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A minor announcement

May 8th, 2014 — 11:38pm

I’m currently in the middle of redesigning my blog.

Please visit my website here:

Instagram: @emi_ueoka



Thank you!

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April 25th, 2014 — 10:53pm

I’ve always enjoyed going to the Laundromat, ever since I was a high school student. To be exact, it was a dormitory laundromat but the tradition followed me when I moved to London and returned to Tokyo.

When Chris and I moved to Melbourne, we were planning on using Chris’s previous washing machine but it didn’t fit into our apartment’s laundry space so we decided to return to using laundromats. The laundromat we use is a little further than the closest one we used to go to. However we were immediately drawn to the super cleanliness and superior quality of the machines. More than anything though, I really like receiving their star shaped brass token to operate the washing machine. When we first started going there I was a little intimidated by the stern looking older Italian lady who handed out the tokens and maintained the washing machines. In time she started opening up to me, little by little. She started saying ‘Bye bye, love!’ and once gave me the shop’s original calendar. She also asked me a question about the Japanese game that she plays on her mobile phone. There was also a very kind Indian lady who worked the afternoon shift there.

One day I was surprised to see an unfamiliar lady looking after the shop. I just thought maybe one of the ladies was off sick or on vacation. However upon my next visit, I saw the same new lady but this time working with another new lady. It made me a little anxious. Sadly it seems like the Italian lady and Indian lady have somehow stopped working there which now makes me a little sad. The funny thing is, the two new ladies are also an Italian and Indian combination just like the previous two. The new two also kind of resembles the previous two in their actions, with both Italian ladies loving to go outside the shop to smoke. I fantasise that they actually could be the same people.


This is the brass token.

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36 drawings

February 5th, 2014 — 10:05pm

A few of my drawings are currently on display at one of my favourite local places, Dench Bakers. If you’re interested and in town, please feel welcome to come and have a look, and I recommend their iced teas!



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February 3rd, 2014 — 10:04pm

Happy New Year!


I’m hoping it’s not too late to wish everyone a happy new year.


There is a horse farm close to Chris’ hometown that I used to dream of visiting every time my train would pass by there. Last Christmas Chris surprised me with a gift of a horse ride in the forest and I really really liked it! Walking in the deep Australian forest with horses was very relaxing and therapeutic (even with the loud noise of many cicadas!).


And it inspired me to make the drawing above!

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December 30th, 2013 — 12:47pm

I did a little illustration for The New York Times – Breadwinner Moms, Caregiving Dads. It was like another dream come true!



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December 14th, 2013 — 9:54pm

I did a web illustration for The New Yorker – Anorexia, the impossible subject. It was like a dream come true!



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Cherry dream

November 12th, 2013 — 8:22pm

Last Friday I saw a box full of cherries at my local grocery shop. It was my first sight of cherries for the season so I bought a bagful. The next morning I saw a cherry truck at the farmer’s market and could’t resist the temptation, so I bought a 1 kg box of cherries. Chris and I enjoyed eating them by comparing the two, eating them with mangoes (another first of the season!). I even made myself french toast this morning and ate it with maple syrup and cherries, yum. It’s been only a few days but most of the cherries have disappeared now.


The next time I see the cherry truck I’m going to make certain to buy a 2kg box so I can try baking cherry clafoutis and making syrup… In which case, I’ll need to find a cherry de-stoner too! (Busy busy…)


The first cherries of the season.

Cherries to remember.

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Spring is here!

September 8th, 2013 — 10:36pm

I’ve been quiet on my blog for the past few months because of some computer problems. Now I’m good with a new computer I hope to be back blogging, and I can also tell you a few of the things I’ve been wanting to share.


In late July I went to Tasmania with Chris. Tasmania had been a place I’d always wanted to visit since I was little (as my dad used to go to Australia for business trips and would come home with souvenirs and treats from Tasmania), so it was a long time dream come true for me. We rented a car and I drove for the first time since I got my licence two years ago. Even though my driving couldn’t take us too far from Hobart, we enjoyed passing through some idyllic farmland and found some beautiful hidden beaches. (It was really fun even though I was originally thinking I could just drive all around the island!)


After we came back from Tasmania I began an artist residency at the Lamington Drive gallery in Melbourne. I was there for four weeks, drawing everyday with three other illustrators with our work coming together for a group show at the end. I was really overwhelmed by everyones support and niceness, and thank you to everyone who came to have a look at our work!


Lastly, I have a new website! and i’ve also joined Instagram, so I hope you get to enjoy a little bit more of me from now on♡


I've been waiting for this season, this view.

I’ve been waiting for this season, this view.

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matcha madeleines

July 23rd, 2013 — 10:38pm

I went to Camberwell Market the other day but left there empty handed. My luck changed on the way back when I passed a kitchenware shop and saw a madeleine baking tray on sale. It was something I’d been wanting to get for a long time, so I picked it up. Since then baking madeleines has became the newest addition to my sweets repertoire.


Matcha madeleines.

My twist is to add matcha. So japanese but so yum!

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Secret place

May 29th, 2013 — 12:27pm

The other day, these lovely girls took me to an incredible mansion for an afternoon treat.

With their matching pink shoppers.

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Miss charming

May 4th, 2013 — 5:34pm

Late one afternoon, at a grocery shop.

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April 30th, 2013 — 5:08pm

On my very first visit to Australia I felt so disoriented, as if I was in a jungle in Madagascar or the Amazon. I guess I was overwhelmed by the exotic surroundings, like massive tropical rain forests. Colourful birds such as cockatoos and lorikeets were just flying around, like crows in Japan. When I heard a kookaburra for the first time, I was convinced it was the sound of some wild monkeys.


Their distinctive noise still makes me look around to see where it’s coming from, like I did today.


A kookaburra on my walk.

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April 23rd, 2013 — 9:27pm

I purchased my first chestnuts of the year. The lady at the market told me that chestnuts are smaller this year because of the draught. It didn't seem to affect the taste.

Abandoned flowers + water works magic!

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Autumn blooms

April 17th, 2013 — 11:27pm

Bright colours in a grey autumn day.


This month's tussie mussie.

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