Kawaii Die-Cut Original Character Mascot Sticker Packs

Hi family and friends!

Our Art Shop is OPEN for business.

Shop with us and show your support with some LIPS kawaii original characters, including our kawaii kitty mascot. ^.^

Nakayoshimashou ne!

LIPS Lucky Cat Mascot OC Sticker Pack

LIPS Nakayoshi Friends OC Sticker Pack

Little INKPLAY Shop Turns ONE! Happy Anniversary

Hi friends and family!

And happy FriYAY!

On June 12, Little INKPLAY Shop turned one (1)!

Gomen nasai that I am days late with this, but life has been happening.

Regardless, I didn’t want the month to go by without saying THANK YOU!

Without you my dreams of owning my own kawaii tattoo creative space & culture hub wouldn’t be possible.

Far beyond tattooing, LIPS’ first year has been insanely inspiring. So I’ve gathered some highlights of small goals and milestones that you all have helped the studio achieve … in only it’s first year! <3

Stick around and tell me (in the comments section) what you’d like to see more of or look forward. And don’t forget to join our kawaii community – DC KawaiiStyle.



One of my goals in my private space, is to get stronger at my art game.

From sneakers to wood and regularly on skin, I am blessed to be able to create on many fluid canvases. Now to put them all together and #createEVERYDAY!

References | IllustrationPaintingsInstallationsDIY

captured by Gertie Gerbre Photography
a bundle of ideas + branding

Brush pens + liners are my love, which I use for all traditional art.

In case you’re interested, my tools are public so that we can learn & create together, one day soon!

ornamental kawaii lucky cat + daruma-chan

Be My Valentine Kawaii Kokeshi OC + creative process

from #INKtober 2016
and more with my kawaii mascot, Ippie-chan ^.^

Ippie-chan stickers coming down the pipeline soon! ^.^

personal branding things for my blog

they’re also kawaii kokeshi (free) adoptables. grab ’em here ~

started making some fun & cool teaching material for future workshops

and who could forget about kawaii journaling

more kawaii branding + logo work

and my first release of hand made stickers now available in the art shop ~

last but not least, meet Zaza & Izzy OC’s for a super sweet book project I’ll illustrate across the pond, in Japan ^.^

🌸Kawaii in da Hood + Other Art Outreach

LIPS isn’t just a studio and creative space, but it is also an EMPOWERING kawaii culture hub.

Through our kawaii community, DC KawaiiStyle and arts outreach program, Kawaii in da Hood we strive daily to uphold the studio’s mission and goals.

References | Learn MoreEvent Reports

sample class with a regular art student
kawaii + kakkoii art party
drawing practice + custom Pokemon playing cards

DIY girls bows workshop fun

Do the Doodle workshop fundraiser

kawaii photo booth action at Sakura Matsuri

presenting the art of kawaii + creativity at EL Haynes’ Wellness Day
prepped for my Do the (sticker) Doodle session with students 🙂
happy kawaii journal pages!

Creator Con with fellow otaku creatives

well … our first year of outreach was intense!

🌸Studio Friends

Little INKPLAY Shop would not come alive without the love, care and support of our family, friends and customers.

THANK YOU for believing in the mission of Little INKPLAY Shop and cheers to another year of kawaii + creativity builds.

Don’t forget to comment what you’d like to see more of or look forward. And join our kawaii community – DC KawaiiStyle.

LIPS Cherry Blossom Online Art Exhibit


DC + Cherry Blossoms, A Timeline of History

Cherry trees, a gift of friendship to the U.S. from Japan, originated in 1912.


In Japan, cherry blossom trees or  sakura (さくら→ 桜) is the national flower and it’s blooming symbolises the start of Spring.


Here is a fun timeline of DC’s cherry blossom history.


