Category Archives: CULTURE

Yopparai (Drunk) Figurine Capsule Toys Remind You of Your Bad Decisions

We’ve all seen them. And perhaps we’ve been them? The man or woman who has had a few too many drinks, and is now at that place of no return, where they’re regretting all their bad decisions that led to this. Now, Japanese toy maker Tama-Kyu has come out with a series of capsule figurines […]

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Yoshihiro Suda’s Intimate, Wood-Carved Flowers

Japanese artist Yoshihiro Suda creates hyper-realistic sculptures of plants and flowers in the tradition of Japanese woodcarving. Born and raised near the foot of Mt. Fuji, Suda had been immersed in an environment of rich nature, which went on to inspire his work after moving to Tokyo in the 1990s. The skilled artist’s craft work […]

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10 Years of Manga Therapy


Today is a very special day as it’s the 10th year of this blog. Yeah, it’s been that long.

I think back to what the manga world was like 10 years ago. I remember how huge Naruto, BLEACH, and One Piece were to fans in 2010 and now we have a new generation of Jump series to follow (My Hero Academia, Demon Slayer, etc.) today. I remember how the manga industry decided to take steps to deal with scanlations in the start of the decade albeit they were very weak attempts. Now there’s better digital manga services with more to come. I remember how the closing of Borders bookstores hurt manga in the U.S. and in 2013, the 1st season the Attack on Titan anime’s success gave the U.S. manga industry new life. Today, I see so much manga series I heard about online in bookstores.

What hasn’t changed over the past 10 years is the perception of watching anime compared to reading manga. Reading still feels frowned upon as a leisure activity. Many fans prefer watching anime since visuals and voices are they’re often easier to follow. There are attempts to get anime fans to read manga as anime adaptations still drive manga sales overseas. What I would like to try and do is come up with some ideas on how to get interested fans started on reading manga and go on to become lifelong readers of it.

It’s easy to think about all the changes I’ve seen in manga, but I want to talk about my own changes over the past 10 years.

I still remember when I first started the blog, I made 2 serious posts along with a few quotes. Then I made a post stating my commitment to take the blog seriously. I wanted to …continue reading


Reconnect With Nature at the Newly Renovated Ryugon in Uonuma

Ryugon is a 50-year old ryokan nestled within the mountains of Minami-Uonuma (Niigata prefecture). Two hours by train from Tokyo, it’s a region known for rice and sake production but also heavy snowfall. A recent renovation, subtractive in nature, set out to strip the pre-existing fortress like elements that, in their bid to keep the […]

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Isekai Quartet 2 Episode 7 Impression

Source: Supaku Blog

On this episode, the school prepares for physical examinations. Meanwhile, Pandora’s Actor talks to the students.

So I really like Ram’s adorable smug faces in certain scenes. Also, it was hilarious to see Pandora’s Actor talk to the students and spread Ainz’s embarrassing former taste to someone like Megumin. Other than that, there’s some more nice comedy fan services. Now what’s going to be the next plot? I can’t wait to find out. Overall, more hilarious interactions and adorable Ram smug faces. …continue reading