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anonymous asked:

Hi! How are you? I saw the pictures of your previous trip to Japan. They are awesome. I plan to visit Kyoto this April and I would like to ask which Shinsengumi related places are worth the visit? Are there any places where I can buy Hakuouki related things? Last year I watched the whole Hakuouki anime series (all of the seasons, movies, specials) and I became a fan and I would like to visit the places which were mentioned in the anime. As you were there in April was it crowded? Best wishes, Éva

Thank you! I didn’t post nearly enough of them, honestly, I have so much more to talk about because the whole experience was just… completely surreal, but what is time? 

There are books dedicated to touring Japan to visit significant sites relating to the Shinsengumi, including two Hakuouki ones (one of which JUST came out). Of course, the biggest issue is that this information is all in Japanese and that’s something you’re going to come up against if you want to visit these places. You definitely don’t have to understand Japanese (I’ve heard of people managing) but it honestly helps.

My personal trip started in Tokyo, then we went down to Kyoto, back up North to Aizu-Wakamatsu and then onto Hakodate. We really just focused on many of the big spots but there’s just so much to cover, two weeks was never going to be enough, especially as it was my friend’s first time in Japan too so we had other things to do. 

As to the crowds, being hanami (cherry blossom viewing) season Tokyo and Kyoto were crowded, but I feel like that’s always a thing since it’s Japan, but the more you go off the beaten path, and the Shinsengumi sites kind of are off the beaten path, it’s not so bad. Aizu and Hakodate are definitely not as crowded, especially with foreign tourists. My friend and I were definitely standouts.

As far as being able to buy Hakuouki related goods, if it’s related to the Shinsengumi your chances of finding Hakuouki things to buy is high but it really depends on the location. I had the best luck in Kyoto, Aizu, and Hakodate since… they’re kind of big Shinsengumi hot spots, but we didn’t spend a lot of time in Tokyo for me to really go looking for stuff there. (I will say there is a disappointing lack of stuff in the Animates I went to.) I’ll be going back in April and focusing more on the sites in Tokyo so I’ll have to report back on that.

Here’s some of the major highlights of my trip that might be most worth noting:

**Warning: Long post is long! Click the location names for relevant links!**

Tokyo

Hijikata Toshizou Museum

The Hijikata family residence where Hijikata’s family resided during his lifetime has evolved to include a museum. Since the site is still a private residence, the added on museum is only open during certain days of the year. Typically two Sundays each month. Hino is considered part of greater Tokyo, but it’s quite a hike from the city itself. This is one of those places you have to be prepared to go to and spend a good chunk of your day at. The museum is small and you won’t be there long but it’s a wonderful place to go. The family runs it and is very pleasant to visit with. This is also where you would go to see Hijikata’s beloved sword, Izuminokami Kanesada. 

Sekiden-ji

Being that Hino is Hijikata’s hometown, there’s more than just the museum to visit. Just a few minutes journey from the museum is the Sekiden-ji or Sekiden Temple which is one of at least four places, I believe, with a grave for Hijikata. It’s a temple with a cemetery, containing many members of the Hijikata family, so it’s important to be respectful but it’s easy to find the stone marker and the grave itself is nearby. 

Hino also has a big Shinsengumi festival every year in May. One of these days I’m going to go to it. 

It’s good to wander around the city a bit. There’s so many houses with the Hijikata name plate and it’s clear this town is proud of it’s famous historical figure. I’m looking forward to going back and exploring it more on my own to see what I missed last time.

Itabashi - Kondou Isami’s Grave Marker

Itabashi is where Kondou was executed and after the war was over, Nagakura Shinpachi built the grave to memorialize the commander in 1876. Hijikata’s name is also inscribed on the stone pillar. Nearby is also a grave for Shinpachi as well. It’s a straight shot from Itabashi station so it’s not too difficult to find. The grave honestly is a memorial to the entirety of the Shinsengumi, but being that this is where Kondou was executed, it has special significance for that reason.

