Inside & Out
The Room Where We Are
by Rebecca Otowa
This is a painting of our living room (ima, which translated is "The Room Where We Are") as seen from above with four seasons and cardinal points moving clockwise (north, winter, is to the left). Our house is 350 years old and continuously inhabited by my husband's family. Watercolor, 45 x 45 cm
Rebecca Otowa is from the USA and Australia. She has a degree in Japanese Language and Literature from Queensland University and an MA (Japanese Buddhism) from Otani University. She’s lived in Shiga since1986 when she moved into her husband’s 350-year-old ancestral home where she writes, draws, teaches English, works in her garden, and participates in village life. In addition to two exhibitions of her art, she has written three self-illustrated books, At Home in Japan (essays, Tuttle 2010), My Awesome Japan Adventure (children’s book, Tuttle 2013) and The Mad Kyoto Shoe Swapper (short stories, Tuttle 2019).
Olivia Hertrick is an American artist and illustrator. She creates artwork sporadically for publications in and around Tokyo. She is working towards earning her M.F.A. in Illustration with an emphasis on illustrating for children’s books. She lives in the suburbs of Tokyo with her husband and two young children.
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