Childhood Week

Childhoodweek is an event created by Beatrice Blue to bring up nice memories and turn them into stories to share with everyone.

I joined to challenge myself to draw more full-page illustrations with characters.


I grew up with many animals in my childhood. The one of interesting ones was wild Japanese macaques. They roam around the national park, backyard and mountain roads. When I was little, every time they saw me walking by, they started intimidating me. So I asked adults why and was told that because I’m as big as them (same eye level too) macaques thought I was another macaque entering into their territory.

I remember that I had a strange feeling of me being one of them.


I stayed late for my after school club. I didn’t realize that it got dark outside. I had to pass a bamboo forest to get home — but there wasn’t a single street light. Only thin moon light was shining above me (welcome to countryside!). It is a small forest and it won’t take 30 seconds to run through. But didn’t have the gut for the 30 seconds. The wind shook the bamboos and made eerie sound as if the forest was laughing at me. After the minutes of hesitation, I dared to run through the pitch-black forest!

“Far Away”

I believed that dragons live in the sky far, far away from our world. I’d look for anything flying between clouds from streets and airplanes. Of course I’ve dreamed about finally finding one!


Stars and universe fascinated me as a kid and made me feel super small in the universe! I didn’t know stars are shiny because they are burning (they are basically suns from far away universe). Most interestingly, they are light years away from the earth so we are seeing the lights from the past. Can be hundreds of years ago. So stars we see now could’ve been gone years ago but we don’t know just yet. Space is SO vast!


Before my dragon phase, I was super obsessed with dinosaurs. Like..A LOT. Collected figurines, fossils (real/replicas) from dinosaurs exhibitions..

Almost every day, I drew the wildest drawings of dinosaurs on the back of flyers that came with newspapers! 


The only residents who were regal enough to live in the cardboard fort…


My hometown rarely had snow during winter. Even if it did snow, it was light and would’ve been gone right away. I always dreamed about making a snowman but I always ended up with a dirt-covered snowball.


“I promise to do homework before playing video games”.

This is the probably the fist contract that I had.


Nothing beats the fresh bread from bakery in the morning. This 104 years-old local bakery in my hometown  is the best bakery in my life.


One summer, my sister and I were tasked to bathe all our 6 cats…


I used to play volleyball in elementary. I wasn’t good at sports in general but this taught me the importance of team play.


Stormy after school sucks. But earlier I run back home, longer I can play before supper time. Also I can get to forget about the weather outside!


Mosquitoes are absolutely everywhere in summer. I felt protected by the power of good ol’ mosquito coil all the time.

“Summer Little Me”

It gets really hot in my hometown and it is on the mountain slope… that means every destination is up on the hill. I couldn’t resist the cool tree shades to take a break even though we are so close to the destination.