Biscuits from Orkney / オークニーからのビスケット


ストッカン社があるのはスコットランドの北東に位置するオークニー諸島。そこで製造したビスケットがイギリス全土、世界へ送られています。いろんな国の文化、どんなところで、どんな人たちが、どんな暮らしをしているのか、すごく興味があって、最初にこのビスケットからオークニー諸島のことを知った時、どんなところなんだろう?と思って少し調べていたのです。イギリスにも離島があって、そこにも歴史があって、その土地に伝わる文化があって、人々が毎日生活を営んでいる。そこに住んでいる人が、たまたまわたしの絵を見て、遠く日本から来てロンドンに住んでいるわたしあてにビスケットを送ってくださって、、なんだかとても感慨深い気持ちになりました。偶然とはいえ、不思議なご縁を感じました。お互いに、一生、少しも触れ合うこともなかったかもしれない、絶対に知る由もなかったかもしれない、のに。最初にストッカン社から「缶を送りたいのですが」とメールをいただいて、数日後に届いた缶には一緒に「As promised.」約束の通りに(送るわね)、と小さなメモが添えてありました。なんだか、古い友達から手紙をもらったような気持ちになりました。もしかしたら、人生に起こるすべてのことは最初から約束どおりに決まっていて、わたしたちは、その約束をなぞっていっているだけなのかもしれないなあと、ふと思いました。

Stockan’s oat cakes, I wrote about the other day, the oat biscuit company Stockan’s saw my illustration by chance and kindly sent me a pretty tin to keep the biscuits (with biscuits inside of course)! This tin which can be found in supermarkets as well has some beautiful photos on it like puffin, a bird represents Orkney islands, some kinds of cheese and tomatos go well with the biscuits. Also some toppings written in beautiful classical hand writing style font like cheddar cheese, smoked salmon which are good when served on the biscuits are on it as decoration.
The Stockan’s is located on an island in Orkney, north west off shore from Scotland. Their traditional biscuits are sent to all over the UK and the world from there. I am so interested to know foreign culture and local people’s life so I did some research when I knew about Orkney through this biscuits first time. It was interesting to know islands like Orkney and their culture and their life there even if it’s limited information from internet. Those islands remind me of my home town as Japan consists of lots of small island and each island has own unique custom too. That made me want to visit there one day. I felt this is something like a fate when I thought I wouldn’t know about Orkney if I didn’t find these biscuits first, but now I knew about it and I even received a tin from people who live there.  All our lives might be already set as promise and we might be tracing it unconsciously.
Thank you very much, Moira! 🙂

Daily tools/生活道具



I couldn’t help drawing those brooms when I found these because they were so pretty!
Daily life, that is the most precious thing for me. I also admire tools in our daily lives.
I am interested in the way people live in foreign countries. I want to travel around the world and meet the local people and feel the culture, then I want to draw their lives, daily tools, food, and more.. one day! 🙂

Tea time/お茶の時間



Britain is the country of “tea”. There are so many kinds of tea here in the uk. Not only black tea, but also herb tea. I always have some stock in my kitchen and choose the one I feel like to have. It’s just a little moment of a day but it makes me relax and gives me a hint of elegance.