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 #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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Lockdown Cartoon #34: Contrast
Cartoon about artist and children's author Noriko Matsubara's family life with her children during the lockdown UK

Lockdown Cartoon #34: Contrast

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Well we made it. Today was the last day of school before Christmas holiday. Naomi was sad because she wanted to go to school forever. Ichi was sad because he…

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Lockdown Cartoon #33: Morning Larks & Night Owls
Cartoon about artist and children's author Noriko Matsubara's family life with her children during the lockdown UK

Lockdown Cartoon #33: Morning Larks & Night Owls

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Having the same parents, growing up in the same household, why can children be so different? Ichi is a night owl, and Naomi is a morning lark. Getting Ichi out of…

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Lockdown Cartoon #32: Run
Cartoon about artist and children's author Noriko Matsubara's family life with her children during the lockdown UK

Lockdown Cartoon #32: Run

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We are in lockdown 2. But life keeps moving and we keep running! Here is this week’s cartoon.                           …

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