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Happy Year of the Rat 🐭🎉

Happy New Year, friend!

Did you know 2020 is the Year of the Rat?

My dad is a “Rat” and embodies some of the zodiac’s characteristics – industrious, thrifty, and diligent.

Dad and Dave making mochi for zenzai (dad’s favorite treat) at a cafe in Kanazawa, Japan (2017)

I hope I’ve inherited some of his rat-ness so I can keep making joyful art for you and continue to grow Honeyberry Studios even more this year!

Wishing you a healthful and happy 2020 💕


New Year’s wishes for you!

2018 is the Year of the Dog. I had a great fun drawing these cute doggies in sweaters 🐶

New Year’s is the biggest holiday in Japan, and everything shuts down between January 1st and the 3rd. Though I’ve lived in the states for almost 22 years now, I still observe it and take a break in the beginning of the year.

On New Year’s Day, Dave and I usually take a long walk if the weather is nice, eat mochi (rice cake) soup to warm up, and be lazy and enjoy relaxing together.

On last New Year’s Day, we went for a walk in the University of Washington Arboretum.

Everything feels sacred to me in the beginning of the year. It gives me a pause to think about what I want this year to be. I take the time to appreciate everything I have in my life.

One of the many things I appreciate in my life is, of course, YOU! I could not do this without your support, so thank you for being interested in what I do and supporting my work❤️

Do you have a ritual or tradition for New Year’s holiday? Tell me in comments 😊

Here is to a whole new year filled with love, joy, and creativity!


Yuko Miki Honeyberry Studios Headshot



Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

I’m back!  I had a great time visiting family and friends in Wisconsin.  Unfortunately, no snow, though… But it was still pretty nice 🙂  Hope everyone’s holiday season is going well.

2014 was a good year.  It was the year where I did a lot of thinking about my goals and dreams and finally realized that to prioritize pursuing my dream of becoming a full-time illustrator, I needed to say “no” to some things to make room.  Although saying no to things you like and enjoy can be difficult, it gives me more energy and motivation to keep working on my big goal.

2015 is the Year of Sheep!
2015 is the Year of Sheep!

I feel energized and excited about the new year and projects I have brewing!  Gift of Happiness  is one of the new projects I’m excited about, and I can’t wait to share more in the few days!  You can also sign up here to hear more about it!

Take care, friends.  I will see you at my daily happiness post a little later today!