Posts Tagged ‘japan’

the girl who leapt through timeNote to self! I really want to see The Girl who Leapt Through Time.  Luckily, it is on at ACMI! I love ACMI.

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Even though I have a literature degree and want to be a librarian, I’m not doing much good at reading serious books. Mostly at the moment, I read comedy, travel books, sci-fi, books for teens or graphic novels. Or usually, all of them at once. I read multiple things in tandem. I read, *all* the time.

So, this week’s topic is a pretty hard one for me. I can’t even remember all the things I’m in the process of actively reading. So, for simplicity’s sake, the one that is sitting open by the bed right now is the tenth book in the Deathnote manga series.

Death Note 10, originally uploaded by Yami Sasuke.

I bought issues 1-7 myself, but at $12-$15 each, it’s not super sustainable. Who knew that libraries all over Melbourne stock extensive Manga collections? My best recommendations are Darebin and Moreland libraries; City Library is too widely frequented by international students and they borrow all the good stuff faster than I can. Even still, in the North there’s often a wait. I finally got my hands on issues 8-12, joy!

L and light, originally uploaded by Kaori Hatake.

Deathnote has spawned an Anime series and a live action movie, none of which I have watched yet… didn’t want to ruin the ending.

Deathnote is a Shonen Manga, aimed at men (as opposed to Shojo, for women). Shonen is my preference… shojo is boringly romance and sex oriented. Man, there’s some dirty story lines for little girls in the shojo world.

Ryuk ~ Walk in the Sky ~, originally uploaded by EdwardLee’s collection.

The Deathnote story involves a god of death (a shinagami, seen in super cute toy form, above) dropping a notebook onto earth. The notebook can be used to kill people by writing their names in it, and is found by a misguided kid who thinks he can cleanse the world of evil. He makes a pretty good very-bad-guy face by the end of the series…

Death Note, originally uploaded by Fran Rocha.
It has also, as with so many things in Japan, spawned some dogged fan behaviour, including an awful lot of cosplay (like here) and fan art. Didn’t think I’d post any of that. It gets a bit dirty.
Thanks to My Champagne Dreams for this week’s topic, and Three Buttons for hosting This Is.
In non- This Is news, A and I have big plans for preserves. Pip posted about making Ginger Beer, which spurned us into action. Here’s our plant!

plants on windowsills, originally uploaded by urbn pirate.

Join in the ginger beer along! It’s totally what Spring needs.

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I really think you’d better know that I have a really over-sized hair clip.


I didn’t buy it in Japan. I bought it at Melbourne airport when I dropped off my mum.

I did buy these in Japan, however.



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Further to a conversation I had with CJ, my circus buddy, I would like to share with you some THINGS. Good things. Things I like. Things I wish to pursue. Things other people might catch onto. Purely for my own interest, and for retrospective analysis. Things.

THING ONE – very, very skinny scarves.

THING TWO – also scarf related – very, very long scarves. Etsy discusses this too. Yes, I am cold, in the Southern Hemisphere.

(Picture from Monevor)

THING THREE – I bought this in Japan as a joke. What are two things that you’d never think to go together in fashion? Nicotine and earrings? Santa Claus and men’s country club attire? Glomesh and officewear?

Which did you choose? If you chose any, you’re right! They’ve created all of them in Japan. But for this story, I give you a red, glomesh necktie!

glomesh tie

Stranger things happen at sea, I suppose… One day I’ll tell you about Captain Santa…

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Plastic ume blossoms, originally uploaded by urbn pirate.

In this photo, real cherry blossoms are what is missing. Plastic glory. Although they were the closest we got to cherry blossoms in Japan.

On this blog, my sidebar is what is missing. Where’s my buttons? Where’s my blogroll? I’m so confused. Can anyone else see them? What is going on???

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huzzah! I have returned, victorious. Or, at least, alive. Small mercies. Tell you what, the best part about coming back from overseas is catching up on all the back entries of other people’s blogs. The worst part about coming back from overseas is everything else. Especially the public transport. Oh jeebus, we are so backward. Anyway.

Safari, friendly server that it is, has decided to corrupt every time I open the ‘write new post’ page. Helpful. Hence why I haven’t written a durn thing since I’ve come back. But! I’m a smart cookie. I downloaded Firefox. Oh open source, I love thee.

Let me tell you a secret. I don’t really get Flickr. Does that make me a bad craftblogger? Probably my lack of updates makes me a bad craftblogger. How does it work? Do you upload all your photos or just ones people might be interested in seeing? Just groups? Can anyone fill me in?

Just as an introductory experiment, I’ve indulged in a little game. It is…

The Mighty Flickr Game, sourced from Mikes (a site I, incidentally, love dearly)

How to do it:
a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker and make a mosaic to put on your blog or flickr! Easy as easy pie.

The questions:
1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One Word to describe you.
12. Your flickr name.

who is bek?, originally uploaded by urbn pirate.

1. Kazybek Bek (Kazakhstan) – Out of the Train, 2. ume, 3. Kitten, 4. blue on red, 5. David Suzuki, 6. tea & biscotti, 7. The last sunray – Barcelona, 8. Fuji, 9. Tales Of A Librarian, 10. Acrobalance, 11. CHANGEABLE SKY…, 12. D’ ¿ Cual es el Nº infinito mas grande ?

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bex wa doko desu ka?

(photo from pingmag)

Japan, that’s where. At least, as of tomorrow. And I might even blog about it! Maybe. Hooray for the land of the rising wireless internet.

Until then, entertain yourself with:
* an atmospheric photoset of excellent Osaka. Imagine my happy little face in there.
* a cool blogger who lives in Japan and posts pictures and stories of everyday life that have been making me wistful for the last six months.
* a page full of travel and history where you can plan your own trip, because surely everyone wants to go to Japan.

Safety and peace, y’all. Safety and peace.

— bex

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