Japanese calligraphy

I love calligraphy. It’s fun to do, aesthetically pleasing, and in my case utterly impractical, one of the few things I do just for their own sake. I started playing around with calligraphy when I lived in Korea, so now that I’m in Japan I couldn’t miss the opportunity to learn a bit about the […]

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Space traveller

The incredibly friendly host of a guesthouse in Fuji saw me sketching one day, and asked if I can draw something on the huge blackboard in the house kitchen. He complimented on my drawing so many times before I even got started, that I was a bit worried I wouldn’t be able to live up […]

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Holy mountain

Teach me to Stand strong and tall Through typhoons cyclones And collapse Of common sense Show me how to Hug the Earth and Set up a sturdy base there So that I won’t topple As I stretch out to the Heavens Pushing way past my limits Remind me To always keep My head up high […]

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The Empress

Textiles are hard. I almost gave up on this portrait, but luckily after reworking the dress for the 3rd time it finally started making sense. Also, yes, I just spent most of my day fixing a painting I didn’t needed all and only made it for its own sake. Aren’t holidays amazing?

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Mountain view

I dreamed about seeing Mt Fuji ever since I remember. We took a detour on our trip to Japan so that I could make my dream come true, and booked a room with mountain view so that I could just sit there and watch it for hours. Unfortunately, between heavy rain and clouds, the mountain […]

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Note to self

I’m fast to judge experiences as either good or bad. When I’m tired or hungry, I’ll label almost anything as bad. Then I’ll spend the rest of the day grumpy and upset about something that wouldn’t necessarily be a problem under different circumstances (like after I had lunch). As I’m starting my vacation today, I […]

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Lost in Tokyo

If you’re looking for me, I’m lost in Tokyo. I’m totally mesmerized by this city and all its neon lights, cute tiny plants in cute tiny backyards, and multiple layers of highways, pathways, and trains stacked on top of one another. I’m also surprised by how familiar it all seems. So many tiny details, from […]

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