Filofax, My Paintings, Stickers

My latest paintings

It’s been quite hectic since I got back from Japan, but I was able to have a relaxing weekend.

My monthly pages look more lively with the new stickers I bought in Japan↓

While I was in Japan I took a lot of photos to get ideas for my paintings and really enjoyed sketching and colouring over the weekend.  I actually brought my watercolour set to Japan and painted a few pictures while I was there, and my father got really jealous of my compact watercolour set.

So I decided to leave it in Japan for him and ordered a new set for myself.  When I came back to England a small parcel was sitting on my desk,  and there was a new watercolour set inside!   I bought the Rowney’s set this time, not the Cotman’s set which I didn’t really like to be honest.

When I first used it I was surprised that it was really different from the Cotman’s watercolour!  It’s so much better!  I used to use a Rowney set before, and I’m very happy that I’m using one again.

It’s a “horumon” restaurant in Asakusa, Tokyo.  The man in the picture is preparing to open for business.  (The printed version is avaitable at my shop: HERE)

And I did this one as well.↓

(The printed version is avaitable at my shop: HERE)↓

Above are food stalls I saw at the Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, Tokyo.  There was a Hozuki (Chinese lantern plant) Market that day, and there were a lot of people buying hozuki plants and eating food near the food stalls.  The stall furthest to the right in the painting is selling yakitori (chicken shish kebab), the middle stalls is selling takoyaki (grilled octopus) and the furthest stall is selling jaga-butter (potato with butter).  It was such a hot & humid day, and I started feeling dizzy that I couldn’t visit the Skytree (the big new tower in Tokyo) afterwards which was quite near there.

That’s the Tokyo Skytree, and it just opened in May this year↓.  I always take a highway bus from the Narita Airport to get to the nearest train station to my dad’s house when I come back to Japan from overseas, and I could see the Skytree from the bus this time.  It’s blueish because I took it through the tinted window.

I already miss Japanese snacks and I was happy to find this at the supermarket today.  (There is no oriental supermarket, let alone a Japanese supermarket where I live!)

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Filofax

I’m still in Japan :)

I haven’t been able to update my blog for a long time!!  I’m still in Japan and going back to England very soon.  This is my first time to stay away from my husband for such a long time (just 3 weeks, though!) since we got married, and it’s like going back to 2009 when we were having a long-distant relationship.

It has been super hot and humid in Japan, and I’ve been struggling with it as I’m no longer used to this kind of weather after living in England for 2 and a half years.  But the temperature suddenly dropped to around 22 degrees yesterday and I was sooo happy that I didn’t sweat at all!  (It’s still around 22 degrees today, hurray!)  I missed the heat when I was in England, but I don’t really like the Japanese summer because of the high humidity.  When I arrived in Japan at the beginning of July it was in the middle of the rainy season and the weather was absolutely disgusting with high temperatures & super high humidity!

Our cat Kojiro melting in the heat↓

I went to Asakusa, Tokyo to take pictures to get some ideas for my paintings↓
Painted a few pictures after coming back from Asakusa↓
I LOVE Japanese 100 yen shops by the way!!!  This is just a part of what I’ve been buying at 100 yen shops↓

Of couse my Filofax is with me in Japan!


Bought some stickers at LOFT↓

Tako (octopus) to make some delicious takoyaki↓
Takoyaki is soooo tasty!!

It’s been great here besides the weather, but I really miss my husband now so I’m looking forward to going back to England in a few days 🙂  (Japan Corner will be open from the 27th.)

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