Yumi’s Adventures in Italy, 2018

Posted in My Trip, Uncategorized with tags , on January 20, 2019 by yumi

Hello there! How have you been so far? I am embarassed that I am writing an old article for my art blog, but I think I have to finish this first. Then, I will write about an even older than this, lol.

I studied abroad in Italy last year as well. It was last November and it was cold. I regreted why I didn’t bring a thicker jacket then. When I go back there next year, I won’t forget to do that.

Last time my teacher, her husband and my painting friends took me to Venice during our classes and this time they took me to Milan. It was my first time to get in a subway called metro.


Metro tickets

Let’s go to Milano with me!


We can buy tickets there.





Inside of the train. It was very clean and the seats were a little bit different from ours in Japan.


Platform             It looks very similar as ours.



Duomo in Milan


Unfortunately, the day when we were there was rainy and cold.  There was a long line with people who were waiting for their turns to get in. Since I was with my Italian friends, I didn’t need to wait because actually, there were two lines;  the longer one for tourists and the shorter one for local people. I could get in the shorter one, but I thought it was very unfair for tourists.


I am sorry for this out of forcus photo.

I was not allowed to take photos of the inside, but I saw some beautiful staindglasses and paintings there. I love seeing and entering cathedrals. Especially after reading a book about cathedrals (The book title is “The Pillars of The Earth”.) I was so overwelmed by the church.


After the church, we stopped by Gallelia which has lots of shops.


This is the most expensive restaurant menu in Milan.


This is the restaurant.



Here in Italy, art is everywhere even on the floor! I was so in love with Italy!




Prada, but look up at the ceiling. Art there!!!!


Look at this gorgeous sugar craft! So gorgeous!


I have an interesting story which I want to share with you. One of my Italian friends took us to a popular restaurant among locals. I met a waiter there. When he saw me, he immediatly asked me about my nationality. After he knew I was Japanese, he started talking Japanese words or terms whatever he knows. It was so funny because he said lots of Osaka dialects and I didn’t think he knew the meaning of what he mentioned. I couldn’t stop laughing. Since I was very curious about how he learned the terms, I asked about it to him. He told met that his Japanese friend, Mr. Honda taught them to him.

Well, we have so many Hondas in Japan. How do I know which Honda he is, lol. I told him that I am sorry there were so many Hondas, and I don’t think I know of your friend, Mr. Honda. He gave me a suspicious look and showed me his cell phone to say, ” Oh, my friend Mr. Honda is very popular here. I can show you his photos.”  When I looked at photos,  all the sudden, everything what he said made sense to me. The Mr. Honda is our soccer player, Keisuke Honda because he used to play soccer for The AC Milan. This restaurant was his favorite and he used to come here many times.

When I heard the story, I thought “Wow, it’s a very small world. I don’t know Honda, but now I know his friend!”  Then, I looked around the restaurant and figured out that this place was really popular among local people and soccer players.




After lunch, we went to the Brera museum and saw a bunch of amazing art! Oh, I really loved it there!!!!




Very old library in the museum.


The museum allowed us to take photos, and I will show you some breathtaking pieces.



















Venice! I was amazed that Venice has never ever changed!








This is one of the feature paintings in this museum. The painting title is The Kiss.








After the museum, we walked around in Milan.
















Milan was just like mixi of Kyoto, Shinsaibashi in Osaka and Ginza in Tokyo because it has lots of luxurious shops, historical places, museums and art.

The other day my teacher and her husband took me to another place called Ferrara.

To be honest with you, I prefer the old town to Milan.








The town doesn’t have any luxurious shops, but I prefer this type of small local shop!




My favorite mushrooms called porcini!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!














I met new friends, tried out new foods or sweets and learned a lot both painting and Italian culture.




I can’t say thank you enough to these people!! I am already really looking forward to going back to Italy to learn from my Italian mentor and hanging out with my Italian friends! Ti voglio bene!!!

Thank you so much for reading such a long blog entry!

See you around in two weeks! Have a lovely week!!!









Posted in Portrait, Uncategorized with tags , on January 15, 2019 by yumi

Hello there! How have you been? I want you to know that I haven’t quit my art blog and I apologize for the delay.

Two weeks has passed since new year. I hope everybody’s year started good.

I have some updates. First, I quit my painting school and I graduated from Gay’s painting school as well. I will write about my trip in the States last year on my other blog entry. I will write about my trip in Italy as well.

Last year since I took a portrait class from Cookie, I practiced some portraits. This lady portrait was the last one that I practiced last year. I will practice some portraits this year as well.  I hope you will see the better ones this year.

portrait on porcelain,

portrait on porcelain,

Painting this lady was fun and I learned a lot.

Now, I started creating my own art. You will see what I will paint on my blog this year as well.

Thank you for visiting my art blog! Happy painting!



Posted in Animal painting, landscapes, Uncategorized with tags , , on October 28, 2018 by yumi

Hello there! How have you been? I am sorry that I hadn’t posted anything for a while, but I came back here.

