6 Aug 2017

I Love Summer!

I love summer. I love blue sky and hot weather. We had a wonderful summer holiday in Crete, and now enjoy the life in the UK under the grey-ish sky. Summer events in Japan were my birthday, fire display and the Star Festival.

I received some pictures of Sendai Star Festival from my mother. It started from 6th August, today. There is a jinx that 'there is rain during the festival'. As of the jinx, it seemed rainy... According the weather record of last 16 years, there was rain with more than 55% possibility. It's quite high, isn't it? If there is rain, some decorations become covered by vinyl like the picture below with no roof, because the decoration is made of paper. But you can enjoy the festival whatever the weather is like, because there are shopping arcades. 

Different from other festivals, this festival is calm rather than active. Because you just walk through under the colourful decorations. In other words, you can enjoy seeing and touching this festival at your own pace. Local festivals are likely to become an ordinary event for local people, but I think they are always beautiful.

These consist of thousands of origami cranes to wish world peace. I joined this project when I was a student and made some cranes. I taught origami to children locally during this month. They are so quick to master them!

My mother sends me pictures of the festival every year, and I think I miss it very much. This is the moment that I realise I am from Sendai. These are some other decorations of this year.

5 Aug 2017


I often go for a walk with my friend. At the beginning, there was no problem. We were just excited and enjoyed walking. But as our experience becomes broader, we started to have a fear against dogs at farms. Originally I am scared of dogs, because of bad childhood experiences, but I've coped with it somehow.

We've already had a few bad experiences with dogs, by barking and chasing. WE also saw a scary dog with evil eyes and sharp canines. It was inside a low fence, and barked at us while we passed by. We thought it might jump over the fence and felt scared. It's ok if they are inside the gate, but some farms leave the gate open and their dogs walk around freely without leads. I can understand that they are guard dogs to keep farmer's property and livestock, but why do they leave them freely on a public footpath? Different from other pet dogs, they are so aggressive, because they are trained to guard the farm.

Since then, we feel scared every time we approach the farm or hear dog's barking...We sometimes made a detour to avoid scary 'DOGS'!! 

The other day, we found this. I don't know who wrote this. It was hanging on the gate on a public footpath. Landowner or whoever wrote this, it causes walkers to feel completely unpleasant and gives a bad image! I love walking but how can I treat my farm-phobia???

24 Jul 2017

23 Jul 2017

My project - Roller Blind

In our kitchen, the old roller blind was hanging by the window, which seems it had been there for a long time perhaps before the big mouse moved in. It was a yellow colour, but I wanted to change it to green-ish since our kitchen theme colour is green. I had 2 minds; to change a fabric for the roller or to hang a newly café-curtain.

Since I got a nice curtain sample (again!), I decided to remake it into a roller blind. I didn't know the roller blind structure, I referred the magazine 'Handmade Interiors' which introduces how to make cushions, blinds and soft furnishings. When I dismantled the old roller blind, I realised it's a quite simple structure, but this magazine was helpful and tells some techniques.

First, I undid a seam. It's extra work, but I don't mind. The sample curtain was only 1 pound anyway. And I just measured, cut, sewed and attached the pole. The sample curtain was longer than its width, but I used the fabric with the longer side at the top. The design is not too assertive, and it suits our kitchen. At last, our kitchen curtain is upgraded. I am very satisfied with this. I still have a lot of home projects:) I will do them bit by bit.