Lala

yumi:

R.I.P Lala, My Beloved Dog

This is from my other blog. I have been showing my artwork on my other blog. I hope you visit my original post on my art blog.

Thank you so much.

-Yumi

Originally posted on My porcelain painting blog:

Hi friends!

How have you been in this busy holiday season? This month is a cleaning month in Japan, and I have been busy for cleaning our house. I am preparing to welcome a New Year!

Today I want to show some of my miniature portraits again. I lost our beloved dog 7 months ago while I was in Canada. I was taking a class from my mentor, Patrizia from Italy there.  Our dog’s name was Lala, a very pretty black female Labrador Retriever. She died when she was 13 years and 9 months old. After I lost her, I couldn’t paint for a while.

I learned how to paint animal miniature portraits from my teacher, Birgit Porter in the States in May at the Michigan school this year. I painted this Lala’s portrait with her, and at the time she was alive. I couldn’t finish this piece in the…

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The Best Season Ever in Japan!

Hi there!

How have you been? I still have had a really bad cold and can’t stop coughing…….. Cough, cough, cough…….

A couple of days ago, a friend of mine lives in Tokyo came up, and I took her to Kyoto!  That’s because it’s the best season ever for us to enjoy viewing leaves changing!!!

It’s my first time to see her in person in 4 years. We used to go to the same porcelain school for years, but after I moved to Osaka, I quit the school. Since then I hadn’t met her for a while.

We had a great time in Kyoto!!

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Since the day was clear and fine, it was the best day for me to take a lot of photos.

I hope you can enjoy the Japanese leaves changing season through my post!

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

The place where I took my friend is called, Arashiyama, and it’s very popular in spring and fall.  When you come to Arashiyama in spring, you can enjoy viewing cherry blossoms and it’s a completely different scenery from this one.

This time everything here is red, and at that time everything here is PINK!

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

I love spring the best, but I love fall as well.

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

I love the place and it reminded me of Hayao Miyasaki movies a lot.

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

I am planning on going back to my previous porcelain school in Osaka again next year. I am really looking forward to it.

I asked my friend if she could come up again in spring. I hope she can make it. Then, I can take her here again to enjoy viewing cherry blossoms!!

Japanese Cuishine, Kaiseki

Hi there!

How have you been? I have had a cold more than for two weeks, and I haven’t felt good recently. I don’t want to make excuses, though. I hope I will feel better soon.

Today I want to write about an expensive type of Japanese food called Kaiseki.

A couple of weeks ago, we celebrated my husband’s father’s 83th birthday at a restaurant. The restaurant, which was built in the Edo period, was very interesting so I took lots of pictures.

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
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Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
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Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
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Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
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Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
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Since the owner of the restaurant’s mother is from Imari, there were so many antique Imari collections there.

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Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
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While eating, we can enjoy viewing a beautiful Japanese garden as well.

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Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
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Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
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Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
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Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
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Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
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Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
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Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
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Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
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Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
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Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
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Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
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Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
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Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
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Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
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Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
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The wife of the owner of the restaurant was very kind, and she showed me several rooms.

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Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
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Even the bathroom was very Japanese. This is a ladies’ room.

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Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
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Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
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Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
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The ceiling was built in the Taisho period, and according to the wife there is no people who can fix it.

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Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
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Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki   Uotorarou

Japanese Cuisine, Kaiseki
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All the dishes were excellent. The service was wonderful, and the building was very Japanese. We really enjoyed eating out at the restaurant, and we want to visit there again soon!

Countryside in Autumn, Japan

Hi, friends!

Looooooooooooong time no see. I am very sorry that I haven’t updated anything new. Since I got a new puppy, I have been extremely busy for taking care of her, gardening, painting, learning English and so on. I have been really fine and enjoying my life with our new puppy. I will write about her soon.

Today, I want to show some pictures in autumn, Japan. Since our puppy came to our house, I’ve been stuck at home. To relieve my stress, I took my camera with me when I walked around my neighborhood. Then, I found some small autumn.

These are typical views of fall in Japan. I hope you can enjoy them. Fall in Japan is short, but I love this season. It’s a little bit earlier for leaves changing.  When it starts, I will post more pictures here.

Cosmos

Cosmos

Rice Fields

Rice Fields

Cosmos

Cosmos

Happy Eel’s Day!

Hello friends!

Today is a eel’s day in Japan! It might sound gross for you, but in Japan we have eaten grilled eel in summer to keep health.

This isn’t an official holiday, and it has been changing to be up to a calender every year. Last year, we had two ee’ls days, but this year we have the only one day. Today is it!!!! It has long history to eat eels, and it started since 1772 to 1788. We still keep the tradition.

