birthday of Chef and Fireball.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Petittion for save animals in Japan Evacuation Zone‏

Lots of animals are still left starving inside of the nuclear evacuation zone in Japan.
However, Japanese government banned to enter the zone today and no one including evacuees and animal rescue groups would be allowed to enter without official permission.

Please sign the following petitions to Prime Minister of Japan. The first one is to allow animal rescue organizations access to the evacuation zone. The second one is to ask the Japanese Government  that the act of starving animals left behind must be made illegal.

Thanks a lot and if possible, please spread the word.
The Big Sleep



Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Big Sleep in Japan Extra

A Real Mean Duck in Inokashira Park
From Dec 9, 2010 Post

                                                   Chinese Mean Bunnies
From Oct 18, 2010 Post

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Big Sleep in Japan Part 2

The main reason of this visit was seeing my almost 98-year-old grandma. Nothing is wrong with her yet but it is inevitable for her to be getting frail.

The 7th memorial of the death of my favorite film director Kihachi Okamoto was during my visit. So I went to Ikebukuro to see his films and immensely enjoyed them. I decided to visit his grave near my parents’ place. And near the same cemetery, I found a "cat street" on the way to the Toshiro Mifune’s grave. In no time, two friendly cats with attitude showed up.

More incidents made me think about life and death: my grandma’s mind occasionally experiencing a fine line between the past and present, the 100th anniversary of Taro Okamoto’s birth, my aunt giving me the watch of her recently late daughter (my cousin), etc...   Although these experiences are not exactly happy, I wasn’t depressed either. Somehow, I accepted that life is a part of death and vice-versa.

Later my mom and I went to the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka.
I was very jealous of the little kids who were able to get on the Neko (cat) Bus from "My Neighbor Totoro".


Then we went to a Neko Cafe near the museum. A Neko Cafe is one of the new trends in Japan; a cafe with several free roaming (or sleeping) cats, and customers pet and play with them. I had been a little worried that it could’ve been abusive for the cats. As far as I saw, cats are masters here like anywhere else.