∗∝∗💛♡💛∗∝∗ Wonderful Encounters Mellow Brought To Me ∗∝∗💛♡💛∗∝∗
Blog written by Madame Midori Aoyama who lives in Bordeaux, a city in southwestern France, and bakes sweets every day.
One day in the summer of 2015, an e-mail reached me from a far-away country France. It said, “My husband rescued a baby squirrel dropped from a tree in our garden. It was a male squirrel and we named him Lundi as it was Monday morning. Since then we have raised him at home and we think it’s about time to return him to the forest. But, we are worried about whether it’s okay for him to do so as he is or not……..” As she searched on the Internet, she got to Kazusa Nakamaru’s official web site. She knew about Mellow there and sent me an e-mail. Her e-mail was filled with gracious love towards Lundi. Thereafter we have exchanged e-mails. She came to see my lecture hold on Seotember 12th, 2015 in Karuizawa as she was in Tokyo.
Regarding her meeting with Lundi, refer to http://blog.livedoor.jp/parismidori/archives/52132960.html.
Although Lundi has gone to his forest, I believe he will visit Midori’s garden with his partner in Spring.
Lundi and Mellow are the cute fairies of encounter. Stay healthy forever !! And I wish I can develop this precious relationship with Midori which Lundi and Mellow gave me.
💛💛💛Message from Lundi & Midori💛💛💛
Chères Mellow et Kazusa,
Je m’appelle Lundi, je suis un écureuil roux.
Lorsque j’étais bébé, Madame Kazusa racontait la belle histoire de
Mellow à Midori, ma maman adoptive très inquiète quant à mon avenir.
Son récit a l’a réconfortée.
J’ai grandi entouré d’affection et je suis reparti vers la forêt.
Ma maman dit beaucoup de bien de nous les écureuils, et nous ne sont pas de petits êtres fragiles, nous sommes assez téméraires et courageux pour nous débrouiller seuls.
En plus notre adorable apparence, je suis un peu honteux de le dire, peut réunir des hommes même très éloignés les uns des autres, voire d’un autre continent.
Nous espérons que nos forêts continueront d’être des havres de fraîcheur l’été, et resteront riches de délicieuses noix et noisettes l’automne.
Nous souhaitons le succès de votre projet, de Karuizawa avec Mellow, ma cousine japonaise.
Amitiés de nos forêts bordelaises.
Lundi et Midori (2016/01/28)
A ceramist, Ms Rie Kobayashi’s homepage. She lives in Kasama, Ibaragi and produces pottary in a rich nature environment. Her works are beautiful like blue gem stones. Those pottery are produced by her original method. She is famous for a dog lover and has interest in animal protecting and raising activities. Her love towards to animals other than human beings guided her to Mellow. Since then, she has supported my activities with Mellow from various points of view. She invited me to “Kasama Himatsuri (a big pottery festival)” to give a lecture and panel exhibition of “Mellow The Japanese Squirrel™”.
She produces with a will not only works for dog lovers, but new works with iron crafts.
You can order any work you like. You can get your own pottery which is only one in the world. You should be surprised at her specific delicate style. The following pictures show the bowl which I had her made for Mellow. It’s so fantastic, isn’t it?
I would like to work together with her for some creative purposes that emphasize the grass roots of “life” from now on.
💛💛💛Message From Ms Rie Kobayashi💛💛💛
Dear Mellow, Fairy of Kazusa Forest;
Whenever I see your doe eyes, I reflect on the facts that you grew up to be a beautiful and strong squirrel, you experienced childbirth and child rearing twice, and so on, although you lost your mother at an early age.
Besides, you taught me how delightful and how hard to live in forests.
You also taught me it’s the responsibility and task of our human-beings, that were born on Earth last, to protect and grow rich forests where your family or friends can live for all time.
I think we should rethink what human life calls for, for example about that we should protect such beautiful nature where your offspring and humans can live together forever.
I watch over you living safe and sound through Kazusa’s eyes for ever and a day.
2016.1 .26 《蒼い陶》 Rie Kobayashi
This is the Instagram site of Ms Susan Regalia who is a yarn artist living in California, USA.
Susan draws design pictures from the things which are close to her and uses crochet hooks or knitting needles freely to spin many splendid works. Most of her works were created with flowers, plants or animals as motifs. They all speaks her cute and tender personality. Not only many fans admire her works but she has about 41,000 followers in Instagram (as of March, 2016). Her witty comment is one of reasons why her site is so popular.
