Feeling Inspired to Write Again

Ok, I think I got an idea going! I decided I’ll have Ronin Yoshino: Gaiden (side story) chapter taking place at a Matsuri (festival). However, like everything else in my manga (comic book) series, I like to do my own spin! I was inspired by the Obon Matsuri (youtube.com/watch?v=I90wkctyui8), re-reading some of my favorite books on Japanese folklore and watching some anime ^_^

Here’s the sketch I just finished inking in! I messed up on the lanterns a bit, I’ll have to fix that… This might be the cover art for my new manga chapter special. No title yet. Story synopsis coming soon.

Ronin Yoshino manga

Ronin Yoshino and the Bakemono


Yoshino (foreground) and a new character (background); a kitsune (fox spirit) with a neko-mata (two-tailed cat spirit) and chōchin-obake (paper lantern ghost) at a matsuri.

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I’m in the Country Now


We finally made our move to the beautiful countryside of upstate New York! Check out my moms post (and her great photography):

Originally posted on Art-Z Jewelry:

The country side surrounding me

The country side surrounding me

I haven’t written a post for while.  It’s been a little rough concentrating on anything.  We’ve finally moved to our “new” home in the country after many months of setbacks.  Many of my things are still unpacked, my computer was damaged, we had no internet service and so on and so on.

View from the front of my house showing the road I walk everday

View from the front of my house showing the road I walk everday

One the positive side however, the neighborhood is awesome.  We’re high up in the country in a very rural area with beautiful views and town is only about 15 minutes away.

In the town

In the town

I do need to get back to creating jewelry or something but I’ve been so busy with the house and the land it’s on – I’m exhausted!  Soon the colder weather will arrive (hope not too cold) and I’ll be indoors more.

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My First Moving Experience

Finally got a Internet connection (at Lowes). We just moved upstate New York in Chenango County countryside and so far I am liking our new neighborhood up here! A lot of work to be done… Making a dog run right now. Saw my first Ruby Throated Hummingbird – they’re everywhere!

We got our new English Shepherd (farm collie) puppy yesterday! His name is Kage (pronounced “ka-gey”, means “shadow” in Japanese. It’s short for Kagekiri, a character from my Ronin Yoshino manga series).

Hopefully we’ll have the Internet installed soon… More to come!


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There and Back Again, I Want to Return

Went upstate again, rented a u-haul trailer (since movers bailed out at the last minute)… Heard a pack of coyotes, some owls and the starry night was awesome! Saw a Peregrine Falcon, groundhog sitting in the middle the road by our driveway, lots of baby deers with their moms; one of which was frolicking in the meadow across our lot and I saw my first hummingbird!!!

Yuki likes car rides! Here he is waiting to be released after being in the car with us for a 7hr, 280 mile drive.

Warm, humid, stillness
Misty mountain morning fog
A bobolink sings

Our front yard viewing our neighbors 650 acre hay field and state park.

One of our neighbors, a cattle farm.

Nothing but farms, wilderness and rivers, love it!!!

Dawn this morning.

Green rolling mountains
Winding indigo rivers
Painting comes to life

The sky turned lavender and pink as a big charcoal-colored thunder cloud was rolling in, but it passed us by a hair – what a light show! I was sitting on the deck enjoying these beautiful views, warm breeze and hearing birds singing everywhere. Cows were running back and forth across the field, I think they were playing soccer :P

I was inspired and drew an illustration of Ronin Yoshino from my manga!

No sandwiched houses, no tiny yards, no power tool noise, no motorbikes revving up, no sirens. Only sounds of songbirds, leaves rustling, wind, coyotes and owls at night. Lots of space, peace, quiet, nice people and surrounded by nature, just the way I like it. The only time I don’t get anxiety is when I’m in the country.
I want to move, now… ;_;

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Ronin Yoshino – Casting Call Contest!

Ever wanted to be an anime character? Have a role in a manga? Be a samurai swordsman, priestess with spiritual powers, a powerful youkai? Now’s your chance! You can become a character in the upcoming season 2 of Ronin Yoshino – Onigashima arc!

See contest details and how to enter here: http://www.roninyoshino.com/contest.html


Season 2 Preview:
Ronin Yoshino has been on hiatus – but now she’s back and ready to fight more exciting battles! Season 2, Onigashima arc – The Ronin Yoshino ventures alone leaving her tengu retainer, Kagekiri behind. This arc is based on the tale of the famous folklore hero, Momotaro and combining the history of Japan’s historical “Exile Island”, Hachijo-jima. More action, new characters, and all new adventures!”


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