Lockdown Cartoon #43: Time Difference
Cartoon about artist and children's author Noriko Matsubara's family life with her children during the lockdown UK

Lockdown Cartoon #43: Time Difference

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The Coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we work.The pandemic forced me to run my art workshop online, which was outside my comfort zone. But once I've done it, I…

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Lockdown Cartoon #42: Gift
Cartoon about artist and children's author Noriko Matsubara's family life with her children during the lockdown UK

Lockdown Cartoon #42: Gift

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"Everyday is a gift. "I've heard this phrase somewhere.The other day I really felt that. On our way home from school, an elderly lady stopped us."I've been knitting these for the…

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Lockdown Cartoon #41: YouTuber?
Cartoon about artist and children's author Noriko Matsubara's family life with her children during the lockdown UK

Lockdown Cartoon #41: YouTuber?

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I took advantage of having my children home during lockdown and had them help me create Japanese teaching videos.I wrote a script. Ichi and Naomi just needed to say some…

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Lockdown Cartoon #40: Hungry
Cartoon about artist and children's author Noriko Matsubara's family life with her children during the lockdown UK

Lockdown Cartoon #40: Hungry

Naomi can be quite unreasonable sometimes. When she gets angry with the whole world, that usually means she is hungry. My husband says this is a hereditary trait from me.…

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Lockdown Cartoon #39: Ninja Mum
Cartoon about artist and children's author Noriko Matsubara's family life with her children during the lockdown UK

Lockdown Cartoon #39: Ninja Mum

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I like wearing turtle necks. They keep my neck warm. But they have another function... Here is this week's cartoon.                       …

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Lockdown Cartoon #38: School Reopening
Cartoon about artist and children's author Noriko Matsubara's family life with her children during the lockdown UK

Lockdown Cartoon #38: School Reopening

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On the first day of school after a nearly 3 month closure. We left home with plenty of time.Naomi is excited. Fresh air. Flowers. Birds. Dogs. Every little thing makes…

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Lockdown Cartoon #37: Guilt
Cartoon about artist and children's author Noriko Matsubara's family life with her children during the lockdown UK

Lockdown Cartoon #37: Guilt

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I think lots of parents are juggling work and childcare at the moment. I feel guilty that I'm often working while my children are spending too much screen time at…

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Lockdown Cartoon #36: Taller
Cartoon about artist and children's author Noriko Matsubara's family life with her children during the lockdown UK

Lockdown Cartoon #36: Taller

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The other day I noticed Naomi was able to turn the light switch on by herself. But until recently, she couldn't reach the switch and always asked me to turn…

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Lockdown Cartoon #35: iPad
Cartoon about artist and children's author Noriko Matsubara's family life with her children during the lockdown UK

Lockdown Cartoon #35: iPad

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I have had an exciting commission to illustrate a children's story recently. The only downside was the timeframe. It was very tight. I usually use colour pencils to illustrate my picture…

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Season’s Greetings from NorikoArt
Chigiri-e Snowman by Noriko Matsubara

Season’s Greetings from NorikoArt

This year reminded me of appreciating one thing - everyday life.During this unusual holiday week and beyond, I want to be grateful that we are still here. In 2011 when earthquake and…

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