Saori OhkuniKamogawa, Chiba, JP
I am a freelance illustrator and painter based in Japan.
My works are created with gouache, watercolor and colored pencil.
When I was a child, I moved from Japan to the United States, and with a language barrier, what helped me was drawing.
To me, drawing is still the best way to express my worldview and feelings.
I love the beauty of nature, all the colorful things, vegan cooking, reading books and traveling around the world to discover new inspiration.
Recipes By Saori Ohkuni
Last summer, I traveled to L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue in Southern France.
I can't forget that the salad I had at the restaurant was so fresh and delicious.
The salad was as beautiful as the scenery of Provence, and the ingredients were green leaf, radishes, carrots, beets, onions, melons, berries and pine nuts.
Two kinds of yellow and green sauce were arranged like a dot pattern!
This is painted with watercolor.
Theme: Summer Salads
Pizza would be the best way to enjoy cheese!
I'm vegan but still I can enjoy "cheese" topped pizza.
There are many different dairy free "cheese" options, such as meltable "cheese" and vegan "mozzarella" etc.
I also love topping tomatoes, basil, olives, mushrooms, onions, peppers and some more.
This picture is drawn only with colored pencils.
Theme - GrateFULL
My ideal pantry has bottled pickles and jams, various shapes of pasta, colorful beans and grains, onions and garlics, dried herbs and so on.
It's fun just watching the lineup of excellent foods that you can eat right away and thinking about what to cook!
Chirashi zushi is Japanese type of sushi.
"Chirashi" means scattered, and it looks like a rice salad.
It is served with many toppings, such as Lotus root, spring wild plants, edible flowers and so on.
Chirashi zushi is not only delicious, but also looks gorgeous and is perfect for celebrations.
We often take it to picnics to enjoy watching cherry blossoms in spring called "Ohanami", or eat it on special days.
Wagashi are traditional Japanese sweets that are often served with tea.
They reflect the natural motifs of the four seasons, each of which is significant in Japan.
Wagashi are good for health.They are basically made from plant-based ingredients such as rice, red bean paste which is made with adzuki beans, and sugar etc.
Mochi and Daifuku are sweet rice cakes stuffed with red bean paste.
Dango is a sweet dumpling made of rice flour. Normally, three of them are served on sticks.
Dorayaki is made of pancake sandwich with sweet red bean filling.
Taiyaki is a fish-shaped cake, and it is also filled with red bean paste.
Cream anmitsu is made of small cubes of agar jelly, fruits, mochi, red bean paste, green tea ice cream, and drizzled with black honey.
Global Cuisine - Osechi-ryōri are traditional Japanese New Year feast.
The tradition goes back centuries, to the Heian period (794-1185).
Osechi is served in a special box called jūbako, and all of the Ingredients have fortunate-meaning.
The soup called ozōni contains rice cake and vegetables.
Every new year, I was so excited and waited for my moｍ to make delicious dishes.
We eat the special feast with our family, and pray for good health and great harvest for the new year!
Food Geometry Entry
The cross sections of vegetables and fruits are incredibly beautiful and artistic.
They are miraculous art created by great nature.
I love to cook, because I can see the amazing colors and shapes all the time!
Birthday Bash—Picnic is always a good idea, especially on the birthday!
Picnic Birthday Party is nice and sweet.
Let's go outside and prepare the feast, celebrate the special day under the sun!
This is hand-drawn, painted with gouache, watercolor and colored pencil.