Category Archives: CULTURE

Rejectors Are Princesses, Too (Princess Jellyfish)

Tsukimi and Shu in their final meetup, Princess Jellyfish Volume 16

“Why? Why am I so confused right now? A normal girl would be happy to hear those words (”Will you marry me?”), right? I’ve seen it over and over again in TV shows and manga. When the man proposes, the woman cries with happiness. So how come I’m not crying?”

For many of us who’ve have fallen in love with someone and tried to confess our love to that person, more often than not, we get rejected. After processing all the bad emotions associated with the rejection, we move on. There’s ton of advice on how to deal with rejection. But what if you were the one who did the rejecting? After finishing up Princess Jellyfish, I was reminded of the perspective of the person who has to put up with a love confession by someone they aren’t interested in.

Near the end of the series, Tsukimi Kurashita goes through an ordeal where she ends up at Singapore to study fashion in order to save her friends from being homeless. After Kuranosuke Koibuchi rescues and brings her back to Japan, Tsukimi runs into the one guy she was interested in from the start of the series, Shu Koibuchi, the older brother of Kuranosuke. Shu just came back from Italy to get a jellyfish ring there as a way to propose to Tsukimi. When Shu gets his big chance to propose to Tsukimi, Tsukimi doesn’t know what to think at all. After some deliberation, Tsukimi rejects Shu’s marriage proposal saying that she still has things she wants to do.

Throughout the early-to-mid parts of the series, there was a big focus on the potential romance between Tsukimi and Shu. Both had extremely different personalities, but they found out each other attractive and their inner strengths admirable through multiple dates. However, …continue reading

    

Odd Eyes: Self Portrait

odd eyes - self portrait

CD, KILIKILIVILLA, 2018

Self-Portrait by Odd Eyes is 25-minutes of breakneck hardcore punk, enlivened by skronky guitar deviations and rhythmical hiccups that make this Kyoto-based band one of the most interesting acts in the always lively Kansai scene right now. Odd Eyes are careful not to get stuck into a single groove for the duration of the the album though, and after a furious opening barrage that includes the albums two shortest songs, the sub-one-minute Just a Soul and Fictional Pause, they slow things down and draw things out long enough to unleash their inner Fugazi with the instrumental Microphone Justice and the emotionally fraught A One and a Two. Meanwhile, solo guitar instrumental, 0-do, throws in a curveball of a different sort, with its reverberating, icy textures, before the album veers back into its hardcore groove. It’s music that values energy over precision, but that’s also bubbling with ideas and invention. The copy I picked up from Jet Set Records in Kyoto also included a bonus CD-R featuring a 15-minute radio chat show with band members followed by a 50-minute DJ mix that throws Odd Eyes’ own music into some relief in how it leans so heavily towards folk, indiepop and lo-fi psychedelia rather than the punk influences you might expect.

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Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken Episode 7 Impression

Source: Supaku Blog
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On this episode, more of Shizue’s past origins gets revealed. Later, Rimuru and his allies fights against a berserk fire spirit.

Wow, seeing Shizue’s past is very dark and especially with her contracted fire spirit. Also, the battle between Ri,uru and the fire spirit was awesome. It’s just nice to see some of our male lead’s abilities introduced as he continues to adapt to bad situations (like Kirby). Other than that, I hope Shizue will become much better on the next episode. Now what’s going to be the next plot? Overall, more interesting dark past of Shizue and awesome fire spirit battle.

Conclusion: More interesting dark past of Shizue and awesome fire spirit battle. …continue reading

    

Kowa Danchi Offers a Renewed Vision of Housing Projects in Japan

After hundreds of years of living in wooden homes that were constantly prone to fire, danchi (団地) public housing projects emerged in the 1960s to cope with Japan’s rapid modernization and urbanization. Made from western materials and western designs, they sprung up in suburbs across Japan and drastically changed the lifestyle of millions who found […]

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Japan House London is Inspired by Traditional Elements of Japanese Homes

The Japan House project is a substantial initiative led by the Japanese government to establish hubs around the world – specifically, Los Angeles, Sao Paulo and London – that will showcase Japan via events, exhibitions, retail and food. Under the creative direction of Kenya Hara, different architects were appointed to design each of the hubs. […]

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