Other places to visit in Tokyo, that I intend to visit when I go back this year, include: 

Shieikan dojo - There’s nothing much remaining here beyond a stone marker, but this is the origin of the Shinsengumi and worth visiting.
Ryuugen-ji - Kondou’s body was brought here (sans his head) after his execution and buried. 
Imado Shrine - This site is primarily famous for being the birthplace of the manekineko or ‘lucky cats’ but it’s also significant for being the site of the hospital where Okita Souji was supposed to be recovering from tuberculosis. It’s not his grave or where he actually died though.
Sensou-ji - But his grave is close at the famous Sensou-ji, however, it is only open one day a year.
Chofu/Mitaka City - Birthplace of Kondou Isami and many members of the Shinsengumi. 
Kashio Bridge - Former site of the Battle of Koushuu-Katsunuma, the battle the followed the Battle of Toba-Fushimi and Kondou Isami’s last battle before his execution.

Kyoto

Mibudera / Yagi House

One of the sites of the Shinsengumi’s headquarters, these two places are a must see. The nice thing is that once you find one, the other is right down the same road, practically around the corner. You’ll see big “makoto” banners that signify they’re Shinsengumi sites. The Yagi House does do tours but they will not be in English (hopefully you get the nice man with the strong Kansai accent–he’s super nice). After the tour you get to go to the little shop that’s out in front for some tea and a treat as part of paying for a ticket for the tour. There’s a little garden in Mibudera that you pay 100 yen to get into but that’s where all the statues and memorials are that are the highlight. Including this really neat prayer board:

Nishi Honganji

The second headquarters of the Shinsengumi. It’s HUGE and it’s beautiful. Definitely worth a visit. Seriously, my pictures do not do the size of this place justice. It was immense. No wonder the squad wanted to relocate here. 

Ikeda Inn/Hana no Mai Restaurant

Now the site of the Hana no Mai Ikeda Inn branch but there’s a stone marker outside that states that this is the site where the Ikeda Inn used to stand. You need to make reservations but worth it for a good meal and where I drank my way through the Hakuouki Shinsengumi XD

Nijo Castle

Nijo Castle is a good place to visit just because it’s Kyoto and it’s where the Shogun lived when he was being protected by the Shinsengumi. As I recall it’s the site in the Hakuouki game where Kazama and the other demons reveal themselves to Chizuru while the Shinsengumi are guarding the Shogun.

Sanjo Bridge

We weren’t able to make it here, being on a time crunch, but it is near the castle. A site that is also famous to the Shinsengumi and all of Kyoto in general. This is the bridge where the notice was that Sano protected in Hakuouki. It’s also said that there’s a sword wound on one of the pillars on the east side from the Ikeda Inn Incident. 

Shimabara

Our ryokan was here so we got kind of an intimate experience of the area but it’s a nice little area to explore if you have the chance. The infamous red light district, this is where many men, the Shinsengumi included, would go to relax and drink off-duty. The entrance gate is kind of the major tourist attraction but this is where you can find the Sumiya.

Sumiya

This is the ageya famous for being visited frequently by Serizawa Kamo and the location where Hijikata and Kondou got Serizawa drunk before later assassinating him at the Yagi House. It’s also the oldest remaining example of an ageya still in existence. There’s sword marks inside made by Serizawa on the first and second floor. You need to make a reservation to see the second floor but it’s so worth it. We weren’t allowed to take pictures inside (which is pretty typical) but there’s one room that is just covered all over with inlaid mother of pearl and it’s just insane. And they still don’t know how they did it! 

