Sundays with Asahi Nagata
Sundays With is a monthly series that will highlight the routines, habits, and rituals of folks in the Ordinary Habit community. We’ll be exploring what helps them close out their week, and get ready for what’s ahead.
When we first discovered Asahi’s work, we were immediately filled with a sense of childlike curiosity, tracing the patterns and seeing the pictures come together piece by piece. Almost like puzzles themselves, we knew her artwork would be the perfect fit for Ordinary Habit, and Himawari has quickly become a favorite. We caught up with Asahi to see how she spends her Sundays.
What do you most look forward to on Sundays?
I look forward to going for a longer walk on Sundays. We always walk to the coffee shop, and to the lake and the park. Sometimes we just walk around the neighborhood, and say which house is our favorite and why (please tell me everyone does this.) In Spring/Summer/Fall, we usually go for a morning hike, then come home and take a break. Sometimes we go back for an afternoon hike, or evening walk after dinner. We are outside all the time when we can be because we love how we don't have to be bundled up like how we are in winter. Going for a longer walk has been how my husband and I spend our Sundays for years. The only difference since the last two years is that our little one has joined the club. Chatting with my husband about all the totally random stuff on our walk is my favorite thing to do and helps me reset and prepare for the coming week. In winter, we don't get to see flowers and trees like we do in spring and summer, but frozen cherries are pretty too!
What do you call that feeling that creeps up on us on Sundays?
When I was in Japan I remember it was called Sazae-san Syndrome. Sazae-san was a cartoon show that has been aired every Sunday evening since 1969. We all watched it at dinner time, and we all got depressed because it reminded us that Sunday was almost over.
A satisfying Sunday dinner to avoid the feeling of Sunday evening?
Nabe (Japanese hot pot).
Who do you call on Sundays?
I have a video call with my mom. Talking to her on video call sometimes takes four hours because we have so much random stuff to discuss, and we are not afraid to take multiple bathroom breaks. Often one of us starts making noodles during the call, and the other one copies it, and we end up eating noodles virtually together.