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[PLACE] St. Juuban Church.

Series: Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon

Kana: 聖十番教会
Romaji: Sei Juuban Kyoukai

Type: Place of worship
Location: Azabu-Juuban, Minato Ward, Tokyo, Japan
First appearance: Act 17
Last appearance: Act 18

TRIVIA

  • In reality, the scenes featuring this church were filmed at Grande Patio Takasaki in the city of Takasaki, which is located in the Gunma Prefecture.
  • Due to venue issues, Rei’s mother’s burial site was moved from this church to another location in Act 34.

anonymous asked:

Congratulations! Will you be teaching English? I lived in Gunma prefecture for a year after I finished university. Wonderful experience!

i’ll be managing advertising for a language school in tsuyama! i am beyond excited, there aren’t enough words in the english language to express my enthusiasm for this

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四万温泉の積善館
Sekizenkan, Gunma-prefecture, Japan

久しぶりの千と千尋、
やっぱり面白い^_^

湯屋のモデルとも言われる宿。
歴史ある建物の中での
カオナシのイベントが
雰囲気ありすぎてちょっと怖かった記憶が💧

この日はめっちゃ暑くて、
四万川の冷たい清流が
とっても心地よかったです。
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It’s said that the Ryokan (Japanese-style inn) became the stage of “Spirited Away” directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
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(01/20/2017)

character profile

Charater Profiles

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



Hijiribe Ruri



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
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The Subaru Matsuri

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). 

on a more positive note

  • i had a long conversation with a cab driver and only fucked up a few times (his name was Matsumoto and he hailed from Gunma prefecture, which he insisted is home to the best onsen in the world)
  • in Japan you can buy about sixteen thousand different flavors of soymilk, including peach, kiwi, plum and kinako (that roasted powdery stuff you see on mochi). all of them are amazing
  • Yodobashi Camera in Shinjuku will apparently let you try on basically any pair of headphones or earbuds you want
  • i raided the 100-yen section of a Book Off five minutes before closing and found a set of matching N2 practice books and an introductory Korean book for Japanese-speakers