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January 1, 2011

365 Day Hebrew Art Project, Day 1 | 365日ヘブライ語アート・プロジェクト 1日目

Happy Gregorian New Year 2011!

I hope you are welcoming this new year healthy and happy.

I’ve decided to take on a daily art project for the year of 2011. I’m calling it the “365 Day Hebrew Art Project”, and will be creating a drawing a day for 1 year with one simple rule:
it must always include a Hebrew word or phrase.
It can be a new word I learned that day, or a word that best describes the day, etc. The beauty of these projects is that they will take on a life of its own as it goes! I will be drawing on index cards I initially bought for my Hebrew studies but hardly ended up using. I will still be using them for Hebrew studies… in a way!

Update: the project can be found on the project blog here.

As challenging as it can be on some days, I love being committed to a daily creative project. It’s a great way to challenge myself creatively every day, and a unique way to record and preserve this incredible life I get to live. From the most exciting, eventful days to the most mundane, projects like this remind me that there is always something noteworthy or interesting if I allow myself to see it.

It’s difficult for me to make new years resolutions when I still feel lost and far from being independent here in Israel, when the easiest of tasks can still feel like a challenge on most days.

But a project like this “365 Day Hebrew Word Art Project”, I can do.








Here are 2 projects I did in the past:

Back in 2007 I did a “Draw-a-Day Project”, inspired by artist Ms. Lisa Congdon‘s “Post-It a Day Project” (which is no longer online now).
2007年には「Draw-a-Day Project」と名付けたいわゆる絵日記を一年間やってみました。アメリカ人アーティストのLisa Congdonさんの「Post-It a Day Project」(一年間毎日ポスト・イット一枚に絵を描くプロジェクト。残念ながらウェブ上でみれなくなってしまいました)にインスパイアされて挑戦したプロジェクトです。

In 2008 I did a “Self Portrait a Day Project”. Although it was hard to continue staying creative, and towards the end it became more a record of my facial expressions with more or less the same backdrop and framing, it still proved to be an interesting practice. Many days I can recall how I was feeling at the time just by looking at the photo. This year also turned out to be the year that I met Yuval, so I ended up documenting that monumental event through this project as well.

Yuval and I had the fortune of being invited to a Oomisoka (the day before New Years Day in Japanese) dinner gathering yesterday of 3 Japanese women, their husbands (except one who couldn’t make it), and their beautiful children. It was held in the beautiful home of the couple that opened up a Japanese style ryokan (WARNING: loud link) here in Israel a few years ago.

All three women have lived here in Israel for over 10 years, speak Hebrew fluently, and have converted to Judaism. It was very inspiring and encouraging to hear of their journeys in deciding to marry Israelis back in a time when such cases were far from common. It was also nice just to be talking to a few Japanese women, in the way that we do. I’ve missed that. The homemade Japanese food was also just heavenly. With Oshogatsu (New Year Holiday in Japanese) being the most major holiday of the year in Japan, and a holiday I associate spending with my family, I was taken over by the homesick blues for the last week or so. But the Japanese dinner and the women totally blew those blues (pun unintended!) away!

It felt very strange to wake up this morning as if it was any other morning. In Japan, even the air felt different on New Years Day. It was extra quiet, and even within the comfortable walls of my parents’ apartment, it felt a bit tense with the mixture of nervousness and anticipation in welcoming the new year. Then that tension was slowly broken by the celebratory sake we drank with all our meals!

With hope that 2011 will be a delightful, fruitful year for all of you,



昼間からちょびちょびいただくお酒でその緊張感は和らぐのですけれどね 笑


Much love,

4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 3, 2011 3:01 pm

    Happy New Year Shimmery!
    Despite how far away you are from your native land and with those homesick blues, you’re doing a good job of inspiring me, as always!! Even at home, I seem to get homesick 🙂
    Good luck with everything m(..)m

    • January 3, 2011 3:37 pm

      Happy New Year to you too PA!
      Always happy to inspire 🙂
      For me, the source of homesickness seems to continue changing over the years.
      I guess it’s always an ongoing question, what and where is home??

      Best of luck to you in the new year too!

  2. sammi permalink
    January 4, 2011 1:39 am

    Happy New Year! I am looking forward to the art project being displayed here! I think you might just have to publish this blog as a book one day!

    • January 4, 2011 11:08 am

      Happy New Year Sammi!

      And thank you for the encouragement 🙂

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