Sunday, December 30, 2012

maneki neko, oosouji, good-bye 2012

We started our oosouji (a big house clean-up day, a new year tradition in Japan) today. I love throwing/giving away things I don't need in general but still we have too many things in our house... This Gotokuji manekineko is something I could never get rid of until when my life is over. My husband and I love her and she has been traveling with us since 2005 as we moved to new countries and cities! 

Have a happy new year for you all. 


Friday, December 28, 2012

Work in progress: "After Hours" zine

After Hours #2
I'm so happy to finally start working again on two of my new zines: "After Hours" and new "Cats I Know." Here are some sneak peeks for "After Hours" zine. All the images for this zine will be "non-cat" works... I'm thinking of joining at least one zine fest in the US or elsewhere in 2013 since recently realized that I've never even join one zine fest nor art book fair physically (only my zines traveled!) Would be fun for sure.    
After Hours

Winter Cat / A day of doing nothing

Winter Cat
Sometimes it's so nice to spend a day doing nothing - especially in a snowy day. Looking at photos of beautiful cakes and reading recipes from Miette book in bed, chasing one of our white cat, Sula to take photos of her in snow (kind of failed...) and reading some Japanese books (again) in bed. Today, I was as lazy as one of the cat illustration I made for 2013 Cats I Know Wall Calendar.     


Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Holidays + New Look!

Only 8 more days left until 2013! First of all, thanks to everyone who bought my zines, pin buttons, prints, and calendar at my Etsy shop and in person. I also want to thank everyone who commissioned works and invited me to join exhibitions, book fairs and zine fests. I owe all of you a big thanks. I'm so grateful that my works, especially my zines, traveled to so many different cities in the US, Europe and Japan! I hope this coming new year, I too will be traveling more outside of the US.

And, yes, Cats I Know blog has a new look! I'm planning to post more journal-like photos and doodles here in 2013 since I'd like to share something more personal. Plus, I've been working on my portfolio site under a new domain name, so all of my works will be moved to the new site within a week.

Have a wonderful holiday!


+ 2013 Cats I Know wall calendar was featured on 4 cat blogs: 
Thanks so much for these lovely cat bloggers

+ the photo above: cat paw prints on snow by our white cat #2 sula.

+ the song I was listening today. very fun:

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Cats I Know Postcards

Cats I Know postcards are now available on our Etsy shop as a set of 6 or as single cards!     

Saturday, December 8, 2012

New cat illustration: "warming up"

This "warming up" illustration will be available as postcards at my Etsy shop on this coming Sunday*. Stay tuned!

*hmm... we couldn't take good photos of the postcards with the natural light due to the dark-cloudy-rainy weather. They will be on sale at my Etsy shop by Tuesday, Dec 11th. 

Friday, December 7, 2012

FAQ - Re: 2013 Cats I Know Wall Calendar (in Japanese only)

*This blog post is written in Japanese only since they are the answers to FAQ from Japanese customers for 2013 Cats I Know Wall Calendar.

2013 Cats I Know Wall Calendarの購入方法について、何人かの日本在住の方々から質問をメールとFacebookを通して頂きました。もしかして他にも気になっている方がいるのではと思い、ここで改めて質問に答えさせて頂きます。



Q:ペイパルを使わずに購入する方法はありますか(e.g. 日本国内の銀行振込など)


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Featured on Urban Outfitters Blog

2013 CATS I KNOW Wall Calendar was featured on Urban Outfitters Blog! Yay! Thanks to Ally who wrote the post

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Grafixx Zine Fest in Antwerp (ends tomorrow!)

My zines are available at Grafixx Zine Fest in Antwerp this weekend!
Open to public from 10-6pm on Sunday, December 2nd (tomorrow!) 
Click the image above to read more info. 

Monday, November 26, 2012

10% Off Sale Ends Today at 9PM (EST)

10% off sale for 2013 CATS I KNOW Wall Calendar ends today at 9PM (EST.)
Get yours at my Etsy or Bigcartel shop!

