A modern pair of ornate hina dolls dressed in costumes made with silk from Gunma Prefecture. Gunma is known for silk production; the first mechanized silk mill in Japan was built in Tomioka, Gunma Prefecture during the early Meiji Period.
Here’s the promised compilation of all character profile card translations! Enjoy.
Ryuugamine Mikado (DVD Vol.1)
Height: 165cm Weight: 50kg Birthday: March 21st Blood Type: O Hobby: Internet surfing Favorite subject: Information technology Least favorite subject: Physical education Foods he likes: Skewer-grilled chicken in miso sauce Foods he dislikes: Anything that’s too hard. Favorite saying: “Supreme rule of life is to adapt without compromising.” - Georg Simmel (German philosopher)
Kida Masaomi (DVD Vol.2)
Height: 170cm Weight: 60kg Birthday: June 19th (“the Day of Romance” in Japan) Blood Type: A Hobby: Picking up girls Favorite subject: English Least favorite subject: History Foods he likes: Anything as long as it’s a meal with girls Foods he dislikes: Everything if it’s a meal with just guys Favorite saying: “Love is a leveller.”
Sonohara Anri (DVD Vol.3)
Height: 152cm Weight: ……。 Birthday: Oct. 31st Blood Type: O Hobby: Looking at paintings Favorite subject: Physical education Least favorite subject: Music (but she’s not bad at it) Foods she likes: Crabs Foods she dislikes: Raw meat Favorite saying: “A friend is a second self.” - Aristotle
Orihara Izaya (DVD Vol.4)
Height: 175cm Weight: 58kg Birthday: May 4th (which means he was stabbed on his birthday in Vol.6.) Blood Type: O Hobby: Human observation Things he likes: Humans, humans, humans Things he dislikes: Heiwajima Shizuo, eyes of dead fish Foods he likes: Any food that tells him something about the personality of the one who prepared it. Foods he dislikes: Canned food, compressed food, junk food, etc. Favorite saying: “It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.” - Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan
Heiwajima Shizuo (DVD Vol.5)
Height: 185cm Weight: 70kg Blood Type: O Birthday: Jan. 28th Hobby: Basking in the sun Things he likes: Running brooks, watching martial artists fight Things he dislikes: Orihara Izaya, violence, gambling Foods he likes: Milk, all dairy products, desserts/sweet things in general Foods he dislikes: Anything that’s bitter, beer (his preferences are like a kid’s as far as taste’s concerned) Favorite saying: “Peace”
Kishitani Shinra (DVD Vol.6)
Height: 178cm Weight: 60kg Blood Type: AB Birthday: April 2nd Hobbies: Dissecting, games, Celty Things he likes: Everything about Celty, proverbs/idioms Things he dislikes: Abstinence Foods he likes: Three-five-eight marinaded sandfish, Celty’s cooking Foods he dislikes: Fat in meat Favorite saying: “Neither doctors nor the Kusatsu Hot Springs* can cure the illness called love.” and every positive proverb about love.
* Kusatsu Hot Springs (草津温泉) is a hot spring resort located in Gunma Prefecture, Japan, northwest of Tokyo. The springs became one of the best known of such locations after the water there was recommended for its health benefits by Erwin von Baelz, a German doctor.
Celty Sturluson (DVD Vol.7)
Height: 174cm (with helmet) Weight: ??? Birthday: ? (Shinra: “Let’s just celebrate it every day, then!”) Blood Type: Unknown (but her temperament is close to that of an O-type human) Hobbies: All games, watching television, Internet surfing Things she likes: Shinra, her horse (Shooter) Things she dislikes: Supernatural phenomena that have to do with aliens Foods she likes: [Are you making fun of me?] Foods she dislikes: [You are, right?] Favorite saying: “[That person] loves me…and how precious I have become to myself.” - Goethe, Sorrows of Young Werther
Kadota Kyohei (DVD Vol.8)
Height: 183cm Weight: 74kg Birthday: Sept. 15th Blood Type: B Hobbies: Reading, ink and wash paintings Things he likes: Company, hot springs, watching baseball games Things he dislikes: Fiendish deeds Foods he likes: Sushi, soba with tempura, green tea Foods he dislikes: Nothing in particular, but he’s not very skilled with forks and knives. Favorite saying: “When you are standing at the batter’s box of life, don’t get struck out!” - Kobayashi Shigeru (professional baseball player)
Yumasaki Walker (DVD Vol.9)
Height: 174cm Weight: 55kg Birthday: Jan. 23rd Blood Type: A Hobbies: Everything fictional (including games, movies, etc.), anime songs, ice carving Things he likes: Make-believe, vision, fantasizing, wishful thinking, daydreaming Things he dislikes: Censorship of expression Foods he likes: Manga meat* Foods he dislikes: “I can’t afford to be picky about food if I’m going to end up in the 2D world one day! So I’ll eat anything, even insects!” Favorite saying: “I’m glad you asked! I’ll start from the titles beginning with an ‘A'…(and he went on to cite over 100 sayings from anime and manga as well as those by mangaka and anime producers, which we will omit here.)”
* Manga meat: a meat primarily seen in comedic manga and anime, typically depicted as a big piece of meat covering a thick bone.
