November 2006

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groovisions are a japanese design group from kyoto! for these videos they designed a little digital world so the funky guy can march around in it. this video really makes me happy.

the videos are for a kyoto dj called halfby. the first song is “rodeo machine” and the second is “screw the plan”.

i’ve also posted this to VIDEOSIFT.

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it’s not fair… it’s just too cold here in saskatoon. it’s -27℃ with the windchill. it’s very unusual even in saskatchewan to be this cold this early. it’s colder than my freezer. i told my mom how cold it is, but it was more than her comprehension – life in a -27℃ world is impossible to her. my parents live in wakayama japan, where it’s around +13℃ this week. they think that’s cold… oh, well. SHO-GANAI ne.

since the outside world is depressing, i want to make my home life as cozy as possible!

so i made myself a cup of tea: rosehip tea with hibiscus flower (mmm, tropical!). i also made some rosehip tea cookies. i added rosehip loose tea leaves to the cookie dough. although they don’t taste anything like rosehip berries, it adds a touch of pretty pink color to the cookies. this happy color should make me happy.

the recipe is the same as my lavender cookies recipe except that i substitute rosehip loose tea leaves for the lavender flower buds. the recipe is here.

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this is a drawing for an exhibition in spain in 2007. this exhibition is called “dreams” organized by roger omar in spain.

In 2002 I started a project of dreams. I ask kids from
different countries to write their dreams during 2 weeks.
From hundreds of dreams I made a selection of 60 very short
dreams from kids of México, Spain and Brasil.

he invited artists to select and draw one kid’s dream, to make an artbook of 60 dreams/artists. from the interesting children’s dreams, i chose #32.

32. (SPAIN-GIRL) – Yuka Yamaguchi
I dreamed that I married my dog. I was in the altar, dressed in white, with my fiancé. When the priest said “Kiss the bride”, I saw that my fiancé was a boy with my dog´s face.

usually i’m not good at drawing with a theme in mind. but to my surprise, i had a good time drawing this :) i hope the girl who dreamed this dream will like my drawing.

this result of this project will become an artbook. The exhibition of the project will take place in Cadiz-Spain, 2007. The kids dreams and the images of the book will be exhibited, as well as some other things related to the project, like photos and some original kids-written dreams.

along with their drawing, the artists are asked to submit one dream that they had in 2006. oh boy… i have tons of dreams to choose from. i dream a lot, or so it seems. after seeing my drawings, some people have asked me if i have nightmares. i really don’t. i have some scary dreams featuring cats (i’m scared of cats), but i’m not sure if those are in the nightmare category.

i have some of the same dreams over and over again. here are my recent dreams:

  • i enter Nijo castle (in kyoto) at 2am and have to run around and around the castle 10 times before dawn without being caught by the security guards. it’s hard, because Nijo castle has special “nightingale floors” that squeak when you step on them (protecting against ninjas!). cats keep getting in the way and i can’t run past them…
  • i’m on an escalator with hundreds of steps, and it’s not moving. i need to get to the top of the building because i need to buy a toy from the toy department of this department store. but by the time i get to the top of the stairs, a different dream starts…
  • i’m riding on the electric streetcar in kyoto, but i’m on the wrong train, going in the wrong direction. i’m carrying a suitcase that i have to keep secret and safe.

none of my dreams are really nightmares but they’re pretty stressful. maybe i’ll draw them someday.

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i need some music to cheer me up :)

watch this video on VIDEOSIFT.

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finally finished.

my new heart is beating real fast.

art recipe 1
art recipe 2

UPDATE: you can buy a print of this drawing from my SHOP.

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“uragiri-mono” means betrayer.

x’mas is almost here… i used to like santa. but now that i learned how santa is trained, i’m not sure… (caution: this video may not be for santa-loving people).

the postcard of this photograph is for sale in my SHOP.

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director: hiroshi chida
polygon pictures

watch this video on VIDEOSIFT.

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puffy de rumba

puffy amiyumi

i don’t like when a singer dances vigorously as if its lower body has a different personality. this is nice and lethargic – perfect.

choreography:minami sasuga
special guest: jimi hendrix :D

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i slept most of the day yesterday, so i felt much better today. lucky enough, today was paul’s birthday.

i went to buy tiramisu at calories (a cafe & bakery), but they didn’t have any today. a woman suggested trifle instead saying they’re basically the same thing, but i wanted tiramisu. i gave her my asian smile to say “no, thank you” and i left.

as i was cooking dinner, i was in a bit of a panic-mode. it’s a birthday. you’re supposed to have a cake. but i’m not a baker myself. i don’t usually bake cakes so it seemed rather risky to bake a cake from scratch just two hours before paul’d be home.

then it hit me: “shu-kuri-mu! (chou cream)”

i remembered seeing a cooking show featuring “choux à la crème”. it looked very simple, like something i could make myself.

in french, it’s “choux à la crème”, but we drop the “à la” in japanese. it all comes down to how good it sounds. english teachers in japan used to make fun of their students saying “shoe cream”, but it’s actually “choux”, which means “cabbage”. i guess the pastry is cabbage-shaped? little cabbages are cute…

anyhow, i used to buy choux à la crème from cake shops in japan. they are very popular. most of the cake shops in japan sell french style sweets, which i like. i don’t see any choux à la crème in canada yet. probably you can buy them in montreal.

i wasn’t expecting a perfect result. because it always looks easy to produce perfect food on tv. but to my surprise, it was easy. all you have to be careful is to stir well!

i finished cooking 20 minutes before paul came home. i had some time left to make a birthday card. i made a card with both sides folded to the middle, like double doors. i cut out a heart shape from pink paper and attached it to the inside of the card with a spring. the heart was supposed to spring out! as he opened the card. unfortunately, the spring wasn’t powerful enough and the heart was too big. it just kind of hung there… that’s okay. i think he got the idea :D


for puff pastry dough:

  • unsalted butter 60g
  • water 80cc
  • sugar + salt, pinch
  • flour 70g
  • egg, 2~3
  1. mix butter, water, sugar and salt in a pan and warm it until it comes to boil.
  2. add the flour all at once and beat very vigorously. turn off the heat.
  3. allow it to cool. then add the eggs one at the time. stir well.
  4. put the dough in a piping bag (i just used a spoon), drop into small balls about 4 cm apart on a cookie sheet.
  5. bake it in the oven for 15 mins at 200℃. and another 15 mins at 180℃. do not open the oven.

for custard cream:

  • flour 50g
  • sugar 80g
  • milk 300cc
  • egg yolk
  • melted butter
  1. mix egg yolk
  2. add sugar and flour and TBSP of milk. stir well
  3. add warm milk (about 50℃)
  4. strain the mixture and pour it into a pan.
  5. add the butter and let it cool.

fill the puff pastry with custard and fruits. i used blackberries and raspberries. sift some powdered sugar on top.

meshiagare! (bon appétit)

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i’ve been sick lately… i can only draw little by little. i feel better when i’m drawing just for awhile. i forget that i have a fever.

anyhow, nice to meet you all from StumbleUpon :)

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