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!


Yuri’s Fans Forever

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.

Yuri's Fan Forever

daruma's a Yuri fan, too!

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!

Yuri's Fans Forever

Thursday, December 8, 2016

bad ass brides!

heARTfelt greetings to all heARTists and heARTwork lovers in the world!

Yuri in her original passport
it’s the 8th day of the 12th month, and once again we have no heARTwork by Yuri to present to you.

last month, we travelled again to film additional participants for our War Brides of Japan documentary. this feature-length movie will tell the stories of Japanese war brides, their adult children and/or their grandchildren. those brave women who married American GI’s occupying their country took a huge leap of faith to immigrate to a country most of them had never seen before. because of that, and other hardships they endured, we like to call them Bad Ass Brides.

for more about Yuri and her life as a Japanese war bride, check out at any of the links below. 

and here’s our new trailer chronicling behind-the-scenes making of the film:


we’re still fundraising, too, so please consider making a 100% tax deductible donation here.

Yuri, front row center, with her family before leaving Japan
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:

again, we thank our donors for their loving support!

ja!

Yuri’s Fan Forever

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

the heART of a Japanese war bride

mina-san, konnichi-wa! greetings to all heARTists and heARTwork lovers out there!

it’s the 8th day of the 11th month and time for more heARTwork by Yuri. only, we don’t really have any prepared for you to view at this point. that’s because we’re so busy filming our documentary War Brides of Japan—a story about women like Yuri who married American GI’s following WWII.

Yuri, circa 1975, in a dress she sewed hersel
to learn more about that part of Yuri’s life, please stay updated with us at one of the following sites below.

to help us through Post Production, please make your 100% tax-deductible donation here.

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:

once again, arrigatou gozaimashita to all who have supported us with their dollars and love.

ja!


Yuri’s Fan Forever

Saturday, October 8, 2016

bad-ass brides back in the news!

konnichi-wa to all you loving heARTists and heARTwork lovers out there!

it’s the 8th day of the 10th month, and time to get back to some heARTwork by Yuri.

mina-san, gomennasai for missing you last month (the 8th day of the 9th month), but our film crew was busy on the road shooting war brides, their children and grandchildren for our upcoming documentary War Brides of Japan.

here’s a link to our War Brides on the Road blog that we couldn’t even manage to keep up!
  
but you can always stay updated at any of the urls down below.

and, yes, we’re still seeking donations to help us through Post Production, so arrigatou gozaimashita in advance for your 100% tax-deductible donation. please donate here.

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:

meanwhile, here’s some edible heARTwork by Yuri—yes, she baked her own birthday cake!

can you read hiragana?
soon, we’ll be sharing the stories we’ve gathered so you can see for yourself these beautiful, brave, bodacious and bad-ass brides!

takusan arrigatou gozaimashita to all of our supporters and, especially, to our donors for making the War Brides of Japan documentary film a possibility.

mata ne?

Yuri's Fans Forever

Monday, August 8, 2016

arrigatou gozaimashita! from the War Brides of Japan

konnichi-wa, heARTists and heARTlovers here, there, and everywhere!

beautiful brides
it’s the 8th day of the 8th month, and time for some updates about the War Brides of Japan documentary.

as you know, artist Yuri is a former Japanese war bride and will be highlighted in this film which also features other war brides and their adult children.




here’s the link to our crowdfunding page where you can make a tax-deductible donation:


the art of cooking with Yuri
below are links to videos about the documentary:










Yuri sips ocha while contemplating art
here are links to our websites:














here are two articles published on LinkedIn:



warbrides Yuri and Emi
and, an article printed in:





one of Yuri's many paintings
and, if you’re a war bride or the child of one, please request membership in our Japanese War Brides and Their Children closed Facebook group!

fans of Yuri, we are on our way to sharing the stories of these awesome women that history has forgotten.

meanwhile, here’s the link to Yuri’s paintings

arrigatou gozaimashita to our donors for your continued support.

ja!

Yuri's Fans Forever