Friday, November 23, 2012

November 23rd - Black Friday Sale at CATS I KNOW Etsy Shop

Sale, Sale, Sale! It's Black Friday here in the United States tomorrow on November 23rd. This year, I'm following the American holiday season tradition at my Etsy shop. All the items including 2013 CATS I KNOW Wall Calendar (20% OFF!) will be marked down from 10:00 AM until 10:00 PM (EST.) 1 day/12 hours only special sale - of course, the world-wide! It's time to get holiday gifts for your cat loving friends, no? Love, km           

日本時間だともう今日ですが、明日11月23日(金)に私のEtsyショップにて『Black Friday Sale』を行います。ブラックフライデーというのは、毎年サンクスギビングデーの翌日にアメリカ中のあらゆるお店で行われる年に一度の大きなセールの日です。朝の5時とかからお店がオープンして商品全部半額とか、結構大胆なイベントです。ホリデーシーズンの始まりの日という感じ。アメリカの人々のホリデーギフトにかける気合いはすごいです。在米6年目ですが、未だに感心してしまいます。私のお店ではこちらの時間で朝10時から夜10時までなので、日本時間だと、24日の0時から12時までになります。変な時間ですみません、、、。EST夜10時と言っても、恐らくぴったりに終わる事はないと思うので、お暇な時にのぞいてくださいね!

2013 CATS I KNOW Wall Calendar Is On Sale

2013 CATS I KNOW Wall Calendar is on sale! Click the image above to see all 12 months/12 original cat illustrations. The calendar is available at CATS I KNOW holiday shop and my Etsy shop. 10% off from the regular price if you place your order by November 26th, 2012. They are the perfect holiday gift for your cat loving friends!

Animal Masks for Mery in Wonderland

I finally got photos of the animal masks I made for the music video "Mery in Wonderland." See more images here on my Flickr.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

sneak peek of new Cats I Know zine

Coffee Cat drawing for new Cats I Know zine.
More cats are coming.

Monday, October 15, 2012

FANZINES! Festival 2012

I contributed two of my zines - Cats I Know and Question Marks - to Fanzines! Festival 2012 which will take place at the Marguerite Duras Public Library in Paris. Reception on October 19th, a lot of events & exhibitions will be happening during the festival, and more than 400 zines from all over the world will be exhibited. Wish I could visit the festival!

Fanzines! Festival
When: October 19 - November 4, 2012
Where: Médiathèque Marguerite Duras, 115 rue de Bagnolet, Paris 20e

More info (in French):  

Sunday, October 14, 2012

SUNDAY BOOKS (12noon-8pm today!)

Are you in Tokyo today? If so, visit SUNDAY ISSUE in Shibuya where "SUNDAY BOOKS" - the fun event for zine + self published book lovers - is happening. My Cats I Know, Question Marks zine and cat pin buttons will be available at Kotoriten mini book shop there. SUNDAY ISSUE is located at a very convenient place: it's less than a minute walk from exit #13 of Shibuya Station (Tokyo Metro.)
*Click here to see the detailed map and their address    

Monday, October 8, 2012

Work in progress: new Cats I Know zine

I've started working on my new Cats I Know zine and another one. Some of the original drawings in the photo below will be included in the new zine. I'll keep you updated about this here and on my Tumblr.  xxx

(more cat drawings are coming...)

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Thunderbird Mask

I made a mask for an American poet Dorothea Lasky to wear as a costume during her reading tour for her new poetry book Thunderbird. This was such a fun and fresh project for me to create something outside of what I usually do - sewing! Inspired by both the Onnellinen fabric from Marimekko and Dorothea Lasky who is like a beautiful wild bird. xoxo  

More photos of Thunderbird Mask:

You can read two poems from Thunderbird at Vice magazine website. I LOVE "I Like Weird Ass Hippies" so much:

You can purchase Thunderbird from Wave Books website:

Friday, October 5, 2012

Photos from Kotoriten at Tokyo Art Book Fair

My American robins look very happy on their bird house shaped booth (the best!) 
See more photos from Kotoriten at Tokyo Art Book Fair:

Friday, September 21, 2012

Tokyo Art Book Fair 2012

Two of my zines - Cats I Know and Question Marks, cat pin buttons and American Robin paper garland will be available at Ko To Ri Ten booth at Tokyo Art Book Fair 2012.

