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.


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.


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 .


What you can do from a book

We borrowed this picture book at the end of January when still cold days.


It is a book about making snowman. Papa Snowman, Mama-snowman, girl snowman and even baby snowman, and it shows us to decorate with various materials. After reading the book, we decided to have crafting time. It’s also good practice of scissors for my kid. I pulled out a lot of things that I could decorate from my drawer. After for a while, she made a wonderful snowman than I expected.


Burning the object right after the completion

An art event took place in Bluff town on winter solstice, December 21st, 2016 by the local artist Joe Pachak. This year, he designed and build over 30 feet tall two great blue herons.



The object is made of local plants like silver grass, sage and bamboo.


Aspen. Colorado

We visited Aspen, Colorado. I knew about this town from one of the student who jointed our DesignBuildBLUFF program. At the time, it was depression in US and many students backed to school instead of work. The student told me “it looks the economy is getting better, there are many construction sites in Aspen, Colorado.” And then I’ve heard that Shigeru Ban who is very famous Japanese architect designed the Aspen Art Museum. Since then I wanted to visit this town.