Friday, 26 October 2012

Wow fantastic baby

This kinda blurry picture is of my tickets for the last two times I saw Big Bang live.

I've blogged about both occasions before but I'm mentioning it again because soon another ticket to see them will grace my notice board since they are coming to London in December! Yaaaay!*\(^o^)/*

I'm sure they'll be awesome again!

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Ghibli Musuem

Okay so a really really really long time ago I went to the Ghibli Museum here in Japan and I was looking through the photos on my phone recently which reminded me of how much fun I had there. Since I know a lot of people like Ghibli I thought I'd show you guys my pics.

I love all the little detailing around the museum. Even the glass and the iron railings have Ghibli references. Though it isn't large it's nice to take the time to just take in all these small details so you can truly appreciate how much work went into this place.

There are also sections on the animation studio's history, some models and displays on how animation is produced and some cute sketches and recreations of Miyazaki's studio too.

And of course there are the major attractions that every one likes to see. Such as the huge robot from Labuta which is on top of the building, or the Cat Bus room (which on the day I went was reserved for children >.<).

You can also see a short film in the cinema there. It's basically more about the cat bus from Totoro and is super adorable. It has no subtitles though sooo I guess if you can't understand Japanese you'd just have to take in the cinematography if nothing else.

The gift shop is full of really cool stuff related to the films but it is a tad on the expensive side. I wanted a lot of stuff but I went home with nothing since I went during one of my poor phases (these are often >.<). Also outside they have places to eat and a cart that sells drinks like ramune. It was so much fun.

We didn't have that much time there...around an hour and a half but you don't really need more than that. It's not a huge museum and even if you watch the movie you can get to see everything in that amount of time. If you get the chance I really recommend you go. Also the museum is in the middle of a huge park so you can make a day out of it and have a wonder around there like I did.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Cultural Exploits : Kanteiryuu (Kabuki Moji)

 Okay I know I haven't blogged for awhile but now I am finished with uni I thought I'd use this time to get up to date blogging about all the things I've been doing in Japan. I realised I don't actually talk about what I do at uni very often and this term I've been able to do a lot of fun stuff so I thought it might be nice to start blogging about it.

 The first topic up in my new series is : Kanteiryuu which is also known as Kabuki Moji or writing. We had a teacher come into our class and show us how to do the kind of writing you often see on posters advertising Kabuki (traditional style of Japanese play).

 Here Taknaka-sensei (the woman that came in to teach us) and my regular teacher are showing us some of the kind of writing we were going to be attempting in that class. I must admit I was a bit wary since I am rubbish at 書道 (Japanese calligraphy) and I thought I'd fail equally at this.

 These were the tools we used. It kinda felt like art class when I was younger what with laying out all the newspaper and everything. Tanaka-sensei said you can pretty much use any brush to do it. I was dubious but she said she sometimes uses children's paint brushes and her work is amazing.

 Here are some of my practise characters. I was drawing 雪、月 and 花. One of the main things I took from this is style is more important than the accuracy of the writing. 花 looks really stylised and nothing like it is usually written for example. As you can see I wasn't very good >.< It was really fun having a go though. Once I stopped thinking of it as writing and more like drawing I improved some.

 And to finish up here is an expert. All the characters are supposed to look fat and square-like, shown perfectly here by Tanaka-sensei. I think the coolest thing about this writing style is that it was developed by one guy and has been passed down his line. All that time they have been responsible for doing all the writing for Kabuki advertisements in Tokyo. Tanaka-sensei learnt from the member of the family currently in charge of all that.

I know this probably isn't that interesting to everyone but I thought I'd do some of this kinds of posts once in a while. Feel free to skip if you aren't interested. ^.^

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Liebster Award O(≧∇≦)O イエイ!!

I got given a Liebster Award by gyarurin recently! This is the first blog award I've ever gotten so I'm quite pleased(★>U<★) I hadn't heard of the award before but here're the basics of it:

 The Liebster Blog Award is given to upcoming bloggers who have less than 200 followers.
 The Meaning; Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.
The Rules:

1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you've tagged to answer
3. Choose eleven people and link them in your post.
4. Go to their page and tell them.
5. Remember no tag backs!

So hear are 11 things about me:

1. I fear spiders like they're the devil
2. I speak really quickly and quietly...I don't know how to fix that
3. I'm so bad at planning for the future
4. I can't drive...should probably get learning that >.<
5. I'm the worst at tidying up after myself
6. I'm trying to diet like a pro atm for summer
7. d.i.a owns my wallet which is why I'm always so poor
8. My favourite v-kei band at the moment is Royz
9. I haven't had sushi at all while I've been in Japan
10. I play Pokemon black while watching the related animated series (is so cool)
11. I want to be rich but I don't particularly want to work. But I also hate being idle...

And my answers to Gyarurin's questions:
  1. Cats or dogs? (Or other animals, if you prefer! ^^)
    Cats. They're so beautiful and have that perfect "I don't give a fuck" attitude.
  2. What is your favourite trend for this season?
    It's a hair trend not a fashion one: Pastel coloured hair. Every time I see someone with it I fall in love with it all over again.
  3. What old trend would you love to see revived?
    Fox Tails. I still see them sold around but people don't really wear them any more.
  4. Describe your ideal night out.
    Live -> Izakaya -> Karaoke/Club
  5. What type of foreign cuisine do you like best?
    Japanese obviously. But I'm also quite partial to Italian food.
  6. Do you like Disney? If so, which movie (or movies) is your favourite?
    Yeah I do like Disney. My favourite movie would be Mulan but I also love Lilo and Stitch.
  7. What first sparked your interest in fashion/beauty/style?
    ...I went shopping with my mum? For as long as I remember I've been super interested in fashion and style. I was saying I wanted to be a fashion designer in reception >.<
  8. Who is your 'cartoon hero'? :)
  9. Do you know what your first word was? If you do, please tell the story behind your first word!
    No idea. My mum forgot....
  10. Which five words would you most like to be described as?
    Funny, Loyal, Intelligent, Interesting, Beautiful
  11. What was the last thing/subject you studied or researched?
    Kabuki writing : 勘亭流
I will get back to this post with the people I tag. I don't think I follow many people with less than 200 followers (least popular of all my blogger friends) but I'll find some people.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Ma-ma-ma-ma-ma my hello!!!!

The other day at the convenience store I spotted some iced coffee on sale that I thought you guys might appreciate :

It's Shirokuma Cafe coffee!!! I didn't get it at the time (because I'm addicted to Iced Cocoa atm) but I'm tempted to next time.

And for those of you that have never seen this show and have no idea what I'm on about I've linked the first episode below:

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

I'm not dead...just busy

I made a vlog the other day for shits and giggles. I wish I had the time to blog more often since I have so many plans for posts, but I just don't have the time. I barely ever update my crooz or ameblo any more either and so I'm just failing all around in that regard. I will try to be better

I wanted to blog from my phone more often but as you can see from the last post the formatting on my phone clearly doesn't agree with blogger.

In other news I won a blog award ^^ I'll try and get the post up for that sometime soon.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

It's blog so long since I blogged last.
The power at my place was out today so me and Alice went to this super cute toy shop and bought a game to play.
We have to pick up pandas with chopsticks....super difficult
We also played on the swings in the park and ate icecream
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