Reception on Sep 21 (Today at Tokyo time) and the event will be open to public thru Sep 23.

More info:

Friday, June 15, 2012

summer vacation + new zines in progress

#1 Summer is here and I'm leaving for my second road trip across the United States very soon. I'm excited for the whole trip, and especially to spend time in California!

#2 I've been working on two of my new zines which will be self published in this fall and winter. Fun! More details coming soon in August.

#3 My Etsy shop will be closed until August 20th. "Cat Dream/Cats I Know 1" and "Question Marks" zines are still available at Little Paper Planes.

*You can contact me at info[at]

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

radio pics and etc.

I had so much fun being on the radio show with the host James and Mika.
Here is my playlist on the show:
Thanks to James Peake and WOBC!

top: the show's host, James W. Peake and me.
left: just a small corner of their vinyl collection. 
right: wobc studio and a host from an another show.  

Monday, May 7, 2012

WOBC radio - tomorrow at 11am

I will be on WOBC (Oberlin College Community Radio) with Mika Johnson and the host, James W. Peake, tomorrow morning at 11AM-Noon (EST.) Can't wait to play my favorite music like Kumisolo and etc... Fun!

You can listen the show online here  

Sunday, May 6, 2012


KO TO RI TEN exhibit just started at NOW IDeA in Tokyo on super moon day (also my dear cat Pon Pon's 7th birthday.) The show will go on until 12th. Stop by if you will be around Aoyama area!  




Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Mery in Wonderland - music video for Pretty Mery K

This is my first music video piece "Mery in Wonderland."  
Very happy to finish this project and only thing I want to say about this is...
I would love to make more music videos!! 

Pretty Mery K is an indie rock band based in Germany.
They have released their debut album "Oh" in February 2012. 
You can listen some of their songs here:

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

They like to sing

These robins are a part of my new work for KO TO RI TEN exhibit in Tokyo.
Come see (more of) them at NOW IDeA during the show (May 5-12)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Zine Fest Antwerp at De Studio - April 29

Do you live in Antwerp or will you be there on next Sunday, April 29th?
If so, stop by De Studio and join Zine Fest Antwerp for discovering fun & nice things.
I won't be there but my zines will be - Question Marks and Cats I Know 1
(Thanks Mayken!)

(quoted from their facebook page)
Join us for a unique afternoon fair of all things printed by a fine selection of (inter)national artists and underground press, curated by Huis Haas. Expect a variety of selfpublished and alternative books, (maga)zines, silkscreened or handmade goodies and much more.

Date: Sunday, April 29
Time: 14h - 18h
Place: De Studio/Villanella, Maarschalk Gérardstraat 4, Antwerp, Belgium (map)

Monday, April 16, 2012

KO TO RI TEN exhibition, May 5-12

I'm currently working on new works for KO TO RI TEN exhibit which will take place at NOW IDeA in Tokyo. I feel so happy to be a part of this group show with numerous wonderful artists from all over the world including my favorite Parisienne-Japanese musician Kumisolo! And my "Question Marks" zine will be available during the exhibit.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Blue Teratorn

As a big fan of Dorothea Lasky's poetry, I was very happy to create these illustrations for her new ebook. This is our first collaboration together but I'm hoping we work on more projects in the near future! The Blue Teratorn is available from YesYes Books websiteLove.     

Urban Outfitters

I was featured on Urban Outfitters blog along with the short documentary "I Am a Cat."
Thank you UO, I was actually wearing your black skinny jeans and earrings in the video ;-)    

cat pin buttons

/// Cat buttons are back at my Etsy shop ///
Yes, they're back! Click here to purchase the button set.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Music video in progress!

I am co-directing, writing, and doing art direction for a music video for Pretty Mery Ka band based in Germany. The first day we got beautiful footage so looking forward to the upcoming shoots. More details coming soon, probably in April♥ Loving and having so much fun with this project! 

Restocking zines

Just restocked Cats I Know zine 1 to Desert Island but just found out Question Marks is out of stock at Printed Matter at the moment. (Thanks for those who bought my zines!)  *Restocked! 9-1-2012

*Question Marks is still available at Little Paper Planes and my Etsy shop

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