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Japanese Illustrations/Paintings

I’ve just added a new listing!  These are prints of my original ink and watercolour paintings and available in two sizes- A4 or A5.

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Sachiko x

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Japan Trip

Back in Japan!

I hope you had a lovely Christmas!!  I’m back in Japan for a long holiday.  The main purpose of this trip was my sister’s wedding which was held a couple of weeks ago.  It was a beautiful wedding and everyone seemed to be very happy.

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I also bought some stuff as well- I love shopping in Japan because there is a huge number of cute goods at a reasonable price at so many stores!

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I’ll be back in the UK in the middle of next month, so until then I’ll try to eat as much of my favourite Japanese food as I can!!

I hope you’ll have a wonderful New Year!!

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Dividers, Filofax

Handmade Tokyo Dividers!!

In my last post I showed you my handmade London Dividers, and it was really fun making them so I decided to create a different version!

A mini London in my Filofax:

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I live in the UK now, but I’m originally from Japan, so my second version will be Tokyo Dividers!
So, to begin with I started sketching…

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Then, I drew the pictures on Photoshop…

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Then after finishing all the designing, I printed them out, cut them out and laminated them.

Here are the dividers I made!

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I put them altogether in my Filofax and…

Ta-dahhh!!  A mini Tokyo is in my Filofax!!

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Like my London Dividers, I put words in tiny letters on each tab as these are supposed to be dividers lol!

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The tabs are really long/tall, so they’re just for an exhibition purpose.

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I’ve also made a video!:

Thank you very much for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post!

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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.)

Thanks for reading!

Eraser stamps, Filofax

Making my own stamps (So difficult!)

I’m visiting Japan next month and I made a list of what I want to do in Japan, what I want to eat in Japan, who I want to see in Japan…etc…etc.  I haven’t been back in Japan for nearly 2 and a half years, so it’s really exciting!

By the way, I’ve put up a photo of my stamps in my last post, and now I’ve started making my own “keshigomu hanko” (eraser stamps).  Making my own stamps seemed really exciting, and the materials are cheap so I thought “Why not give it a try?”

If you are not so familiar with the eraser stamps you can copy & paste

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in Google Image and you can see all kinds of stamps!

These are what I use:

Steps:
1) Draw whatever you like on a piece of paper (keep it simple at the beginning!)

2) Trace it


3) Transfer the image onto the eraser


4) Curve it

I thought it would be quite easy, and I was so ecxited thinking what kind of stamps I want to make for my Filofax.

BUT!!!!

It was actually sooooo difficult!!!  How can other people make such tiny & detailed stamps!?

It looks so easy in the videos, you know!

It’s obvious that I need  A LOT of practice, so I decided to go for some very simple designs first like a strawberry and a cherry 🙂

I really hope I can show you something a lot better than this soon..!