Japan

Disaster Preparation Handbook for Tokyoites

Ever since my relocation to Tokyo, I have experienced countless earthquakes, 2 medium-strength ones of which my TV almost fell. As a Singaporean who is fortunate to be protected from natural disasters, I always end up worrying about my television instead of keeping myself safe. I am quite sure that in the event of the real big Tokyo shake (which they predict that it will happen this lifetime), my television will most probably survive better than me. 

So, to educate people like me and all Tokyoites, they came up with a brilliantly designed handbook. Designed as a pictorial book with the use of a contrasting yellow and black, it is indeed very eye-catching.

Clockwise from left: Thick paper box, Disaster Evacuation Map as to residing area, A detailed handbook, and a sticker. 

Clockwise from left: Thick paper box, Disaster Evacuation Map as to residing area, A detailed handbook, and a sticker. 

It is indeed challenging to design something that has a wide target of people of all ages. While Japan does not have much of a literacy problem, the use of pictorials are more to ease reading. But personally, having an educational handbook on national topics like these are not sufficient. Tokyoites are probably the least cooperative in drills and exercises and so much more has to be done to encourage participation in such. Office workers get annual drills in their office buildings but we must not forget, what happens to those who are at home during the day? 

Simple and contrasting illustrations in yellow background printed with glossy magazine papers. 

Simple and contrasting illustrations in yellow background printed with glossy magazine papers. 

National education has never been easy and never will be. Nevertheless, the Tokyo Disaster Preparation Handbook is a good step forward.  

明けましておめでとう!

皆様はより素敵な一年を過ごせるようにお祈りします!

今年は日本語でブログを発信して始めたいと思います。よろしくお願い致します!

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今年も引き続きイラスト作品を制作したいが、モーションアニメーションをもっと勉強して、よりインターラクティブなイラストを作りたいと思います!

Pigment at Tennozu Isle, Tokyo

Made a trip to Pigment at Tennozu Isle, off Shinagawa seaside after reading the report by Colossal.

Walls of pigment crystals, pigment binders and mixers, papers and brushes, it's like a wonderland of Colours!

Learnt so much on Colours and materials and textures!

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These walls of pigments are harvested from mineral rocks of different Colours and shades.

A mineral rock sample. What Colours do you see?  

A mineral rock sample. What Colours do you see?  

Colours and shades 

Colours and shades 

I never knew there were that many shades of colour(and rocks)! Some so close that was tough for me to differentiate them.

Walls of jars of pigments! 

Walls of jars of pigments! 

Within the traditional tools we spotted a new brush that doesn't quite look like one because it's a finger brush! It comes in all finger and brush sizes of small to large too!

Paint with your fingers with the finger brush  

Paint with your fingers with the finger brush  

Staff working at the store are real artists and they were so friendly in telling us more about each item and letting us try them out at the free space at the back of the store.

The lovely Mslatenightjam trying out the finger brush.  

The lovely Mslatenightjam trying out the finger brush.  

Papers dated back a long time in China as well as Japan. For Japanese painting, a variety of papers can be found of different textures and thickness with some really fancy ones with little gold leaves in them.

Japanese sumi art paper  

Japanese sumi art paper  

They also have an enormous collection of handmade brushes for Japanese painting. Some really micro-thin and some as thick as my domestic broom! These are all handmade by traditional craftsmen.

Walls of brushes of different shapes and sizes  

Walls of brushes of different shapes and sizes  

One particular item caught my eye and stole my heart. Not a brush but a glass capillary pen in bamboo! It's so incredibly light and it draws so well, better than any fountain pen! So addictive that we couldn't stop doodling with that! I regret not taking a video of the awesome-ness of it.

A Japanese craft TV program the other day featured the full glass pen (different from the one below) and they were so much in demand that it's a long waitlist!

The glass capillary pen in bamboo. On my wish list now! :P

The glass capillary pen in bamboo. On my wish list now! :P

So we kept trying out tools and paints. No doubt the best way to learn is to actually do, or use things! So here's our masterpiece with the paints!

Our masterpiece! (Towards the left)  

Our masterpiece! (Towards the left)  

Thank you to Mslatenightjam for coming out with me to Pigment!

Pigment is a must visit for all who love colours! They also host workshops by art professionals so keep a lookout!

Day Trip to Kamakura seaside

Made a trip to Kamakura last weekend, hoping to catch some autumn foliage though I was a little early for it. Nevertheless, it was beautiful!

Colourful traditional crafts, reinvented

Colourful traditional crafts, reinvented

Little Broom as a good luck charm for   expecting mothers

Little Broom as a good luck charm for   expecting mothers

Traditional sweet snack store

Traditional sweet snack store

Imabari towel store

Imabari towel store

Eclairs on chalk

Eclairs on chalk

My Favourite Japanese Dessert, Anmitsu!  

My Favourite Japanese Dessert, Anmitsu!  

As an illustrator, I just adore hand drawn signages.  

As an illustrator, I just adore hand drawn signages.  

Pacific drive in along the coast. Somewhat reminds me of California!  

Pacific drive in along the coast. Somewhat reminds me of California!  

Beach houses by the Bay.  

Beach houses by the Bay.  

One of my Favourite objects to shoot in Japan, the cables and lights. 

One of my Favourite objects to shoot in Japan, the cables and lights. 

That's the Sagamihara Bay towards the great Pacific Ocean

That's the Sagamihara Bay towards the great Pacific Ocean

Sunset along the coast with Enoshima. 

Sunset along the coast with Enoshima. 

Catching the sunset on paper before it is gone! It was too cloudy to see Mount Fuji at the back. 

Catching the sunset on paper before it is gone! It was too cloudy to see Mount Fuji at the back. 

An old man came and asked about my painting and gave me a photo of Diamond Fuji, where the sun sets on Mount Fuji, taken on the same spot where I was at!  

An old man came and asked about my painting and gave me a photo of Diamond Fuji, where the sun sets on Mount Fuji, taken on the same spot where I was at!