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Event Wrap-Up: June 22, 2014 Creative Exchange in Miura

Creative Exchange/Miura Sketch and Word Crawl

at the Sakurai Temple House and Surroundings in Akiya


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Our group of illlustrators and writers met at Zushi Station on Sunday morning and took a bus down the west coast of Miura to the quiet district of Akiya. Befitting the rainy season, the weather was drizzly, so upon arriving at the Sakurai temple house and drinking some cooling shiso juice, we settled in for the creative exchange. 



The temple house full of antiques, artwork and sculptures was a perfect setting for critiquing fiction and nonfiction, picture book text, dummies, middle-grade and YA. 

After the creative exchange we chatted over bento lunches and savored Colleen's famous sangria, and we almost forgot altogether to go outside. Late in the afternoon we set out through Akiya back lanes, admiring hydrangea in full bloom . . .


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and walking along shore by the Tateishi rocks



Although–full confession–we didn't do much in the way of writing or sketching at this particular Sketch and Word Crawl, it was a relaxing and inspiring day talking about writing and art, and everyone seemed pleased to have made the journey down to Miura. A huge thank you to Colleen and Shoichi Sakurai for hosting this special event! Perhaps it will become an annual SCBWI Japan tradition.