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4 years birthday party idea

4歳の誕生日会をひらきました。招待したのは村の老若男女約20人、数少ない村の子育て世代を数組と仲良く付き合っていただいている近所の方々を招待しました。日本に比べると、人に何かをプレゼントする文化を強く持つアメリカでは誕生日は一大イベント、今年も数週間前からそわそわしながらどうしようかと考えていました。

子供と相談して考えた末、今回のテーマは「クラフト」、0歳児から70代のみんなで楽しめるクラフトアクティビティーと手作りの装飾&料理でもてなすことにしました。

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Little happiness through advent calendar

As I grew up in Japan, the new year day is more important for me rather than Christmas. The new year day is the biggest holiday for our Japanese. Of course we do celebrate Christmas but it’s not religious way and it’s not official holiday as in here.

It means, December was a kind of preparation term for the coming new year holiday for me. We keep us busy to finish the job before the new year and a lot of preparation for the biggest holiday. However, after I moved to USA, I knew there are so many fun events in December. I would like to be more relax and enjoy December itself, especially with kids.

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Autumn craft

It’s just beautiful season in October. The leaves on the trees turn yellow. I can’t stop to look up the sky and explore the leafing carpet. How we can bring back the autumn beauty in to the house?

I and my kids picked some beautiful leaves and did an easy craft together. It works well even for 3 years old.

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guests from Australia

Two young architects from Australia came to Bluff. Their theme of this USA trip are “soil” and “design build”, and that reason why they came to us.  Both of us introduced what we’re doing in each country, and we founds many same philosophy for design or building materials. When I was talking with them, I’ve reminded the passion of the architecture, the interesting into material and the fun of handcraft that I’ve known when I was students.

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honer to be here

Last weekend, we had a ceremony for the completion of a memorial project. This was designed to remember a female DBB student who has past away when she was young. We worked this project with students of Tokyo metropolitan University.  It designed well with Japanese and Navajo cultures, and express life and death with light and shadow. All of participating in the party celebrated the completion with tears and smiles. It was beautiful.

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