I think many people use a cell phone now rather than a PC, and they don’t read long blog entries anymore. Blogs are kind of the out of fashion now. So, I change my art blog to follow the movement.  I keep posting my hand-painting’s photos, but I don’t write long blog entries anymore on my art blog. So, it will be easier for people to check out my blog on their cell phones. To follow the movement, I started using Instagram as well. If you are interested in my Instagram, please follow me. https://www.instagram.com/yumiyumayume/

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painted on  12.5 cm ×17.5cm porcelain tyle


handpainting, mouse painting, painting on porcelain, animal portrait, animal painting porcelain painting

See you soon!



China Fair in Kyoto

Posted in Uncategorized on October 21, 2018 by yumi

The Spirit of Japan

Hello there! How have  you been so far? I think you forgot that I have blogs, lol. Yes, I myself almost forgot about them as well, lol. Well, I had lost interested in blogging for a while. Since I have left this blog for months, I have no idea what I should write. Then, I found that writing a china festival inKyoto might be interesting.

This summer was really hot, and I avoided going out. I rarely went out, and this festival was one of them. I don’t know why people in Kyoto hold the china (porcelain) festival in summer because summer in Kyoto is one of the muggiest places in Japan.

Anyway, the festival is held every summer, and many people have visited there because it opens from the morning to evening. I suggest to go there in the evening because it’s much cooler. You will be very comfy.

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Clock on Porcelain

Posted in European Style, flower painting, Miniatures, Nyon Rose, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on August 20, 2018 by yumi

Hello there! How have you been so far? I am sorry that my blog post has been delay because last week we had Obon. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon_Festival My family and I had been busy for family reunion things.  Here, it’s getting cooler after the obon, and I finally started enjoying painting, knitting, exercising and so on. Since I have been sized down, I am looking forward to going shopping to find cute outfits for fall and winter!

Today, I want to show you my clock on porcelain. I designed and painted it. This was one of my painting school’s projects. After finishing this one, I finally could go to my last course for my painting school. I am designing on a tea set with tiny flowers now. You will see it some time.

porcelain clock, Nyon roses, tiny flowers on porcelain, European style, Hand painted porcelain clock

Since I painted tiny Nyon roses for the first time for a while, I had to practice a lot to make my painting teacher say that you can fire it.

porcelain clock, Nyon roses, tiny flowers on porcelain, European style, Hand painted porcelain clock

When I designed this clock, my teacher and I had lots of arguments about my designs. We still can’t agree with some parts, but I hope I can graduate the school as soon as possible.

Now, I am practicing some portraits and animal portraits, and I am creating a piece for the city art show. I need to design one more piece for the show.

Well, I want to go back to my practice piece. So, happy painting, everyone! Hopefully, we can meet here again in two weeks!






After Two of Natural Disasters……

Posted in American Syle, Portrait, Uncategorized with tags , , on July 21, 2018 by yumi

Hello there! How have you been so far?

I am very sorry for the delay. We had some tough times and had to go through. We had two natural disasters. One is an earthquake and the other one was rain and floods.

First, the earthquake broke lots of my porcelain. I become down for a while and couldn’t paint.


It broke my heart as well because I lost lots of my collections including my Italian teacher’s hand painted piece. Then, we had crazy rain. It caused lots of floods everywhere and more than 230 people were killed because of floods and land slides, and still around 10 people are missing. Now, we are crazy heats every day. The temperature is around 40 degree Celsius ( 104 degree  Fahrenheit), and many people are having heat attack every day.  Summer in Japan is very humid (It’s always around 70% of humidity). So, you can guess how much we are miserable. We are very worried about produces.

Even so, you know life is going on and we have to pass through and move on, right?

I finally started painting again. Before the earthquake hit us, I was painting three portraits. I finally can show one of them. Actually, the funny kid’s face encouraged me to keep painting. I hope you like it.

Portrait painting, Portrait painting on porcelain, kid's portrait,


I am practicing portraits, and you will see more portrait pieces from now on.

Have a lovely weekend and see you around here again soon!



JPAC Convention

Posted in International Convention, Uncategorized with tags on June 4, 2018 by yumi

Hello there! How have you been so far? It’s been a while since I posted my last entry.

This blog entry is written both in Japanese and English. However, I don’t translate Japanese into English, visa versa.  I write whatever I want in the languages.


金澤 由美子

I went to the JPAC convention with two of my friends after I returned from the States. It was in Kyoto a couple of weeks ago. The JPAC is one of the Japanese porcelain painting groups name. I don’t belong to the group.

I saw amazing art pieces and met lots of my Japanese painting friends there. All pieces gave me influence and motivated me a lot.

Since I got some chances to take some photos ( I was not allowed to take each pieces’ photos.), I would love to show them.


The art show was there. The building was built 400 years ago. I think it’s really cool to have an art show in such an old building!



Inside of the building. It is a very Japanese style.



Presentation room. When I got there, a master painter of Herend  was giving a demonstration there.


I saw the member’s pieces at the entrance of the art show.  ( I am not a member of JPAC.)



Another demonstration



This building has a beautiful Japanese garden inside. It was very cool to see beautiful art and garden at the same time.



One of my JPAC member friends, Rumi-san and her friend. Thank you so much for the wonderful chatting time with me, Rumi-san!



Me and two of my friends, We had a really fun time together.

Thank you for visiting my blog as well. I will update my blog in two weeks. My next blog post will be about my U.S. trip and portrait painting. See you again soon!

I hope you started a fabulous week!