You are allowed to take pictures on the first floor and this is supposedly one of the sword marks from Serizawa:

Our ryokan was literally two houses down from this site and when I realized where we were I might have had an emotional freak out… >_>

There’s soooo many places in Kyoto though, one day I hope to go back and find the others that I know we missed. Fun side-story, one of the things one of my friends wanted to do what do some Shinsengumi cosplay, so he found us a shop that did it and on our last day in Kyoto we dressed up and got to visit the Mibudera in our outfits, it was pretty embarrassing but I’m glad we did it XD

Here, have a picture:

Ironically, it was the one day in our stay that it was RAINING LIKE CRAZY -_-

Aizu-Wakamatsu

Tsuruga-jou (Tsuruga Castle) aka Aizu-Wakamatsu Castle

When Saitou talks about defending Aizu, this is the castle at the center of it all. Tsuruga Castle was the home of Lord Matsudaira Katamori, who is the man responsible for sponsoring the Shinsengumi in the first place. He is the man that they feel indebted to and is basically the man they answered to, ultimately, and this is where he and his family resided. And for me, this is where my fascination with this period in history started, so naturally I had to go back. The original castle had been so riddled artillery fire during the Battle of Aizu, that it was demolished by the new government in 1874. The tenshu, the largest tower of the castle, was reconstructed in 1965 and currently houses a museum on the inside. It really is a must-see for anyone interested in the Bakumatsu and the Shinsengumi. 

Iimori-yama (Iimori Hill) / Byakko-tai Memorial

The Byakko-tai was a squadron of young teenage boys from the Aizu domain that fought to defend Tsuruga Castle and the city of Aizu during the Battle of Aizu. They were fighting along with the remnants of the Shinsengumi that stayed behind (such as Saitou), perhaps not directly though under the same banner of Aizu, but tragically, when the boys saw Tsuruga Castle burning they assumed the castle had fallen and each committed ritual suicide on the hill. While the castle would eventually fall, the tragedy is the boys’ death was premature. At the top of a long path of stairs climbing up the side of the hill (mountain? Feels like a mountain lol) is the memorial dedicated to them. This was the site where I really felt my first interest in the Bakumatsu and the Boshin War blossoming, so while not exactly a Shinsengumi site per se, it’s still related history and worth visiting. 

Hakodate

Goryoukaku

The famous site of the last battle of the Boshin War. Goryoukaku fort is where Hijikata retreats with what remains of the pro-Shogunate forces when they flee to Hokkaido, at the time called Ezo. Now the site is a park that is infamous for it’s gorgeous cherry blossoms. I was sad that unfortunately we were there a little too soon for the cherry blossoms but practically all the trees on the site are cherry blossom trees so when they are in full bloom it is quite a site I’m told. 

The Magistrate’s Office (lower picture) was only recently rebuilt as a museum over the site of the original office and is the location of Hijikata and Chizuru’s infamous kiss in Hakuouki ;) Though in reality it is the last stand of Hijikata and his beleaguered men. Walking through it is rather incredible as much detail was put into the restoration and one of the rare sites that lets you take pictures throughout the interior. They had DVDs for sale that went through the details and the lengths that they went through to reconstruct the Magistrate’s Office and it is beyond fascinating, I purchased a copy and hope to be able to share it some day.

Goryoukaku Tower

Not necessarily a Shinsengumi site historically speaking but if you want a nice aerial view of Goryoukaku Fort this is where you want to go. Also, personally, there’s two wonderful Hijikata statues here that are worth seeing, and a whole blow-by-blow of the Battle of Hakodate that’s really neat and that I have pictures of that I hope to share at some point.

Shomyo-ji (Shomyo Temple) / Memorial Monument for Hijikata Toshizou and the Shinsengumi

Here’s a description taken from the sign on site:

“After joining Enomoto’s army, Toshizo Hijikata (deputy leader of Shinsengumi) was killed in the battle of Hakodate. Opinions are divided regarding the exact location of his burial; Ippongi in Wakamatsu-cho, Tsuruoka-cho, or Eikokubashi in Jujigai. A record taken from the Kongoji Temple in Hino, Hijikata’s hometown in present-day suburban Tokyo, only noted that Hijikata’s memorial monument was erected in Shomyoji Temple in Hakodate. The monument did not survive three fires during the Meiji era, and the present monument was erected in 1973 by volunteers. 

