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a memory of my dad-2

My dad loved eating food as well as food shopping and cooking. In particular
he loved having guests at home and treating people his cooking and looking the people
having the treat happily.
Most of the time when I was a kid, he invited dinner some people at home.
Almost everyday his students came to my house and ate dinner and talk till midnight….
Even they called my dad "Daddy" and called my mum "Mummy".

But he never ever tidied up after dinner....He used all the pans and dishes for cooking…
The kitchen was such a mess after dinner...poor my mum!

a memory of my dad -1

My dad loved to commute by bike to an university where he used to teach. He also loved to wear wooden sandals which were not so popular among Japanese people anymore at all.
And he went for food shopping on the way back home. At that time it was so rare to find a man who
went for food shopping.
When I was a  teenagert, it was quite embarrassing to bump into him with lots of plastic bags from a
supermarket and sometimes flowers etc...on his bike (and wearing wooden sandals! )  especially when I was with my friends. I tried to hide somewhere...but he always found me and called me 'YOKO!'
quite loudly....!


'Island' Campaign by Nicky Singer

A great author Nicky Singer(and I am very proud to say that she is one of my friends!) is currently running a Kickstarter campaign for her new novel Island.

Please visit and support this campaign if you are interested.


Year of the Sheep!

2015 is Year of the Sheep.

A person who was born in a year of the Sheep
tends to be calm and sincere. And he/she sometimes miss
a chance because of the too much kindness and carefulness. He/She could be a really good partner once he/she gets married.

Wish all of you'll have Happy New Year!


another range of Christmas robin cards.

These are my new range of Christmas cards.

Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a wonderful happy New Year!


Illustration auction to help raise money for WAR CHILD

My wonderful friend Leigh Hodgkinson has organized a charity illustration auction to help raise money for War Child. 

Please go to this website and join the auction
in you are interested in buying a piece of various  famous children's books illustrators in the UK and help raise money for children who are suffering from War.

The auction finishes Sunday 7th September 2014.

This is my work in the auction.

real size 21cmx25cm
White letters were actually silver painted


The Hans and Matilda Show has been selected one of 6 of the best children's books for 3-5 year olds, as chosen by expert bookshop staff

from  Junior Magazine 

The Hans and Matilda Show has been selected one of 6 of the best children's books for 3-5 year olds, as chosen by expert bookshop staff!

THE HANS AND MATILDA SHOW by Yokococo (Templar, £6.99)

"A second appearance for the little girl who disguises herself as the naughtier Hans, here creating chaos in the guise of her alter-ego at the school talent show. It all comes right in the end when Matilda herself makes a magical reappearance and saves the day.  A fun and subversive page turner!"
Chosen by Newham Bookshop in East London.


The Hans and Matilda Show is published in the UK now!

My latest book 'The Hans and Matilda Show' is published in the UK now!

This is the second story of Hans and Matilda as a series.

Hans and Matilda will make outstanding performances in a school show this time.

Hope you'll like this story too.