25 February 2013

Birdwatching days

Last week, I had quite a few chances to go out birdwatching. I love going out alone and watching birds on my own pace, sketching. But there is something about birdwatching with friends or in a group.

Barn Owl (メンフクロウ)
Just before I came to England, a photographer told me at a party that Norflok is one of the best place to look for the barn owl. And I remember writing down "Norfolk, Barn Owl" somewhere in my notebook. At that time, I didn't imagine me going to Norfolk as often as I have and watching Barn Owl so many times!

Fieldfare (ノハラツグミ)

Bullfinch (ウソ)

19 February 2013




14 February 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

Song Thrush (ウタツグミ)
This was my first trial of reduced linocut. First, I carved the brown layer, printed and then I carved the same linosheet further more to make the black layer. This way, I can print exactly on top of the brown layer (if the registration goes well) and I can save expensive linosheet and precious time. But I will never be able to print any more than I produced brown-layer-print at a time!
It was scary and thrilling to start carving the black layer, destroying the one I have made spending so much time. In some way this is a "live art."

I hope you have a wonderful day with loved one!

9 February 2013



I designed a logo for the Igirisu Joba Club, an agent which helps Japanese people to experience horseback riding in Britain. I hope more and more people will enjoy wonderful British countryside!

4 February 2013


We visited Lancashire for a few days. Our friend kindly took us to Clitheroe, driving through the Forest of Bowland and then to Lancaster.
It was a few days after the snow fall so the ground was covered in white and in the afternoon we had blue sky with the bright sun! The scenery was spectacular.

Coal tit and the Pendle Hill from the Clitheroe castle. We saw a family of red grouse, a goldcrest, kestrels and a buzzard in the Forest of Bowland as well!