Thursday, August 25, 2011


I found a fish called "Hokke." It was popular fish in Hokkaido in Japan where I came from. I am not sure What is the fish name in English. I think it is mackerel family. Anyway, I don't see it in market often. So, I bought a pack of Hokke. There are two of them in the pack. However, it was smells bad when I started cooking. It was not fresh. As a matter of fact, it was almost spoiled. But I hated to waste food so, I cooked and ate for lunch. It was smells bad but I thought taste was almost a OK. I finished it.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Yosemite Valley

I have been painting Yosemite landscapes. I like to paint them as much as possible before I go to Yosemite end of this month. I will have a place to exhibit my artworks at Yosemite Art Center. I like to take full advantage of this opportunity. I have less than two weeks to prepare new paintings for this. So, I am keeping myself busy until that time.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Yosemite falls

I had watercolor class this afternoon. It was rather slow day at the class. There were only six students. However, it was cheerful class as usual.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Into Yosemite Valley

After I went through the tunnel of Yosemite South gate 30 years ago, the first scene I saw was this. It's perfect landscape, I don't want pain it. Do you understand what I am saying? I can't create any thing from the perfect. That's what I felt when I saw this first time. So, I took 30 years to ready to paint this scene.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Smoky Half Dome

I had my watercolor exhibition at Little Tokyo. This is a part of Nisei Week Festival event. I painted some new watercolor paintings for this show and I sold two of them. It was an encouraging thing.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Yellow rose

We had a blackout during our watercolor class. Fortunately, North side of the class room has large window. So, We had an enough light inside to pursued the class. The blackout was just for 10 minutes or so, anyway.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

White house on a Hill Top

The house in the picture is located at Descanso Gardens in La Canada. It's used to be a private house and now watercolor gallery. I never exhibit my own works but I like to visit there once in a while and enjoying beautiful watercolor paintings.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Shadow on the Wall

I found a strange shape of fountain and interesting shadow on the back wall. I always attracted by light and shadow. Therefore, this is a perfect subject to paint. So, this is the finished painting.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Sunrise in Yosemite Valley

One of students of watercolor class leaves to Japan end of this month. She said "My husband and I return to my home town and become a farmer." "That cool!"I said.  I came from farmer's family and I don't want to be a farmer again. However, I have to admit that I hear a lot of city young people have dream like that. As a matter of fact, the small town in Hokkaido where I was bone and raised bustle with such people. Not only the people from big city of Japan but from foreign countries such as Australia. They love snow country. I should say, this is a new phenomenon. All I can say is "wow!!"

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Sunrise in the Valley

I watched the movie "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1"

Monday, August 1, 2011

Plum Brossoms

My lady friend had moved to Oregon last July.She had been lived Los Angeles area for so many years. And now she  decided to spend rest of her life in Oregon. My artist friend had moved Oregon not a long ago. So, I have two friends up there. I like to visit there some day. May be next year because I have a plan for this year already. I am going to Japan this year. October, to be exact. The count down has started today.