Enjoy ~



Mrs. Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore, upon returning from Japan proposed that cherry trees be planted one day along the reclaimed Potomac waterfront



Dr. David Fairchild imported 75 flowering cherry trees and 25 single-flowered weeping types from the Yokohama Nursery Company in Japan and planted them on a hillside on his own property in Chevy Chase, Maryland



The Fairchilds began to promote Japanese flowering cherry trees as the ideal type of tree to plant along avenues in the Washington area



Dr. Fairchild gave cherry saplings to children from each D.C. (public) school to plant in their schoolyard for the observance of Arbor Day. He refers to Eliza Scidmore as a great authority on Japan.



Mrs. Scidmore decided to tried to raise money to buy cherry trees and donate them to the city. She sent a note to the new first lady, Helen Herron Taft, to which the first lady responded two days later

  • April 8 | Dr. Jokichi Takamine, the Japanese chemist, offered a donation of 2,000 cherry trees to be given in the name of the City of Tokyo. First Lady Taft accepted
  • April 13 | Colonel Spencer Cosby, Superintendent of the Office of Public Buildings and Grounds, Us Army, initiated the purchase of 90 Fugenzo Cherry Trees. The trees were planted along the Potomac River from the site of the Lincoln Memorial but the trees were not named correctly and have since disappeared
  • August 30 | The Japanese Embassy informed the Department of State that the City of Tokyo intended to donate 2,000 cherry trees to be planted along the Potomac River
  • December 10 | 2,000 cherry trees arrived in Seattle, Washington from Japan



  • January 6 | the 2,000 trees arrived in Washington, D.C.
  • January 19 | a Department of Agriculture inspection team discovered that the trees were infested with insects and nematodes, and were diseased
  • January 28 | President William Howard Taft granted his consent to burn the trees
  • January 29 | the Evening Star reported that a dozen trees were saved and planted out in the experimental plot of the bureau for further study. Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki suggested a second donation be made in the number of  3,020 cherry trees.



  • February 14 | twelve varieties of cherry trees from were shipped from Yokohama on board the S.S. Awa Maru, bound for Seattle
  • March 26 | the 3,020 cherry trees arrived in Washington, D.C. of the following varieties
  1. (1,800)    Somei-Yoshino
  2. (100)        Ari ake
  3. (120)        Fugen-zo
  4. (50)          Fuku-roku-ju
  5. (20)          Gyo-i-ko, all planted on the White House Grounds
  6. (160)        Ichiyo
  7. (80)          Jo­nioi
  8. (350)        Kwan-zan
  9. (20)          Mikuruma­gayeshi
  10. (130)        Shira-yuki
  11. (50)          Surugadai­nioi
  12. (130)        Taki­nioi
  • March 27 | Helen Herron Taft and the Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese Ambassador, planted two Yoshino cherry trees on the northern bank of the Tidal Basin and the first lady presented a bouquet of “American Beauty” roses to Viscountess Chinda. This was the start of Washington’s renowned National Cherry Blossom Festival

the two original trees still stand with a large bronze plaque which commemorates the occasion at their bases

🌸1913 -­ 1920

Workmen continued planting Yoshino trees around the Tidal Basin.

The other remaining varieties were planted in East Potomac Park


  • April 16 | the original planting of Japanese cherry trees was commemorated by a re-enactment of the event by D.C. school children


The District of Columbia Commissioners sponsored a three-day celebration


The first “Cherry Blossom Festival” was jointly sponsored by many civic groups and became an annual event


A group of women chained themselves together near cherry blossoms in a political protest against President Franklin D. Roosevelt

This protest resulted in a compromise wherein more trees would be planted along the south side of the Tidal Basin to frame the Jefferson memorial.


the Cherry Blossom Pageant was introduced


  • December 11 | 4 cherry trees were cut down in suspected retaliation for the Japanese attack against the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Since it was never substantiated. trees were referred to as the “Oriental” flowering cherry trees to prevent future damage during the Second World War


Cherry Blossom princesses were selected from each State of the Union and  federal territory.

From these princesses, a queen was chosen to reign during the festival.


