Wednesday, September 8, 2021

fall and heARTs are in the air!

greetings heARTists and heART lovers everywhere! 

it’s the 8th day of the 9th month and time to share more of Yuri’s incredible heARTwork.

say, can you sense the change in the air? surely, fall is about to arrive.


and with fall, comes bountiful harvests.


so here are some of Yuri’s paintings that represent produce. they're all painted on wood, too!



bamboo shoots are a delicious vegan food



notice that the foods represented are all vegan. yep, we’re sneaking that plug in to let you know about our upcoming documentary about Indigenous cultures and their pre-colonization diets.



yellow onions, green onions and garlic

carrots, jalapeƱos and green pepper



below is a very ‘quick and dirty’ short video of our upcoming film. 


arrigatou! to VeganFlix for giving us a grant to make our future documentary:


Native Vegan


and, please check out Yuri’s website to see more of her heARTwork:


iAmArtistYuriko


when we meet again, it will be chilly winter. please stay safe, and don’t forget that we are and will always be...


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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

summer heARTS with Yuri

a tender song
happy summer days, heARTists and heART lovers everywhere!

it’s the 8th day of the 6th month and time for more heARTwork by Yuri.


nothing says summer like birds, cats and flowers. so for this blog, we would like to share some of Yuri’s pantings featuring—what else, but birds, cats and flowers.



you can almost smell the sweetness of the flowers she painted, and you can almost hear the tender songs of the birds, can’t you? well, except for those noisy crows.

the cawing of crows


as for the cats, watch out! they may look cute and cuddly, but cats are awfully playful at times. look out for the little beasts' claws. me-ouch!










even though we have a few more days before summer is official, here’s hoping that you’re enjoying the blue skies no matter where you are in this world—unless, of course, you're experiencing winter where you live. in that case, we offer our condolences.


for more heARTwork by Yuri, please visit her website at:


iAmArtistYuriko.com


meanwhile our ‘War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory’ series continues to win film festival awards. this is a 5-part documentary about Japanese war brides like Yuriko. for a time, the films were available on Vimeo, but we are now searching for another platform.


please check out our website for the latest: www.warbridesofjapan.com


until we meet again, happy summer and i will always be with you as one of…


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Monday, March 8, 2021

Yuriko's heARTwork contributions to international women's day

happy International Women’s Day to heARTists and heART lovers around the world!

an old woman reflects on her life's past


a young woman reflects on her life to come


















it’s the 8th day of the 3rd month and time for more he
ARTwork by Yuri.

interestingly, Japanese war brides like Yuriko contributed to global awareness of women’s issues without even realizing it.

when they arrived in the US for the first time (along with their American military husbands), Japanese war brides had experienced very little contact with western culture—outside of what the US military brought to Japan during the Occupation.

even Empress Michiko designated the war brides as ‘cultural ambassadors’ for Japan.


obon dancers by Yuriko

besides their beliefs in Shinto and Buddhism, the brides also perpetuated obon (ancestral celebrations) with bon odori (obon dances), ikebana (flower arranging), sumi-e (calligraphy), and the introduction a variety of foods. everything—from sushi to tempura to sukiyaki—eventually became popular in US specialty restaurants. 


war brides innocently brought their practices of Japanese culture to a country that had been so hostile towards Americans of Japanese descent that they had imprisoned them during WWII. 


by naively clinging to their native beliefs and arts, war brides were able to keep aspects of Japanese culture alive while Japanese Americans had been forced to destroy many elements of it.


through her love for painting, Yuriko imparted messages of peace and hope. even though she preferred to paint landscapes and seascapes, she also created paintings that featured Japanese motifs as well purely American ones.


Yuriko's koi painting is very Japanese


while her eagle woodcarving is totally American

some of her heARTwork appear on this blog page while others can be viewed at iAmArtistYuriko.com

Yuriko won many prizes for her heARTwork


a Wordie by Jason

also, you can stay updated about the 'War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory' series at our website: www.warbridesofjapan.com


until June 30, I will always remain one of...


