We were preparing the window for the B-Anime film Festival

January 28th at 16:30h.

I will do a sumi-e exhibition in the Hall of Diseny Hub Barcelona.

 Then I will be doing a workshop of sumi-e (bamboo initiation) there are only 20 seats for the workshop, you need to register previously on B Anime webside. This is a free activity

Then we will watch an Anime and drink Umai Cha ( tea)

These are free activities. You have to check the availability and register on the website of B- Anime Film

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Sumi-e Workshop, Bamboo iniciation


書き初めKAKIZOME :The first calligraphy of the year

We normally write our wishes, target, or motto of the year. This year l have written 日々是好日(nichi nichi kore kounichi) which is one of the Zen phrase that l like. This phrase has many meanings

  • Every day can be good day depend on your attitude or your thought.
  • It is important to live the present.
  • We have to do the best to make the better day.
  • Just accept the day as it is.

I will try to remember this phrase, when l feel down, this year!!

The kakizome can be burned in the dondoyaki day read more about this tradition on my post 

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Original  Japanese and Sumi-e paintings 


The Kanji of the Year 2016

The Kanji “ Gold has been chosen as the Kanji of the year 2016.

This is the third time that this kanji is chosen as the kanji of the year. The reasons for this time are the following.

Japan won many golden medals in Rio Olympics, corruption of some politicians, the new president of United States has blond hair( in Japanese ‘kinpatsu’ golden hair), and the famous video of PPAP’s actor Pikotaro wears golden costume in the video.

The Prime Minister Abe hopes that the Kanji of the year 2020 which is Tokyo Olympics year will be “” Gold again.

What do you think about this decision? Do you like the meaning of the kanji KIN金? You can see the kanjis of other years in my old post 

Picture taken from West News


Celebrating the Stages of Live Shichi Go San


In Japan there are several celebrations that mark the different stages of growth of the children. There are other similar celebrations in Japan as jyusanmairi and seijinshiki. The Shichigosan is celebrated at the ages of 3, 5 and 7 years and is performed on November 15.

The family goes to the temple to pray for  healthy children life and grow.

Seven years old girls wear Kimono dress with a wide belt called  obi and boys can wear the ‘hakama’ which is the kimono for man at the age of 5 years.

Traditional Japanese clothes looked  very cool for me at that time. When my sister celebrated her ‘Shichigosan’ at the age of  7 and I was 3 I was very upset because I could not wear the ‘hakama’ too.

Children also receive a large candy called Chitoseame, candy thousand years. In the bag there is a painting of a tortoise and a crane symbolizing long life in Japan culture.

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