Makoto Tachibana (CV: Suzuki Tatsuhisa)
A 2nd year in high school who is both Haruka’s childhood friend and best friend. He understands Haruka very well and often speaks in his place. With his gentle and sympathetic personality, he is the tallest among the five, but has a cowardly side as well. In middle school, he joined the same swim club as Haruka but also dropped out when Haruka quit the club. Ever since then, he tiptoes around Haruka on the subject of swimming, choosing not to touch upon it, but when Nagisa joins their high school, the swim club is founded and Makoto becomes its captain on Nagisa’s recommendation. At their training camp, he is saved by Haruka when he almost drowns in the ocean, and in that moment he reveals the feeling he had kept inside until then, about how he wants to swim with Haruka one more time. After that, he continues to watch over Haruka and the others, and in the prefectural tournament finals, he swims once more with Haruka, Rin, and the others.

"Being able to swim with Haru… with everyone, made me happy."

-Makoto’s gaze often focuses on Haruka, whose unreliable existence needs a lot of looking after. From seeing how he immediately notices when something has occurred to Haruka, you can tell just how much the weight of Haruka is on Makoto’s mind.

Translation: great-blaster
Credits: uchi-uchi

From: Spoon 2Di vol.42 October 2013

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There was a live Ojiya with the following members: Tomu, Juri, Ryouka, Yuria, Okada Nana, Miki, Mion, Sayaya  and Satou Shiori.
There also was a handshake event for Labrador Retriever in Makomanai, in the Hokkaido prefecture, where another step for the Ore no yome Tournament was held. This time the members had to arrange a male clothes coordinate and those who participated are:

Some Things to Keep in Mind while on The JET Program
  • Your job may not be how you imagined it - I had this come to Jesus moment about it last contract year - you can read all about it here 

  • There are usually two conferences a year (at least in my prefecture) - an orientation conference and a mid-year “skills development” conference. These are often fun and informative and a nice break from work. TBH I get more out of these conferences and I feel way more refreshed afterwards and ready to take on the next half of the year. Just because you think you don’t need these conferences, doesn’t mean they’re a waste of time. 

  • More often than not, the way Japanese bureaucracy works, you will be required to pay for travel expenses out of pocket and be reimbursed at a later date… my school currently owes me close to $400. I usually get a giant mass reimbursement once every 3 months. You are warned about this before hand, budget accordingly… yes it sucks. 

  • JET is temporary, don’t take it too seriously and have fun with it. Yes it is a job, but its not worth stressing out about. Relax.

Okada Nana [Google+]
2014.10.23 22:24

今日は
Today,

新潟県小千谷市を
訪問させていただきました!
I was allowed to visit
Ojiya
in Nigata prefecture!


10年前の今日
中越大震災があったと…
That there was the great
Chuuetsu earthquake 
10 years ago today…

今日の活動に
参加させていただくことになったとき知りました
I especially got to know about it
through getting to participate in today’s activities



復興はだいぶ
進んでいると聞いたのですが
Although I heard that
the reconstruction is making great progress


これからも
私達に出来ることは
I wanna go
and do whatever


なんでもやっていきたいです!
we can in the future, too!


今日のライブで
About 3000 people

約3000人の
方が来てくださって
came to see
today’s live and


沢山の子どもたちの
笑顔を見ることが出来て
being able to see the
smiling faces of a lot of children


とっても
幸せを感じました…♥
made me
feel very happy…♥




来てくださった皆さん
ありがとうございました!
Thank you very much,
everyone who came!

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Nagao Mariya G+ 2014/10/23

おはよ
'morning

起きれた( ´ ▽ ` )ノ
I succeeded to wake up ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ

そして
And

雨(´・ω・`)。
it’s raining (´・ω・`)。

今日は宮崎県で全国ツアー!
Today I have the national tour in the prefecture of Miyazaki!

NGO

 

宮崎〜!
Miyazaki〜!

たーのしかったぁぁぁ
It was funnn

ニコ生配信になったみたいだけど
みなさんみてましたー??
It seems it’s been transmitted on Nico-sei
did you all watch it~??

NGO

 

Nagao Mariya Twitter 2014/10/23

宮崎県ありがとうございました!ユニット里英さんとアボカドじゃねーしやりました🍒🍐🍌🍓
#りえやぎ 
Prefecture of Miyazaki, thank you very much! My unit was Avocado janeeshi with Rie-san  🍒🍐🍌🍓
#RieYagi

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"Conan town, Tottori Prefecture in Japan, is a small town facing the Sea of ​​Japan, is the author Aoyama Gang Chang hometown. You can walk around the town and see the figure of Conan everywhere. Conan Avenue, Conan Bridge, even road signs, signs, bronze reliefs, covers are all with Conan as the theme. It is the world’s "Conan fans" pilgrimage!" 

- Ena Rafie (Pinterest)

oshiri-sisters said:

Oh, along with the fact that most prefectures have age of consent set at 18 or around there, ALL prefectures outlaw "fornication" between persons under 18. Fornication basically = sex out of wedlock or without parental permission... And the marriageable age in Japan is 16 I think (with parental permission, 20 without).

Well damn I’ve learned something new today

Mutou Tomu G+ 2014/10/23

こんばんは~☆
Good evening~☆

今日は新潟県の小千谷市を訪問させていただきました。
Today I visited the city of Ojiya in the prefecture of Niigata.

中越地震から10年、、
10 years after the earthquake…

今日はAKB48でライブをさせてもらったのですが、皆さんの笑顔を見ることができて本当に嬉しかったです!
Today I performed a live as AKB48, it made me really happy to see the smiles of you all!

短い間でしたが、皆さんと一緒に楽しい時間を過ごすことができて幸せでした☆
It was a short time, but the time I spent with you all has been a happy moment ☆

私たちにできることは限られているかもしれないけれど、できることをこれからも全力で続けていきたいと思います。
What we can do is limited but from now on too we’ll keep to do what we can do with all our strength.

写真はteam8の佐藤栞ちゃんと(^o^)!
The pic is with Team 8’s Satou Shiori-chan (^o^)!

みんながずっと笑顔でいられますように…☆
I hope you all will keep smile… ☆

When people hear that the age of consent in Japan is 13 and don’t do further research and use it as a way to call Japanese culture gross and creepy it irritates me.

Do your research. There’s much more to the laws (especially prefectural laws) than that.

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Long Term Exposure of Mating Gold Fireflies

Japanese photographer Yuki Karo goes to various places around Maniwa and Okayama Prefectures in Japan and uses long exposure photography to capture some stunning shots of mating gold fireflies.

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