Japan was wonderful for both daughter and myself, though it was very much a 'working holiday' for me. For the first month I was largely focused on meeting deadlines, producing work for the show and other such business, so not so many opportunities for socialising and enjoying the summer break. However the hard work was all worthwhile in the end, the exhibition at Space Yui was a tremendous success. My deepest thanks to Kimura-san and all the other staff at the gallery.
|Setting up the show in the gallery (photo courtesy of Space Yui)|
|In Space Yui Gallery modelling the t-shirts produced for the show|
|One of the numerous drawings developed from sketchbook images sold during the show|
|Legendary zoologist, TV personality and author Mutsugoro (Masanori Hata)|
Finally the exhibition was over and daughter and I were able to finally relax. Straight after the exhibition we were invited by my editors at Fukuinkan to the Nagano mountains to stay in a Besso (country cottage) and research our next book. It was a wonderful tonic after the stifling heat of Tokyo!
|Seren in Kobuchizawa with Roa and Yuriko|
|Fukuinkan section in the Tama Plaza branch of Yurindo Bookshop. Jack gets centre stage!|