Happy New Year~

2016. This has been quite a year. So much has happened that I really do not know where to begin.

This year started out with me struck in limbo over whether I would get the scholarship to Japan or not. Without the result, I was unable to start anything else and the wait was driving me nuts. It also felt like this would be the last time that I could try for something so huge as this. It felt like if I did not move now, I would never be able to muster my strength up again. To say I was desperate is putting it lightly. And then David Bowie died. Bowie has been my hero for a long time and has helped me get through so much. I was devastated. I still miss him.

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My Top 15 Anime Of 2016 (because I cannot narrow it down to 10 >.<)

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15. Koutetsujou no Kabaneri

Though it got pretty cliche towards the end, I enjoyed the ride. The animation and music (of course, it is Sawano Hiroyuki) were fantastic and it is prefect for one-session-binge-watch! The trains were pretty cool! Although I’m still not sure what Biba was liberating; everyone’s souls from their bodies?

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My First J-Pop Concert – Kalafina Arena Live at Kobe

September 10, 2016. I attended my very first live concert…my very first J-Pop concert…and my very first Kalafina concert. So many firsts for one splendid evening!

Years ago, I fell in love with a song called Hoshikuzu, by the composer Kajiura Yuki and sung by FictionJunction. I had been watching anime for years before that, but this one song was so beautiful and so ethereal, that I wanted to understand what they were singing about by myself and not rely on lyrics I find. Sounds fleeting a motive, but it was what gave me the final push towards enrolling in Japanese classes, something I’ve been thinking about for a while but never taking the final step.

Yuki Kajiura would go on to form the group, Kalafina, who would sing some of the best songs I’ve ever come across and I’ve followed them and all their songs from the very beginning.

To be able to listen to them live was a wish that had always felt too much like a dream. But listening to the song, Hoshikuzu, starting to learn Japanese and falling in love with that infuriating and exquisite language brought me to Japan.

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We know how to collect the stardust from a yearning, lonely and sleepless night

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Bucket List: Summer Hanabi in Japan

Fireworks in summer is one of Japan’s most famous experiences. It is in every anime I’ve watched so far and it has been in my bucket-list forever.

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I’m in Japan right now; so I was definitely going to see hanabi. In summer, there are firework shows almost everyday, but I decided on the biggest show around my area, the Nishinippon Ohori Koen Fireworks Festival!

‘450,000 visited last year’ O_O Well then…

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A perfect day out….GODZILLA!

Today was perfect. Parks and castles (ruins anyway) and museums and godzilla and yakisoba and anime! Living the fangirl life!

Ohori Koen and Maizuru Koen are gorgeous and ridiculously huge parks, located right in the middle of the city! The number of people jogging and exercising in the sun was ridiculous though. I was sweating just sitting under a canopy.

Anyway, on to the best part….’Godzilla at the Museum: Creative Tracks of Daikaiju’ exhibit at the Fukuoka Art Museum!

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Visiting a Primary School in Japan

…and this awful, suffocating heat.

Today, I spent the day at a Primary School in Japan as a part of my course.To be honest, I wasn’t really looking forward to it, but I ended up having a grand day! The kids were so cute and so proper and really wonderful to be around! I had a bespectacled 11-year old boy as my guide for the day and I was basically dying from cuteness the whole time! And of course, I was comparing all the anime schools I’ve seen with the real one and internally squeeing!

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Golden Week in Japan

Golden Week in Japan in the one week which has 4 National Holidays (April 29, May 3, 4, 5) and is considered the most popular for traveling etc. I’ve been hearing about Golden Week for a long time but this year I actually spent it in Japan. \^_^/ I used it to travel and visit surrounding places around Fukuoka.

Here are the places that I visited during the golden week:

Friday, 29th April 
Dazaifu Shrine, Fukuoka (blog)
Kyushu National Musueum, Fukuoka (blog)

Saturday, 30th April
Tenjin, Fukuoka

Sunday, 1st May
Disaster Prevention Center, Fukuoka
Momochi Beach, Fukuoka

Monday, 2nd May
Uminonakamichi Seaside Park, Fukuoka (blog)

Tuesday, 3rd May
Suikyou Shrine, Fukuoka
Kushida Shrine, Fukuoka
Hakata Canal City, Fukuoka

Wednesday, 4th May
Kawachi Fujien Wisteria Gardens (blog)
Hakata Dontaku Parade, Fukuoka

Pretty good for a week, right? 😀