Susan creatively uses colors to build up her unique world. This is also a big appeal which her works have.
Susan is a good wife and wise mother at home. Although she lost her beloved old dog recently and now only Lucy which is her beloved cat is living with her family, she is an animal aficionado. She also loves wild squirrels which sometimes visit her garden. When she knew about my Mellow’s book “Mellow the Japanese Squirrel™ The Story of Kazusa Forest in Karuizawa“, she immediately ordered it from Kinokuniya USA saying that she cannot understand Japanese but wants to invite Mellow to her home. So she is the very first fan of my Mellow’s book overseas. And she sent the following pretty photos. Such an aspect shows her mischievous personality well.
It may be nature or animals to bond our hearts together across time and space in all ages. In this way, I wish the ring of Mellow will spread out overseas little by little.
💛💛💛Message from Susan and Lucy💛💛💛
We congratulate you on being chosen to become the ambassador of the Forest. Trees are so beautiful, and very important to this world. It is so sad that humans continue to reduce the numbers of the existing trees! What a sad world this would be if there were hardly any trees left. Mellow, I’m sure you love having such a tall, shady house to live in. Thanks to the trees, there is more oxygen in the air for all creatures to breath. The trees provide food for animals, but also nourishment to the soul with their calm green beauty.
My cat Lucy and I love to watch the squirrels frolic in our trees at home. We find them to be so silly and entertaining! The little squirrels are like kitten-monkeys, and make us smile.
Thank you, Mellow, for bringing awareness to all about the importance of nature in our lives, and how we must make sure to keep the forest safe. Good luck to you!
2016.3.8 Susan and Lucy
💛💛💛Message From Katja💛💛💛
I am so happy that I met you even if it is only through internet. You are doing great work to raise the awareness of the importance of saving forest so all flora and fauna can have a palace to continue existing. I wish all humans could understand how important it is to have trees and forests around us. I will continue following you and your life in Kazusa forest. Looking forward to seeing your new babies once they are ready to leave the nest.
The red squirrels are sending you lots of love from my forest.
Mellow, you are so precious.
2016.3.28 Katja Iso-Seppälä
This Instagram gallery belongs to Ms Sarah Andrews. She is digital artist from the north of England, inspired by the natural world.
She was born in Yorkshire and grew up in the countryside surrounded by many animals. She moved to Liverpool at 18. After finishing university she works in shipping and now lives on the coast outside Liverpool which she loves. She has a country park on one side of her and two lakes and the sea on the other. She lives in such a beautiful place near so much wildlife.
The circumstances of her upbringing and domiciliary environment are reflected in her work that which features the beauty of nature that she finds around her.
Her beautiful works are based on her adoration for the nature and wildlife animals. She creates her fantastic world employing different kinds of applications for digital art.
Her pictures have the flavor of paintings and indicates the importance of nature.
💛💛💛Message From Sarah💛💛💛
Since I was a child I have felt deep love for the animal kingdom and the natural world. This is what drew me to you on Instagram, Mellow. You are an adorable animal and I love seeing your wonderful pictures and hearing your story. I look forward to seeing more of you and also your babies – it is a privilege to be invited into your world.
2016.3.31 Sarah Andrews
This is the Instagram gallery of Rachel who lives in Devon in the South West of England. She works as an accountant and still has much to learn about photography and loves to practice and share her photos on Instagram.
Her passions are nature and wildlife, but she also loves history and her photos represent her passions. Most of her photos are taken near to her home but she also loves to travel to see wildlife and in 2015 traveled to Rwanda to see Mountain Gorillas in the wild as well as traveling to South Africa for a safari.
She says, “I am greatly saddened by deforestation around the world. The forests are the lungs of our planet and contain such valuable Eco systems that will soon be forever lost to us.” And she continues as follows, “The deforestation caused by greed of humans is very short sighted. Every plant, insect and animal has a role to play on this planet and to loose them would not only be incredibly sad but also highly detrimental to the continuing survival of our planet.”
💛💛💛Message From Rachel💛💛💛
It was a delight to find the beautiful photos of you on Kazusa’s Instagram page and learn about your life in the forest. Knowing how you have raised babies each year and what a good mother you are is very wonderful. I am sure that your website will be very popular. I look forward to learning more about your life in the future.
Your friend from England, Rachel (2016.3.31)