Category Archives: japan

shop update

I’ve just added some peony teacup etching prints into my online shop, hurrah! Some are from my archive: they’re small editions and very sweet… and there are two new hand-painted ones too. I love this one with the polka dots!All … Continue reading

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Japan Kyushu travels – week 2

After the mountains, we travelled to the coast, in the misty rain, ready to explore another side of Kyushu. We stayed in a hotel in Nango, and watched the changing mood of the sea and the sky…We drove and drove, … Continue reading

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Japan Kyushu travels – week 1

For 2 weeks I’ve been travelling in Japan, mostly in Kyushu. We started in Kumamoto, with a wonderful view of the famous castle, although we couldn’t go inside due to earthquake damage.We spent an evening at Good Time Charlie’s bar, … Continue reading

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Japan map

I’ve been planning some trips for the year, and trying to decide where to go, so I’ve been looking through some of the old maps I did for Conde Nast Traveller for inspiration. I found this full page map of … Continue reading

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osechi

Hope the year has started out well for you all. We had our Japanese New Year osechi meal at home…and I made extra so we could have it again with a different set of friends…Hope this year will be bountiful!

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exchange show

My printmaking workshop GAW has done a print exchange with a small gallery in Yokohama, Japan. It’s very exciting! The exhibition of both our work and their work will be on show at the GAW gallery from next week 9 … Continue reading

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happy new year!

I was given this lovely simple shimekazari to put on the door, made of straw and rice, to ward off evil spirits and invite the good ones in. Let’s hope it works!Today we enjoyed a Japanese osechi meal, all handmade … Continue reading

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Kyushu part II

From Kumamoto, we travelled by scenic train to Kagoshima, with its famous active volcano Sakurajima. We visited up close, riding the boat across the bay, watching nervously at the smoke puffing gently from the top…We spent a day further south … Continue reading

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Kyushu part I

This week I have been in Kyushu Japan, starting my travels by train around the island. I love travelling by train here, it’s so efficient and also somehow charming. As you get further into the countryside, the trains become smaller, … Continue reading

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Laurie R. King

This week I went to Kepler’s bookstore in Menlo Park to hear one of my favourite authors Laurie R. King talk about her new Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes novel. She chatted quite informally with another crime writer, Catriona McPherson, … Continue reading

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