10 year · Art

Project: 10 Year #100

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Project: 10 Year

2016

#100/100


It finally came to the end. It’s been a long journey. It took me almost exactly one year. This project was harder than I expected. Not only because of the amount of work I had but dealing with my emotions. Like any other relationship, we have ups and downs. When things are icy between us, it was hard to work. I pushed myself to do it. While I was concentrating and thinking about the moment we took the pictures, I forgot why I was so upset. And I was able to look past my stupidity. It was therapeutic.

This project taught me about our relationship a lot. Where we started and where we are heading. We grew older during this time. One year doesn’t seem long. But each year, we were different and it piled up as a decade.
It’s still amazing to me that we met as strangers and became the most important people to each other. We have way more time left together than what we’ve already experienced. I’m very excited and grateful for our future.

I hope you enjoyed my project. If you had any chance to reflect on your own life and relationships, that’d be my honor. I’ll keep creating and try to share with you.

Thank you.

You can see the project from the beginning here: Here!

Artist statement for the project is on my website.

10 year · Art

Project: 10 Year #99

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Project: 10 Year

2016

#99/100


I don’t remember when I started doing this.  Everytime he gets up from the couch I have to hit or kick his butt.  Sometimes he takes revenge and it becomes a tickle fight.  From time to time I think that our play is childish.  But what is grownup play? I think there is no such thing.  Being an adult is having more responsibility with the same fun kids have.

Have fun people!

10 year · Art

Project: 10 Year #98

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Project: 10 Year

2016

#98/100


When my husband shows me something that’s interesting but a bit scary, I try to watch through my hands.  I use this method for scary movies too.  I like scary movies but I get scared too easily.  So I usually get ready to cover my eyes when I sense the ghost appear.  Sometimes I fail to judge properly and see the ghost directly.  Then he’s the one who has to suffer from my scream.

Do you have a tactic for scary movies?

10 year · Art

Project: 10 Year #97

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Project: 10 Year

2016

#97/100


He often comes over to the kitchen when I’m cooking. I let him try the food so I can adjust the taste. When I started cooking for us, my food was too bland for him. I like food a bit bland and he likes it slightly salty. I didn’t like the fact that he couldn’t enjoy my food as much as he should. I started making things more towards his taste. Now I can nail it most of the time. I think my taste has also changed little.

10 year · Art

Project: 10 Year #96

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Project: 10 Year

2016

#96/100


I’m not upset in the drawing. That is my morning face. My husband usually wakes up earlier than me. When I finally get up, I go downstairs sitting next to him with this face. He tries to wake me up a little but I usually fall back to sleep on the couch.

This is our weekend morning ritual.

10 year · Art

Project: 10 Year #95

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Project: 10 Year

2016

#95/100


When we were living in our small temporary house, I used to be woken up by the delicious smell of his Carbonara.  He modified the recipe few times to adjust to our taste. Now I don’t order the dish at restaurants anymore.  For me, his Carbonara is the best.
He likes to cook Italian food.  He started to cook more dishes.  The last time on my birthday, he cooked a full Italian course meal for me.  It was the best birthday meal ever.

10 year · Art

Project: 10 Year #94

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Project: 10 Year

2016

#94/100


During weekends we usually hang around on our couch.  Even though we don’t do something together, we like to be next to each other.  When we were buying the couch, we discussed the size for a while.  Smaller and cheaper one versus bigger and a bit more expensive one.  We went for a big one and it was definitely a good choice.

10 year · Art

Project: 10 Year #93

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Project: 10 Year

2016

#93/100


I’m a big fan of cooking.  And I try to cook breakfast for my husband most days.  Sometimes though, especially on the weekends, I just want to curl up on the couch.  Then, it’s time for delivery food.

We don’t have many choices.  We rotate the menu between pizza, curry, fried chicken, and Mc Donalds. We try to eat healthy food, but it’s fun to order food from time to time.

10 year · Art

Project: 10 Year #89 and 90

 

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Project: 10 Year

2015

#89 and 90/100


We like to stay in the house and hang out with each other.  But one thing we like to do outside is hiking.  We bought a book of hiking courses that can be reached by train.

We usually take the first train and hike for about 3 hours and come back around noon.  I often cook Korean spicy fried chicken at night.  Since we spend a lot of calories, we can have this fatty food with a bit less guilt.

I love hiking. Even though I have a fear of bugs, I like to listen to the sound of nature in the mountains.  In the early morning, we can enjoy our surroundings without hearing other people’s voices.  We took a break from hiking this summer.  I can feel the temperature starting to drop.  We should pack our bags and go hiking soon.

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Project: 10 Year #86, 87, and 88

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Project: 10 Year

2015

#86, 87, and 88/100


We found a new house fairly quickly.   I loved the house almost immediately.  The real estate agent was a Korean, it was a nice surprise for me, and he helped us a lot through the process.

After we moved in, we went to the U.S. to bring our stuff from the storage facility.  It took about two months to get everything in Japan.  So we didn’t have much in the house for a while.

I loved seeing the light come into the empty house.  It felt like the light was filling the house so I wasn’t feeling lonely while my husband was at work.

10 year · Art

Project: 10 Year #85

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Project: 10 Year

2015

#85/100


It was a very special day.   We went to a local city hall in Japan and registered our marriage.  When we were waiting for the document to go through, we saw a sign behind us saying: illegal marriage is a crime.

It was a snowy day which is not common in Tokyo.  I was excited about my first snow as his wife and him as my husband.  We’ve been girlfriend and boyfriend for over seven years.  We still consider the first day we met as the most important anniversary of ours.

When we were going back home, the snow started to change to rain.  We were waiting for the bus to go home.  On the way back, we bought a small cake to celebrate our special day.

I like our expressions, like nothing is going on.  But we were very happy that we were together.

 

 

10 year · Art

Project: 10 Year #84

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Project: 10 Year

2015

#84/100


Back in Japan, we started house hunting and other stuff for settling down in Japan.  My husband still hadn’t started working yet, so we decided to enjoy our free time until we couldn’t any longer.

We visited the nearby park again and this time we rented bicycles.  We rode them pretty freely since almost no one was in the park.  The winter wind made my face so cold and stiff.  I haven’t ridden a bicycle for a long time.  I was very excited.

We enjoyed our quiet yet exciting time until we heard the closing announcement.

The next day, we had snow.  It was perfect timing for a snuggle after our bicycle venture.