Japan requested help to restore the grove where the parent stock for Washington’s first trees, in the famed cherry tree grove along the Arakawa River near Tokyo had fallen into decline during World War II

The National Park Service shipped budwood from descendants of those same trees back to Tokyo in an effort to restore the original site


  • March 30 | Sadao Iguchi, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States, presented a 300-year-old Japanese Stone Lantern to the City of Washington to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first Treaty of Peace, Amity and Commerce between the United States and Japan signed by Commodore Mathew Perry at Yokohama on March 31, 1854. The lantern, made of granite, is eight feet high and weighs approximately two tons. The National Cherry Blossom Festival officially is opened by the lighting of the lantern.


Mr. Yositaka Mikimoto, President of Mikimoto Pearls, Inc., donated the Mikimoto Pearl Crown that is used at the coronation of the National Cherry Blossom Festival Queen on the night of the Grand Ball.

The crown contains more than two pounds of gold and has 1,585 pearls and because of its weight the young lady crowned Queen will only wear the famous piece for just a few moments


  • April 18 |  a Japanese Pagoda was presented as a gift to the City of Washington, D.C. by the Mayor of Yokohama in the spirit of friendship and placed on the southwest bank of the Tidal Basin


another generous gift of 3,800 Yoshino trees was made by the Japanese government to Lady Bird Johnson, another first lady devoted to the beautification of Washington

Lady Bird Johnson and Mrs. Ryuji Takeuchi, wife of Japan’s Ambassador, reenacted the planting ceremony of 1912


about 800 cuttings from the Tidal Basin Yoshino trees were collected by Japanese horticulturists to retain the genetic characteristics of the trees and replace trees destroyed in Japan when the course of a river was changed

🌸1986 ~ 1988

676 new cherry trees were planted at a cost of over $101,000

funds were donated to the National Park Service to restore the number of trees to what they were at the time of the original gift


the National Cherry Blossom Festival was expanded from one week to two weeks


  • March 27 | the Sister River Agreement  – between the Potomac of Washington, D.C. and the Arakawa from the scenic Mt. Kobushi in Saitama Prefecture – was signed


  • June 17 | cuttings were taken from the 1912 Yoshino cherry trees shipment to ensure preservation of the trees’ genetic lineage and genetic heritage of the grove


  • November 15 | 50 trees, propagated from the 1,400+ year old “Usuzumi” cherry tree growing in the village of Itasho Neo in Gifu Prefecture of Japan, were planted in West Potomac Park. The “Usuzumi” tree is a National Treasure of Japan since 1922

🌸2002 ~ 2006

400 trees, propagated from the surviving trees from the 1912 donation, were planted to ensure that the genetic lineage of the original trees is continued


about 120 propagates from the surviving 1912 trees around the Tidal Basin were collected and sent back to Japan’s Cherry Blossom Association to retain the genetic lineage


cuttings were taken from the trees throughout the Tidal Basin and West Potomac Park to be propagated at a nursery and will be planted in 5-6 years once the trees are large enough to be transplanted


Info cited from U.S. National Park Service

DC KawaiiStyle’s Spring Hanami Kawaii Meet-Up + Hang Out

Hi everyone!

We are getting ready for our annual spring hanami!

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Spring has officially SPRUNG!

Please join DC KawaiiStyle on Sunday, April 2 as we welcome spring in true kawaii fashion.

Come in your finest J-fashion or comfortable spring-inspired attire while we fellowship over bento, beverages, and everything else in between ♥

As this is a picnic, please be sure to bring a blanket or something to lay out over the ground as there will not be traditional seating available.

Also, please feel free to bring a bento for yourself and other snacks for others. Sharing is caring and always appreciated but not required.

This is sure to be a fun-filled event for all ages so invite your friends and family and we’ll see you there!

*This event is rain or shine and location will be adjusted in case of rain*

RSVP here to join us ~

(art and info graphics by Little Miss Paintbrush | Japan Lover Me family)