Tuesday, August 8, 2017

material girl

konnichi-wa to heARTists and heART lovers everywhere!

it’s the 8th day of the 8th month and time to share more of Yuri’s amazing heARTwork.

again, we’re in post production on our War Brides of Japan documentary. so, we’ll have to keep this blog post short and sweet.

btw, you can request membership in our Facebook group, Japanese War Brides & Families & Friends, where we discuss our Japanese war bride mothers.

a favorite medium for Yuri to work in was material. how that girl loved to sew!

here, she's dressed as the famous judo sensei Sanshiro Sugata in a kimono she made herself for this particular dance recital.

Yuri as Sanshiro

and here, she shows off a kimono and a football helmut she designed for her grandson when he was  just a toddler.

boy's kimono

handmade football helmut

that’s it, Yuri's fans. short and sweet, but please check out the links below for more about the film.

war brides of Japan videos:

war brides of Japan websites:

war brides of Japan news:

war brides of Japan Facebook:

war brides of Japan LinkedIn:

war brides of Japan Twitter:

war brides of Japan G+:

war brides of Japan blogs:

a war bride's artwork:

arrigatou gozaimasu!

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

food as heARTwork

chef Yuri
konnichi-wa, heARTwork fans!


it’s the 8th day of the 7th month and time to share a little of Yuri’s heARTwork.

once again, we’re in the midst of editing the War Brides of Japan documentary. so we’ll leave you with some of Yuri’s favorite homemade heARTwork—food. enjoy!


first course, salad in a jar!
broccoli, bean soup, aforementioned salad & natto...what? no gohan?
and for dessert, freshly-baked Mom's apple pie

and here are the links to the War Brides of Japan documentary:

war brides of Japan videos:

war brides of Japan websites:

war brides of Japan news:

war brides of Japan Facebook:

war brides of Japan LinkedIn:

war brides of Japan Twitter:

war brides of Japan G+:

war brides of Japan blogs:

a war bride's artwork:

bon appetite!

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Yuri's favorite heARTworks

konnichi-wa, heARTists and supporters of Yuri's heARTwork. it’s the 8th day of the 6th month and time for more heARTwork by Yuri.

but wait, we’re still busy editing our War Brides of Japan documentary, so we only have a few images for you; some of Yuri’s favorite things.

here’s a self-portrait of her as a cross-dressing dancer. seriously, she took on the role of a famous judo master in a dance recital, and even made the man’s kimono herself. then, she painted herself from a photo.


Yuri means lily flower, and here are lilies that Yuri grew in her garden.


finally, here’s a plate of her homemade spaghetti with steamed green beans, and garlic toast from her favorite whole wheat bread that she baked from scratch.


and here are all the links to the War Brides of Japan documentary which we're now anticipating will be completed by fall.

war brides of Japan videos:

war brides of Japan websites:

war brides of Japan news:

war brides of Japan Facebook:

war brides of Japan LinkedIn:

war brides of Japan Twitter:

war brides of Japan G+:

war brides of Japan blogs:

a war bride's artwork:

arrigatou gozaimashita for your continued support!











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Monday, May 8, 2017

a heART for you!

konnichi-wa all heARTists and heART lovers across the universe. it’s the 8th day of the 5th month and, we’re celebrating Yuriko’s art once again.

however, while we’re still in the editing phase of War Brides of Japan, we don’t have time to share as much as we’d like. 

a heART for you!

so we'll leave you with Yuriko's handmade hearts and the links below for more info about the film.

please scroll through “Older Posts” to see more of Yuriko’s fabulous heARTwork!

war brides of Japan videos:

war brides of Japan websites:

war brides of Japan news:

war brides of Japan Facebook:

war brides of Japan LinkedIn:

war brides of Japan Twitter:

war brides of Japan G+:

war brides of Japan blogs:

a war bride's artwork:


arrigatou!














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Saturday, April 8, 2017

happy birthday, heARTist Yuri!

konnichi-wa heART lovers! it’s the 8th day of the 4th month, and we’re honoring Yuriko’s birthday by showing a few of her favorite paintings. 

on an interesting note, today is also the day that many in Asia celebrate Buddha’s birthday.













flowers are always a favorite for Yuri. so here are a few that she painted in oils.




meanwhile, please check out our War Brides of Japan links to the documentary film we’re making for Yuri.

war brides of Japan videos:

war brides of Japan websites:

war brides of Japan news:

war brides of Japan Facebook:

war brides of Japan LinkedIn:

war brides of Japan Twitter:

war brides of Japan G+:

war brides of Japan blogs:

a war bride's artwork:


































arrigatou gozaimasu!


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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

heARTing Yuriko, heARTing Women Everywhere!

Yuri, lei-making in Honolulu
a heARTy International Women’s Day to all heART lovers everywhere!

it’s the 8th day of the 3rd month and time to celebrate more of Yuri’s heARTwork with her fans.

apologies for missing you last month, but our documentary War Brides of Japan is taking us away from regularly posting on this blog. arrigatou for understanding.






while we were gone, Hinamatsuri (Girls Day or Dolls Day) was celebrated in Japan on March 3.

hinamatsuri card lights up and plays music

above is a photo of a celebratory greeting card that the wife of one of Yuri’s nephews sent us. when the button is pressed, the lanterns light up and a Japanese tune plays.

girl and boy dolls crocheted by Yuri 

originally, Dolls Day was for removing bad luck and curses. in ancient times, people believed they could speak their misfortunes into their dolls, then sail them away down the river; thus, banishing evil from their lives. in modern times, Japanese girls get expensive replicas of the royal family—emperor, empress and other court figures—then, have them set up in display along with offerings of food like sweet mochi deserts.

speaking of dolls, here are a few more that Yuriko made by hand. 

made with fabric, a man and woman dance in kimono
two of three boys appliqued onto a noren (door banner)
here's the third boy

two girls on a noren, one carries a baby (aka-chan) on her back
enjoy!

and, please follow the links in the December 8 post below to know more about War Brides of Japan.

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

happy new year to Yuri's fans forever!

Yuri with daughter, in Tokyo
akemashite omedettou gozaimasu
hau’oli makahiki hou!

happy new year, heARTists and heART lovers everywhere!

it’s the 8th day of the 1st month of the new year and time for more heARTwork by Yuri.

as you know, Yuri was a WWII Japanese war bride, and this monthly blog is about her incredible artistry throughout her lifetime. we began it by posting samples of her oil paintings, wood carvings, cut paper sculpture and origami, mask-making, crocheting, knitting, quilting and sewing; and, so much more.

however, we’re now experiencing time constraints as we complete our documentary, War Brides of Japan. this film is not just about Yuri, but includes other women like her who married American GI’s and moved to the U.S. during a time of extreme anti-Japanese hysteria in America.

since it’s obvious we’ll be busy with this project for the next several months, we'll discontinue displaying Yuri's art except for in small doses as time allows.

arrigatou for your understanding!

and, please see all the links for War Brides of Japan in last month’s post, below.

although she was a dog person (posing here with her beloved Muffin between two of her paintings), Yuri loved to create cats, too. please enjoy these two cat paintings and, apologies for not having any roosters for the upcoming year. however, you can view more of Yuri's paintings here:


ja!

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