Friday Feature: An Interview with A Midwinter Night’s Dream

Friday Feature is a series where I feature people who inspire me, or products that I find interesting. Today, we have the very talented Ryo of A Midwinter Night’s Dream telling us a little bit about herself. Ryo has a beautiful Hobonichi journal, where she shares her day through her lovely artwork. She is so inspirational!

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1. Tell us a bit about yourself, what do you like to do when you’re not journaling?

I was born and raised in Japan, but currently live in Montreal, Canada.  I am a speech-language pathologist with no training in fine arts.  I work in elementary schools with children who have various communication difficulties.

To tell you the truth, I don’t spend that much time journaling.  I love photography and photo-editing. I take pictures of Blythe (big-headed dolls), miniatures, food, daily life… I enjoy Photoshop, blogging, crocheting, dancing, baking & cooking, interior decorating, restaurant hopping…  I do all of these when I am not working.  That’s probably why I cannot spend that much time for journaling.

2. What is your favourite journal/notepad and why?

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At this moment, I use the Hobonichi Planner as my journal.  I love the Tomoe River paper as well as the structure it provides (i.e. 1 page per day, A6 size). I enjoy being in the Hobonichi community as well.  I get inspired by other talented Hobonichi users.  But I used to use plain sketchbooks as journals and I am starting to miss the blank pages and thick paper so that I don’t need to think too much about the ink bleeding through the pages…

3. What is your favourite journal accessory or stationery?

Definitely super-fine pens.  The STAEDTLER pigment liner 0.05 is my favorite pen. The Farber-Castell pitt artist pen XS works well on the Hobonichi Planner. I also like uni StyleFit, a ballpoint pen that you can customize the combinations of ink cartridges and the COPIC Multiliner 0.05.  I’m also crazy about washi tapes and stickers.

4. What inspired you to start a blog?

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I had been living in Eastern Canada for a while and did not have opportunities to use Japanese on the daily bases.  I started to worry that I was going to lose my mother tongue and the connection to the country where I was born and raised.  I started blogging in 2005 in Japanese to talk about the life in Montreal as well as my interests in many different things. I have met so many people over years through the blog and I now have lots of friends all over Japan and in other countries. I am in contact with many of them on the daily bases and I definitely would not lose Japanese now!

5. Where would you like to go on a holiday?

Japan! I usually go to Japan to see my family and friends once a year.  In general, I don’t like to travel (I hate taking airplanes…).  But I do travel to see the people I love.  Otherwise, I love to stay home.  Montreal is a lovely city, you know? 😉

6. What are your favourite stores (online or brick & mortar) to shop in?

Tokyu Hands and LOFT in Japan.  I do lots of online shopping for stationery goods, of course.  My recent favorites are Traveler’s Factory and Midori Online Store.

7. If you could describe yourself in one word, what would it be?

My friends call me, OTOKO-MAE.
In Japanese, it means, “manly” (in a good way) *lol*  I was never a girly girl.  Many of my friends (girls) say that they would marry me if I were a boy.  I don’t quite understand what it really means, though…

And lastly, please leave a link to your blog and social media so we can connect with you:

* I do these things in Japanese mainly (sorry).  But I can reply in English.

I hope you enjoyed today’s interview with Ryo. Although I don’t understand Japanese, I still love her drawings and can somewhat make out her day by looking at them 🙂

If you have a planner, home and living, crafting or cooking blog and would like to take part in the Friday Feature, please write to me at

Have a great weekend, lovely people!

Note: Photos were taken from Ryo’s website with her permission.


  1. Havok says:

    I love all the different ways people use their Hobonichi planners! I first heard about them in July, and immediately fell in love, especially with all the fantastic photos of them on Instagram and Pinterest.
    The drawings here are fantastic! Thank you for sharing – makes me hope for 2015 to get here even sooner, so I can start using my Hobo!!
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    • lyn says:

      Thanks, Charlie! And Ryo’s artwork is beautiful! I’m contemplating getting a Hobonichi because of her 🙂 But my art is um, rather appalling. Hahaha…

  2. RYO says:

    Hi! Thank you very much for a nice entry about me 🙂

    I am happy to be a part of your blog. I hope more and more people discover (or re-discover?) the fun of journaling on paper. I’m looking forward to see how your blog unfolds and connects people who share the same interests. Good luck and keep having fun!
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    • lyn says:

      Thanks for participating and your words of encouragement, Ryo! I can stare at your journal entries all day 🙂 You have definitely motivated me to keep a journal too.

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