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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Bodhi day and heARTwork, nature-ly

greetings, heARTists and heART lovers of the multiverse.

it’s the 8th day of the 12th month, and time for more heARTwork by Yuri.


it’s also time to celebrate Bodhi Day!


like Buddha, Yuri was also born on April 8. and, they share a love for Nature.


the story of Buddha is that while he was still Prince Siddhartha, he sat under a Bodhi Tree for 7 days fasting and meditating. on the 8th day, he found enlightenment.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodhi_Day


we fans of Yuri would like to enlighten the world about her beautiful heARTwork. especially those pieces that reflect her love for nature.


in our last blog post, we announced our intention to work on a film about her. unfortunately, life has distracted us in numerous ways and we’ve had to postpone our project--but just temporarily. we'll make up for lost time in 2021.

meanwhile, here are some of Yuri's heARTwork reflecting both Nature and her connection to Buddha.




ps since WIX changed its software, Yuri’s paintings aren’t showing up on her website. Please give us a moment.


https://lenastarwheels.wixsite.com/iamartistyuriko


best new year's wishes, and we'll return on March 8 where we'll continue to be...


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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

picture this!

greetings fellow heARTists around the planet!

it’s the 8th day of the 9th month, and time for more heARTwork by Yuri. 


however, this month we’re going to focus on our upcoming film about the legendary heARTist, haiku writer, traditional Japanese dancer, photographer, painter and home chef extraordinaire—Yuriko!


Yuriko dances the role of Sanshiro Sugata, a male judo master


the film will feature old super 8mm footage from the 1960’s that Yuri shot of her family, and we’re also including slides and photos of Yuri over the years.


here's an example of family footage on Youtube shot by one of her daughters:



Yuriko in backyard garden with Lulu, circa 1970's


although she was born in an affluent part of Tokyo, Yuri and her family were plunged into poverty when her father suddenly died. 


the film will tell the story of how Yuri found herself working as a live-in nanny at age 13; and, how she gave up a career in fashion design because Japan had engaged in so many wars that its citizens had to toil in arms-producing factories.


Yuriko in her 20's


we’ll also show how Yuri’s marriage to an African American GI following WWII changed her life completely.


Yuri's changing life


speaking of that, our War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory film series is currently available on Vimeo for just a few more weeks. here’s the link:


https://vimeo.com/watermelonsushi/vod_pages


and, here's our website:


www.warbridesofjapan.com


looking toward 2021 and Yuriko’s film, we remain…


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Monday, June 8, 2020

Yuriko's HeART


Yuriko with her daughter in Tokyo
greetings, heARTists and heART lovers throughout this amazingly heARTfelt world.

it’s the 8th day of the 6th month and time for more heARTwork by Yuri.

as mentioned before, we’ve finally completed our ‘War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory’ series. here’s the link that will take you to each of the 5 films where you can view a trailer before watching them:


and, here's the website:

www.warbridesofjapan.com









now, we’ll begin our next film—all about about Yuri and her life of heARTwork! please stay tuned here for more news about the development of that docu*memory.

Yuriko's passport

on this page are some images that show what the film will feature—her childhood in Japan, surviving WWII in Tokyo, arriving as a war bride in the US during segregation and Jim Crow, and exploring heART forms like dance, painting, culinary heARTS and writing haiku.

dancing the role of a judo master

bon odori

a tiger has arrived

Yuriko cooks up some soul food

Yuriko relaxes with some ocha

until we meet again on September 8, please open your heART to more ART. we are...

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Sunday, March 8, 2020

heARTwork by Yuri, an International Woman

greetings, heARTists and heART lovers everywhere in the universe.

it’s the 8th day of the 3rd month and time for heARTwork by Yuri.

and, it’s International Women’s Day, too. around the world, women are still striving for equality in pay for work performed, in child rearing and housekeeping, and even in just being able to choose their own marriage partners.

feminist pioneers: Yuri on the left, Emiko on the right
while we still have a long way to go for women to be where they rightfully belong, we can tick off many accomplishments thanks to feminist pioneers.

unbelievably, Yuriko was very much a pioneer and a feminist in ways she didn’t even realize. being a Japanese war bride during the Occupation of Japan meant that women were able to date a man of their own choosing. that those men were very recently their country’s enemies meant a lot of women were ostracized, shunned and even disowned by their families.

still many persevered, married anyway and came to a strange country they’d never seen before where they created new families.

if you haven’t already, check out the 5-part series ‘War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory’, on Vimeo:


and, for more about war brides, go to:


meanwhile, enjoy some of Yuriko’s heARTwork featuring women scattered about this page.

a young woman
an elderly woman

a Japanese entertainer
 for more of Yuriko’s heARTwork, visit this website:


until we meet again on June 8, please celebrate the women in your life!

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