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Cat Town, Japan.

Listen up, y’all. I’m about to tell you guys about the #1 cat lady destination in Japan: Yanaka.

Yanaka is a neighborhood in Taitō Ward, Tokyo. It’s a super traditional part of town filled with winding alleys, shrines and meticulously maintained temples. It’s a lovely place, but today we’re here to focus on the thing that makes Yanaka a magnet for nerds like me: good good kitties.

You see, Yanaka is a neighborhood with a butt-ton of stray cats. This makes sense, since it’s basically cat heaven. The streets and alleys of Yanaka are essentially just a series of hidey holes and ideal sunning spots that happen to have humans running around. Thankfully these humans are quite appreciative of their feline overlords, which is why part of Yanaka has essentially just become cat themed. It’s honestly like the neighborhood has just agreed that this is their thing now.

The first cat-themed establishment we visited in Yanaka was Nekoemon, a café with a scant 13 seats that’s covered in cat decor. The special thing about this place is that they offer a set (for roughly $15USD) that includes a cat-shaped cookie, a coffee drink of your choice and a little unfinished maneki neko figurine. Why the figurine? ‘Cause you’re about to customize yourself a neko, my friend.

The owner asked customers to choose between figurines to attract either luck or money. We picked luck and got our maneki neko along with a full assortment of markers. The owner even set out a few already painted figurines to provide inspiration.

Aside from the novel figurine offer, the café also had genuinely delicious lunch sets. They weren’t cat themed (though they had plenty of dessert options that were), but it was healthy and extremely tasty. I honestly recommend Nekoemon on all fronts. 

Here’s my finished maneki neko. Followers of the blog may recognize him.

Nekoemon is great, but it isn’t even at the center of the cat madness. No, for that we’re headed to the shopping area: Yanaka Ginza.

Even if you don’t care about cats (in which case I’ve got to ask… why did you read this far?) this street is lovely. There are shops for handcrafted items, souveniers, sweets, savory foods and a lot more.

If you aren’t all sugared up from Nekoemon, you can always stop by Yanaka Shippoya, a shop that sells cat tail donuts. The donuts are named as cats would be rather than for their flavors, and they’re honestly very nice. We had a sesame camembert one that was lovely and not too sweet.

Donuts not your bag? You can always satisfy your sweet tooth with some maneki neko shaped taiyaki from Maneki-ya. Fluffy outside, rich and creamy inside. We got the matcha custard and red bean flavor and it did not disappoint.

Okay, so you’ve had enough sugar to last you a lifetime. Know what has no calories? Cat accessories. Yanaka Ginza has a bunch of shops that specialize in just… cat stuff. Cat jewelry? Check. Cat kitchenware? Check. Cat bento? Check. Cat bags? Dear heavenly lord, check. There’s even a store that specializes in making custom cat stamps. Seriously.

That’s just one tiny corner of just one shop. We visited 3, but saw more. Most of the shops had signs asking visitors to refrain from taking photos, so we kept the camera packed away. Honestly, I get it. These are shops best explored in person. It’s fun to see how the owner of each shop has a unique aesthetic and stocks totally different items (though there is certainly some overlap). You can tell these stores are curated by cat lovers.

Oh, and of course we can’t forget the feline residents themselves. When we first hit the area we saw zero cats. None. I was honestly really disappointed, but it turns out they were all hiding from the rain that started shortly after. Those kitty instincts served them well and kept them dry, and once the rain passed we suddenly saw little cat faces poking out all over.

This sweet girl roamed the cemetery and was the first kitty we met.

Shortly after we met a pair of housecats that chirped at us quite enthusiastically.

This orange boy said goodbye to us just before we left the area. 

In conclusion: if you love fluffbutts and toe beans and are near Tokyo, get thee to Yanaka. It’s a fantastic weekend day trip that isn’t crowded to the brim with tourists, the whole neighborhood has a relaxed and peaceful vibe, and you can come home decked out in cat stuff and filled with sugar. What more could you even want? 

anonymous asked:

Hey ! I found some kids clothes secondhand online with My Little Pony/Carebears/Hello Kitty cute designs which would be very nice for spank style/fairy kei, but the thing is, it's for kids. ;_; Do you know how I could use them ? I thought of cutting the design and sewing it on a sweat/t-shirt but I'm not sure how to do it, and I haven't seen a lot of DIY/examples... (and I would also feel a little bad to cut into clothes in good condition ;;) Thank you !

I’d recommend looing at Spank!’s sub-brand, Monascas Banana for DIY inspiration♪ They have sooo many cute items! Here are some examples:

All images from Spank!’s Yaplog

You can find tons more using the Monascas Banana tag on the official Spank! blog or by following the official Spank! instagram (*´▽`*)

A lot of people asked for this one (you all sinners), so I decided to took my time and made an animation. And that’s why it took me almost 3 week (so sorry for being late!)

I was going to colored it but photoshop is crashed on me tonight. So…maybe later…who knows. There are some obvious mistakes cause like…this is my 5th animation?but is a good practice and i actually enjoy doing them.

Kiss art challenge

(I’m not taking more requests, I’m just finishing the ones I’ve previously had)

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I mean, damn I can’t even right now. I didn’t know I had a type until I saw Jensen Ackles for the first time.

Jensen is 110% attractive all day everyday.

These are the single most attractive pictures of him I have ever laid my eyes on.

Those green eyes, that hair, that scruff, those arms, those shoulders, that body. Good Lord Almighty.

Lars sticking his finger into James’ ear while James is holding a beer can on his head and Jason is imitating a tin soldier between them, all in front of the Eiffel tower.
Because of course.

I meant to do this ages ago when I finished the game, but here are some of my favorite atmospheric screenshots from Dreamfall Chapters:

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Some weeks ago it was announced Madhouse would have an art exhibition to say goodbye to the Hunter x Hunter anime and today I went to check it out myself.

Asagaya’s Anime Street is a very small but discreet and stylish street located directly beneath the tracks of the JR Chuo Sobu line, a mere 5 minute walk from the Asagaya Station.

Madhouse’s locale was located near the end of the street and it was very small in size, as in the locale couldn’t have been bigger than 5 metres wide and 3 meters tall, yet the size clearly proved no impediment. The Hunter x Hunter exhibit showcased some production art along with most of the merchandise that has been produced for the Madhouse version of the series.

They had a “second floor” (which was more of a small platform over the register than anything) with an animation desk that had some production sketches and doodles over it. Photos were not allowed, though.

Also, they have an offer in which if you spend more than ¥2,000 on merchandise they give you a copy of one of the exhibited animation key frames as a “free gift”. Since I bought the “best of” music compilation CD I was offered a copy too. It was REALLY tough to decide but I ended up settling for the Alluka and Killua picture from the last opening because omg cuties. <3

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The exhibition was small but definitely worth the train ride!

All photos were taken with permission of the store clerk (who was a really rad guy!) Also, next weekend there will be a Hunter x Hunter only event held in Akihabara. Of course I’m planning to attend it and take pictures so I can share them over here as well :D

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Haru Ishikawa.


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anonymous asked:

May I ask, when you write about the President Jocelyn Marowisk, are her looks based on someone specific, like an actress? if so, who? also i'm really glad you are continuing the stumbling is not falling series <3

O’meng, no one specific, but if I had to choose I’d probably say Julianne Moore from Hunger Games

And, to go with this inquiry of who I picture when writing original characters, I have her twin sons; Ian Somerhalder as Colonel Jackson Marowisk, and Chace Crawford as Peter Marowisk. 

Aramis Knight as Washington kom Trigedakru.

Aaaand! Last but not least! As Daxon the gorgeous Aldis Hodge.