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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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Interested in “Number”

We started playing about numbers little by little by using what I have at home. The interesting came from “Thomas Train”. She showed interest in the car body number of them.

So, we often play “stone carrying game” using Thomas cards, numeral puzzles and  stones which we picked up by our house.  She has not reached 6 until now, but enjoying.

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We also play “picnic” with similar tools. She looks not enough to put only stones, so she also wants to set up some food for her friends .

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