Live Calligraphy Performance 

We went to the Brooklyn Japanese New Year festival this week and saw a live calligraphy performance by Taisan Tanaka. I took a video of his awesome performance, but for some reasons, I couldn’t upload the video here… so it’s just some screenshots, but hopefully you get to see the dynamic performance.

Ikko Tanaka Designs


This article made me look:

Poster Picks: Steven Heller’s Top 5 Ikko Tanaka Designs

Great timeless designs for sure…

Children’s Day 2013


May 5th is a Children’s Day in Japan. This year, at Mili’s home school and playgroup, Mili made a Koinobori (above) and I helped her make a kabuto (the traditional Japanese military helmet) with a newspaper (below). I used to make these when I was little at school, it’s really awesome to get to do this all over again with my own kid now! Happy Children’s Day, Mili!


(She didn’t like wearing the kabuto… haha)

Thinking of Japan…


Today is March 11th, 2 years since the big earthquake in Japan… I couldn’t help but thinking about my country and send all my thoughts and prayers… I got this blanket for Mili’s 1st birthday last year from Think of Japan While Knitting project. Every time I see this blanket, I think of Japan and the thoughts that put into this blanket. I can’t wait to explain where this came from when Mili is older, too.


If you are interested in their project, please visit their facebook page and/or Etsy page where you can purchase some of the beautiful products and all the proceed goes to Ashinaga Ikueikai (NPO).