‼️ My super popular red Daruma pins have nearly sold out! It’s going to take close to three weeks to restock them, so if you were hoping to get your hands on one for the holidays, please get your orders in soon! There are only 8 left in red and will be sure to go quickly. I also have a few in pink, and limited quantities of purple (8), green (8), yellow (5) and just one monochrome white! Order online from GeriDrawsJapan.com 🎄
These aren’t for sale, but I am definitely thinking about making some proper wooden Christmas ornaments to sell next year! What kinds of Japan-related designs would you like to hang on your tree? Let me know in the comments and I’ll make a list! 🎄This is a little shamisen I made as an experiment. I want to try other wood types and more subtle grains as well.
The last closeup of my Japanese holiday card design featuring the beautiful @shirakawa_go village homes! ❄️ Celebrate the holidays with this greeting card featuring the famous Shirakawa-go traditional village in the Gifu prefecture of Japan. Shirakawa is not only one of the snowiest places in Japan, but the world as well! Many homes in this village were built in the gasshō-zukuri (合掌造り) style to prevent heavy snowfalls from damaging rooftops. Together with the village of Gokayama, Shirakawa-go is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site.
Another closeup of my New Year’s Shiba Inu card! 🎍🐕 Ring in the New Year with this greeting card featuring a Japanese Shiba Inu for 2018—the Year of the Dog! The Shiba Inu (柴犬) is a small Japanese spitz dog that was originally bred for hunting. Their fur is short and double-coated, have curled tails, and come in four different colours: red, black and tan, white, and sesame (red with black-tipped hairs). Shibas are independent, proud, and sometimes show aggression if not well-trained. They can often be seen licking their paws and legs like a cat to keep themselves clean.
Here’s a close up of the original artwork of my Snow Monkey Christmas card! These are still available to order on my website and I’ll be shipping another batch out this week! ❄️ Celebrate a cozy Christmas with this greeting card featuring the famous Japanese Snow Monkeys! Also known as the Japanese Macaque and called “Nihonzaru” (日本猿) in Japan, these fuzzy monkeys are the most northern-living primates in the world. At the Jigokudani “Hell Valley” park in Nagano prefecture, wild snow monkeys can be seen bathing daily in the hot springs—the only place in the world where this behaviour is found.
👋 I’m a little late, but it’s #MeetTheMaker week! I’m Geri Coady―the “Geri” behind Geri Draws Japan. I’ve been interested in Japanese culture for nearly 22 years, which is basically over 60% of my life (I’m older than I look). Naturally, it was an obvious choice to turn this passion for all things Japanese into a side business since my love won’t be going away any time soon! When I’m not illustrating Japanese things, thinking up new fun products, or studying the language, I work as a freelance illustrator for a variety of clients. I’ve also written two books on color accessibility and I sometimes speak at web conferences on the same topic. In college I studied traditional offset printing as well as graphic design, and worked as an art director at a Canadian advertising agency before quitting to start my own freelance career. Now, I live in the UK with my husband @colly and cat, Bearface―the only cat in the neighbourhood to appear on Japanese TV. I’m obsessed with good coffee, The Cure is my favourite band, and The X Files is the best show ever. Hi! 👋
【GeriDrawsJapan.comの送料無料キャンペーン！】 I’m a huge believer in supporting the small businesses that get overshadowed by big-company Black Friday sales. Why not support your favourite independent makers this weekend instead? .
As my way of saying thanks to my customers, I’m offering FREE standard WORLDWIDE shipping on all orders £15 and over from Friday until Sunday with the coupon code FREESHIP! Hopefully you’ll find the perfect stocking stuffer for the Japan-lover in your life!
. 24日から26日まで15ポンド以上のご注文で送料が無料になります！ ディスカウントコードは：FREESHIP
発売中！オリジナルクリスマスとお正月カードを作りました！今日からGeriDrawsJapan.comで買えます！ 🎄🇯🇵 New release! I illustrated these Japanese-inspired holiday greeting cards and they’re available to order from my shop, GeriDrawsJapan.com from today (shipping early next week)! Swipe through to see all three designs—cuddly Christmas snow monkeys, the snowy village of Shirakawa-go, and a Shiba Inu for 2018, the year of the dog. They’re the perfect way to complete any gift for the Japan-lover in your life! If you’re coming to the Hyper Japan Christmas Market this weekend, you can pick some up there, too!
Over the weekend I attended Doki Doki Festival in Manchester and I finally had the chance to see Hibiki Ichikawa, the only tsugaru shamisen player living and teaching in Europe! I've always wanted to try playing the shamisen but it's not really an easily accessible instrument in the west. I wish I could try taking lessons but unfortunately Ichikawa-san is 2 hours away by train! Maybe someday. Anyway, I wasn't too happy with the shamisen I created during my 100 day project last year, so today I did a little update!
Shamisen (三味線) means “three strings” in Japanese and is the name of a traditional Japanese musical instrument played with a plectrum called a “bachi.” There are different styles and shapes of shamisen for different uses; some are for kabuki, and others for bunraku puppet plays and folk songs. The neck of a shamisen is fretless and much slimmer than a banjo or guitar.
Thanks to everyone who came to see me at the Doki Doki Festival in Manchester yesterday! Can’t wait to come back next year. My next event is @hyperjapanofficial in London from November 24-26! Will you be there? Be sure to drop by and pick up some Christmas stocking stuffers! 🎄
Happy Halloween from Calcifer and Turnip Head! 🎃 NOTE: I’m away this week, so any orders placed on or after October 29 will be shipped after November 8. Thanks so much for your patience and have an amazing Halloween! ✨
✨ New Giveaway! Are you ready for some kawaii pins? Join this Japanese-themed loop and add some cuteness to your collection! The winner will receive ALL 10 pins! 🍜 .
All you have to do to enter is:
1. Tag a friend in the comments on one post in the loop.
2. Follow every account — you can either follow all the tags in the photo, or follow this link for the next pin maker in the loop: @candyxcorpse
3. Like this picture
Once you have followed every account, you've completed the loop!
FOR EXTRA ENTRIES:
Repost this photo with the hashtag #JapanesethemedPinloop
The giveaway is running from now until the 29th of October, and is open for international entries. The winner takes all ten pins! Good luck!
Accounts have to be public. Giweaway accounts will be disqualified.*