No.8: “Five String Serenade by Mazzy Star”

“This is my five string serenade

Beneath the water I play

And while I’m playing for you

It could be raining there too.”

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My first time attending the Hispanic Heritage Festival

Today was the Hispanic Heritage Festival 2019 ! It was wonderful 😍

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IMG_20191005_230954_674It was a happy event filled with bright colors, delicious food, smiling faces — all under the sunny blue sky.

The dances were nothing short of spectacular, and the music enlivening! It’s great seeing people dancing in the street!

It was very hot though, and come midday even if I was drinking a lot of water my throat felt very dry. I was dehydrated 😦

Next time I’ll bring some salt to solve ny dehydration problem, AND add more sauce and hot sauce to my tamales!

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Ngayong araw ipinagdiriwang ang Hispanic Heritage Festival. Napakaganda!
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今日は「ヒスパニック遺産祭り」が行われてとても素晴らしかったです!

Rhythm by the Bonfire

Feeeeel the rhythm coooming down! 🎵
TITLE: “Rhythm by the Bonfire” 9x12in watercolour . FINISHED!

Early in August the annual Tenrikyo Picnic was held at Kapiolani Park. 

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I was having a fun chat with my friend Yuki-chan, who’s also a creative (she designs nail art), about what I want to do in life.

Out of the blue I blurt out, 

“I WANNA DRAW!”

“Did you say you wanna draw?” someone said behind me.

It’s Big Jay!

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I said “Yeah!” and showed him my travel sketchbook. “You draw everyday?”

“Yup at the bus stop, while waiting for the bus!”

“Ok cool, I’m looking for someone to draw my album for me, do you wanna do that?”

I listened to his song, “Rhythm Going Down” and closed my eyes.

I saw people…some dancing, some just standing around a bonfire. At the beach.

There’s this one girl, who really gets into the groove.

At first I thought I wanted to just show that camaraderie.

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Later on, I looked at it again and felt like something’s missing. It’s so flat.

So I added a backdrop of the sky, the moon and the ocean. I also wanted it to look like, the viewer can join in, too.

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It’s not just the people, but also the ambience of the surroundings –

in Nature, one can also feel the rhythm.

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リズムが流れてる!
題名: 「焚き火の周りに、リズム」22.9x32.5cm #水彩画 完成!

Saturday Siesta ☀️

Today I went to my favorite place in town. 😌

As a warm-up, I  sketched the random people outside the window.

It was a mood for quiet, bittersweet music. After so many years, I remember and wanted to listen to “Looks Like December” by Antonio Carlos Jobim.

‘I still sing te quiero, bolero, our rhymes are so banal.

Oh how I still long for tus besos never more.

Tus besos nunca mas.’

I must’ve listened to it 10 times. To finish drawing Tom Jobim himself.

I played “Flowers in December” next by Mazzy Star because I didn’t want to get tired of the other song. It’s too precious for that.

Immediately I’m captivated by Hope Sandoval. Her eyes are so beautiful, her voice so fitting for the song.

Oh, I just realize they both have ‘December’ in the title! 😲

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Pumunta ako sa paborito kong lugar at nag-siesta. Na-inspire ako ng mga kanta ni Antonio Carlos Jobim at ni Hope Sandoval, pati na rin nung mga naglalakad na tao sa labas ng bintana.
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今日は私がダウンタウンで一番好きなところに行ってゆっくり一日を過ごせました。音楽家のアントニオ•カルロス•ジョビン と ホープ•サンドヴァルの曲や、外での通行中の人にインスパイアされました。