Karisawa Erika (DVD Vol.10)
Height: 160cm Weight: Equal to 19 Super Deluxe Illustration Books (Limited Edition!) Birthday: Nov. 3rd Blood Type: B Hobbies: Everything fictional (including games, movies, etc.), anime songs, cosplaying, crafting things with silver Things she likes: Being other people’s “cosplay producer” Things she dislikes: People who jump to the conclusion that bad things happen because of manga or anime without actually giving it a thought Foods she likes: Honey toast served at a certain karaoke place Foods she dislikes: Alcohol Favorite saying: “You’re never really done for, as long as you’ve got a good story and someone to tell it to.” - “The Legend of 1900”
Togusa Saburo (DVD Vol.11)
Height: 166cm Weight: 57kg Birthday: July 30th Blood Type: A Hobbies: Cheering for idols (Hijiribe Ruri), driving Things he likes: Hijiribe Ruri, his own van Things he dislikes: People who scratch his van, the anti-Hijiribe Ruri lot Foods he likes: Ramen Foods he dislikes: Anything that’s likely to get spilled inside his van. Favorite saying: “Idol-chasing? No. There’s no need for us to chase Ruri-chan because to us, Ruri-chan is the world itself. We do what we do to thank the world.” - President of the Official Fan Club of Hijiribe Ruri (by the way, Togusa is one of the three Vice Presidents.)
Simon Brezhnev (DVD Vol.12)
Height: 220cm Weight: 129kg Birthday: May 5th Blood Type: O Hobby: River fishing Things he likes: Japanese culture, “Messrs. Managers"* who are generous with money Things he dislikes: Fights, customers who run away without paying their bills Foods he likes: Wasabi Foods he dislikes: “Oh - it’s no good to dislike food. You dislike something, you put it on rice, it transform into sushi. Good for eat.” Favorite saying: “Любишь кататься, люби и саночки возить. (If you like to sled, you have to enjoy pulling the sleigh.)” - Russian proverb
* “Mr. Manager”: “Shachou-san”, in the series Simon calls many male adult customers this (probably because he thinks it’s a universally flattering way of referring to them), to which Kadota replied: “I’m not a manager!”
Heiwajima Kasuka (Hanejima Yuuhei) (DVD Vol.13)
Height: 177cm Weight: 62kg Blood Type: O Birthday: Feb. 22nd (Cat’s Day in Japan) Hobbies: All sports, fishing, billiard, darts, horse riding, investments, collecting automobiles, going to the theater, going to the movies, painting, calligraphy, home carpentry, table magic, aikido, flying small planes, flower arrangement, et cetera. Things he likes: Cats (e.g. the cat he keeps, Yuigadokusonmaru) Things he dislikes: Judging a person based on rumors alone Foods he likes: Homemade curry rice, pudding, dairy products Foods he dislikes: Chewing gum (He doesn’t know how long he should chew it before he can throw it away) Favorite saying: “With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion.” - Edgar Allan Poe
Hijiribe Ruri (DVD Vol.13)
Height: 162cm Weight: 42kg Blood Type: Unknown Birthday: Sept. 27th (Though on the faux wiki in Vol.4 it says she was born on Aug. 8th.) Hobbies: Collecting figurines of monsters, beasts and curious human beings Things she likes: Cats, family, singing, movies with monsters in them, special makeup Things she dislikes: Her own weaknesses, direct summer sunlight Foods she likes: Liver sashimi, foods rich in iron content Foods she dislikes: Foods that have garlic in them Favorite saying: “Solitude is a good place to visit, but a poor place to stay.” - Henry Wheeler Shaw
Kasuka’s & Ruri’s profiles
Heiwajima Kasuka (Hanejima Yuuhei)
Height: 177cm Weight: 62kg Blood Type: O Birthday: Feb. 22nd (Today!) Hobbies: All sports, fishing, billiard, darts, horse riding, investments, collecting automobiles, going to the theater, going to the movies, painting, calligraphy, home carpentry, table magic, aikido, flying small planes, flower arrangement, et cetera. Things he likes: Cats (e.g. the cat he keeps, Yuigadokusonmaru) Things he dislikes: Judging a person based on rumors alone Foods he likes: Homemade curry rice, pudding, dairy products Foods he dislikes: Chewing gum (He doesn’t know how long he should chew it before he can throw it away) Favorite saying:“With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion.” - Edgar Allan Poe
Height: 162cm Weight: 42kg Blood Type: Unknown Birthday: Sept. 27th (Though on the faux wiki in Vol.4 it says she was born on Aug. 8th.) Hobbies: Collecting figurines of monsters, beasts and curious human beings Things she likes: Cats, family, singing, movies with monsters in them, special makeup Things she dislikes: Her own weaknesses, direct summer sunlight Foods she likes: Liver sashimi, foods rich in iron content Foods she dislikes: Foods that have garlic in them Favorite saying:“Solitude is a good place to visit, but a poor place to stay.” - Henry Wheeler Shaw
I happen to live in the home-town of Subaru; Ota-City, which is situated in Gunma-Prefecture. Several times a year a festival is held at one of the three main Subaru factories in the city. Back in May I went to the Oizumi Spring Matsuri.
When you hear the term ‘Subaru Matsuri’, you might picture some kind of late night ‘Subie’ meet with street racing, neon lights and lots and lots of ‘stance’. This event couldn’t be further from that. It’s a family event with food stands, kids entertainment and tours of the factories and is a time for the locals to learn about the company that brings so much industry to their small city.
Among food stands selling shaved ice, yaki-soba and takoyaki were small merchandise stands selling caps, shirts, stickers, stationery, mini-cars and pretty much anything a Subaru lover could ever wish for.
I took a tour of the main engine factory where engines are assembled for Legacys, Imprezas and BRZs all over the world, but unfortunately I wasn’t allowed to take photos in there. I was also taken for a drive around the factory grounds in a new Impreza WRX STI and got to take a close look at Subaru’s Works Super GT BRZ race car (More photos of that coming soon).