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Friday Friends. Aya

In Everything
Today we feature the wonderful Aya, mother, artist and all round amazing human...
- Where do you hail from?
I was born in Nagasaki Japan, and moved to Whitianga when I was 12, and have lived in New Zealand ever since! 
 - Did you grow up spending a lot of time in nature? 
Nagasaki is coastal, very green and mountainous. My family home is on the side of a very bushy mountain. I remember climbing small mountains with my parents in Summer and picking  sweet acorns in Autumn (delicious!) Living in Whitianga, I spent a lot of the weekends going to different beaches with friends - eating, chatting, laughing! 
 - What are you most passionate about in life?
To always find time to play.
 - How do you like to spend your leisure time?
I am a new mum and don’t really have a leisure time at the moment, but if I did… I would love to sleep for a long time!

 - Do you have a preference for traditional or contemporary art?

Contemporary art! Especially the kind of art that you can touch and experience…!

 - Which is your favourite piece by Charlotte Penman & Co?

 It has to be my green sapphire engagement ring  but also the daisy chain earrings (first earrings I bought from Charlotte) are my staple and all time favourite.  

 - What’s your favourite song at the moment?

Under the Sea from Little Mermaid. It’s my baby, Asa’s favourite song. My husband, Elliot and I sing this song everyday, and makes Asa SO HAPPY!