My family and I went out to eat grilled eel. I love it as I can eat it every day!

Happy Eel Day!

Happy Eel Day!

 

Happy Eel Day!

Happy Eel Day!

 

Happy Eel Day!

Happy Eel Day!

 

Happy Eel Day!

Happy Eel Day!

 

Happy Eel Day!

Happy Eel Day!

 

It was soooooooooooooo good and made my day :)

We love going out to eat eels, but sometimes we take out to go eat eels as a bento box. A bento box looks like a lunch box. Grilled eel is good when it gets cold. I love both eating outside and taking out to go.

 

Happy Eel Day!

Happy Eel Day!

 

We have a serious problem about the eels. Now, they might become designated as an endangered species. If it will become designated as an endangered species, we won’t be able to eat eels in the future. We might not keep our tradition in the future. We are good at farming fish, but somehow, it’s hard for us to farm eels. That’s because eels are very mysterious species and sensitive, and we still can’t understand their biogeocenosis.

When I was younger, eels were not so expensive. However, nowadays it’s getting higher and higher. Now, eels are one of Japanese cuisines.

I hope we can succeed to farm eels soon!!!! Knock on wood!!!!!

Black Angels

This morning my family and I visited a breeder who has been breeding Labrador Retriever Dogs in Nara prefecture. Two months ago, we lost our beloved dog, Lala. She was also  Labrador Retriever. We can’t move on from her death, and after discussing, we made a decision to get a new one. A couple weeks ago, I found the place where the breeder lives online. He is a canine trainer for Nara police. He has been raising German Shepherd Dogs and Labrador Retriever Dogs and training them for the police. I contacted him to show us their new puppies. They have four puppies which were born on the eleventh of July; two female black Lab, one female yellow Lab and one male black Lab. We had been looking for a female black Lab because Lala was a female black one.

It took only forty minutes from our house to get there. Since the puppies mom was really nervous, we couldn’t see her. I understand her feelings because she was really worried about her puppies. Every time they take her puppies to show people, I think she gets nervous.

We saw two of female black puppies.

Black Lab Puppies

Black Lab Puppies

 

They were so CUTE! My daughter and I almost cried to remember Lala when we saw them. To be honest with you, we didn’t know Lala’s babyhood because she was a leftover at a pet shop. When she came to our house, she was already six months. When our daughter, Nana was younger, she always said, “Mommie, how Lala looked like when she was a puppy”.  I knew she wanted to see Lala’s babyhood even though she understood it’s impossible. When we made a decision that we would have a new one, only Nana was against it. She told us that she never ever wanted to have a dog at all because Lala’s death broke her heart.

However, when Nana saw the new puppies, they melted her heart.

Black Lab Puppies

Black Lab Puppies

 

Black Lab Puppies

Black Lab Puppies

They are just two weeks old!

Black Lab Puppies

Black Lab Puppies

 

Black Lab Puppies

Black Lab Puppies

 

When I saw one of them blueish black eyes, I thought humans babies also have the same colors when they are born. I still remember Nana’s blueish black eyes. At that time, I told my hubby that she was so pure that she hadn’t seen any evil things yet. That’s why her eyes are not black black, and blueish black.

Black Lab Puppies

Black Lab Puppies

 

Black Lab Puppies

Black Lab Puppies

 

They are too small to take to our house, but we chose which one we would take. We chose the one which Nana was holding. When she turns two months old, we will take her to our home. We are really looking forward to having her!

P.S I want to write about Lala next time.

How To Remove Your Resistance

Are you good at managing your time? Me? No! I’m really poor at managing my time. I’m sure I’m wasting a lot of time a day, and I just hate it.
I have several guilty pleasures that relate to my reference. For instance; the Internet surfing is a big problem for me. I love sitting in front of my PC and checking out the Social Network Service like Facebook, blogs, YouTube or whatever. After doing this, I always regret what I did.

So, trying not to spend wasting time on my PC, I switched a comfortable chair to uncomfortable chair. Now, I’m sitting on the uncomfortable chair to write this blog entry. It’s too uncomfortable, and I don’t want to sit for a long time. This chair is really working out for me.

Next, I organized my painting desk to focus on painting. When my desk was messy, I always lost feeling that I want to paint. That’s because before painting, I had to clean up my desk fast. It was a pain for me, and I always thought “OK, I can start painting tomorrow.” The thought; “I can do this tomorrow” never happens to me. Now, when I look at my organized painting desk, it makes my motivation up for painting.

Next year I want to have my own exhibition in Japan. So, I want to paint a lot of new pieces for my exhibition.

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