Sunday, December 23, 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Sketches@Sakai Hoitsu Exhibition, Japan Society

 I went to "Silver Wind : The Arts of Sakai Hoitsu" exhibition at Japan Society. Hoitsu is one of the most important artists of the Rimpa school in  the Edo Period. I've always associated Rimpa with conservatives because of those luxurious golden screens. But I was wrong. It was an eye opener: I found that Rimpa is so deep and fun. That made me draw these sketches.

*Click to enlarge

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Friday, October 5, 2012

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Summer Festival!

Summer festivals in Japan became popular in the Edo period (1603-1868) as a way to relieve summer fatigue. Now, people gather in their local communities and enjoy Bon dancing to rhythmic music, stroll around in a light summer kimono (yukata) , eat different foods offered at stalls, and cheer at fireworks. 
For Coloring Fun!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Motoko Neko in Yukata

Yukata is a casual summer kimono made of cotton.
Drawing by Mitsuba & me, Coloring by me

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Star Festival (Tanabata)

Tanabata (star festivalis held on the evening of July 7th, when the two constellations Kengyu and Orihime, lovers in the sky though separated from each other by the Milky Way, are able to meet. Children and adults write their wishes on tanzaku paper and hang them, along with other paper ornaments, on bamboo branches.

* For coloring fun!

Coloring by Chiaki

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Ree and Lobster

Ree loves Lobster.

She loves him so much that she has to eat him!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Kitten for Adoption

Adoption event @ Washington Square Park

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Mitsuba & Motoko Neko

Mitsuba Cat : drawing by me, coloring by Mitsuba

Motoko Cat : drawing by Mitsuba, coloring by me

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Big Sleep In Japan 2012

Very Stylish cat striking a pose in Yanaka Cemetery in Tokyo. The Cemetery is famous for cats and cherry blossoms. She even picked up the perfect cherry blossom tree as a background.

Also in Yanaka Cemetery. The street of the ancestors, descendants and cats.

Season of love in Jogasaki Cliff, Shizuoka. There is a suspension bridge between cliffs standing on the sea (23 meter from the sea level). Cats can fall in love anywhere, at least for the experienced looking female cat. She is clearly inviting him but he looks confused....


Mishima Shrine, Shizuoka. This very tough looking Siamese street cat was actually friendly. I said hello and politely asked him to take a photo, then, he came to me.

Also in Mishima Shrine, on the top of the shrine gate, perfect cat friendly furniture. She knows she is divine.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Tuna Town Festival

This is my 100th post!! Thanks for reading! Here is a special entry for this special occasion.

When I went to Japan in April, Mitsuba (8-year-old girl) and I did some collaborative drawing. She was too quick and too imaginative for me, but she enjoyed the collaboration anyway. I promised her that I would color the drawings and here we are!!

Ad for Tuna Town Festival with Cheer Cats and Cat Parade

This is How Tuna Town Festival Looks Like

Mitsuba told me that Tuna Town is located in a niche between stores about 100 km away from Tokyo.
The size of the whole town is about one lens of a pair of eyeglasses and each cat's size is equal to three sesame seeds.
Deeply philosophical....

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

More Coloring Fun!

 by Yamato

 by Chiaki

 by me

by Ree ( Look at real origami Kabuto helmet!)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Children's Day

*For coloring fun!!

May 5th is Children's Day in Japan. Families raise carp-shaped Koinobori streamers to celebrate the healthy growth and happiness of kids.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Hanasaka Neko and the Lucky Cat

Here are Chef and Fireball as Hanasaka Neko (the cat who made flowers blossom) and his friend Lucky Cat.  As you may know, the “Lucky Cat” is a Japanese symbol which is believed to bring luck. On the right-hand side of the cherry tree branch, Lucky Cat is inviting everyone to Central Park.  Hanasaka Neko is a cat version of a famous Japanese folk character, “Hanasaka- Jiisan”, an old man who made withered trees blossom.

100 years ago Japan gave cherry blossom trees to New York as a symbol of US-Japan friendship.  These trees have made their home in New York, including Central Park and have blossomed beautifully. Now,  Hanasaka Neko is spreading this  blossom with smiles and happiness to all of New York.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Riverside Cats

I went to Riverside Park along the Hudson River to see cherry blossom blooming unusually early and found two cats there. Triple eye treats!!  They seem well fed, thanks to the food and water bowls there.

More friendly one with a buddha smile.

King of the Riverside.