Four others names of Shinsengumi members’, whose tombstones in Shomyoji Temple were destroyed during a typhoon in 1953, were also engraved on the monument.”

Monument Marking the Site of Hijikata’s Death

Located in front of a rather normal office building, this was the end of our pilgrimage, which I’m not a religious person necessarily but the weight of standing here and having come so far, I cried. Finding this was a little difficult but we had managed to get lucky and when I explained to our taxi driver why we were there and what we were doing and he literally drove us to our last two destinations pointing out highlights and patiently waiting for us at each site. It’s really cheesy, I know, but coming here was the pinnacle of a long journey and I really hope I can go back again one day to pay my respects again.

This person’s blog has some great suggestions of things to see in Kyoto relating to the Shinsengumi: 

http://matome.naver.jp/odai/2140320228711779601?&page=1

Of course, as I said earlier, the only downside is that none of it is in English, which is going to be the struggle for anyone really wanting an immersive Shinsengumi or Bakumatsu experience. While you can get around not knowing the language I feel like, honestly, there would be a lot lacking. Especially if you try to venture further North to Aizu or Hakodate, Aizu in particular would be tough for non-Japanese speakers. 

There were so many places to see and since I was not on my own there was just not enough time to hit them all, but these were the major stopping points on our tour along the path of the Shinsengumi. 

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o-boussole-o  asked:

My husband and are are planning a trip to Japan soon, and while I can speak and read Japanese at a decent enough level to get by, he doesn't know any. What would you recommend I try and teach him before our trip?

I’d teach him greetings, how to say thank you and please (I’d go for お願いします over ください as it’s more polite). I’d teach いただきます and ごちそうさまでした as well. Maybe some simple adjectives such as 美味しい or 面白い and so on.

He might like you to teach him how to order whatever he drinks, how to ask for the bill in a restaurant.

It’s also nice if he knows how to ask if it’s ok to photograph something as well, this applies to people as well as holy places like shrines etc. When I went to Nara accompanying a group of Japanese 12-17 year old girls for work, loads of non-Japanese tourists were taking their photos without asking. It made them really uncomfortable, some people were getting really in their faces, treating them like zoo animals. Needless to say I intervened and my colleagues thanked me later for dealing with it. I think the girls would’ve liked the chance to refuse to be photographed, some probably would’ve even said yes and posed, but it’s about choice I guess. Learning phrases that allow everyone to get along smoothly and avoid conflict are really useful and will ultimately mean you have a more enjoyable trip.


A phrase book would point him in the right direction if he wanted to learn more than that.

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Last week I was in Japan i was able to attend codomo dragons tour finale at Nakano Sunplaza ! For those who’ve been following this blog I was pretty active codomo dragon fan! It was around the same time I started listening to mejibray that I became a codomo dragon fan (roughly 4 years) and even tho I might not reblog and talk about them much they’re still one of my fave bands, hence why I tried to plan my Japan trip so I had a chance to see their tour finale at Sunplaza ! A much larger venue compared to the ones they usually play at! I was so happy my friend was able to get my tickets ! This trip will always be special because I got to see both my fave bands ! The show was amazing it was a lot of fun and the furi was great to do !! I had a blast and was really happy when I heard them play right evil at the end of the show, it was the first codomo dragon song I had ever listened too! Not going to lie a lot of the songs they played that night were ones I haven’t heard and I was sad but my passion and love for this band has definitely resurfaced ! And my love for the members has gotten even stronger!! Especially when I saw them at Zeal Link, kana menmen and hayato sure know how to make a fan feel happy XD when I shook hands with kana i was really shy and so all I ended up doing was telling him I’m Canadian ! He got super excited and told menmen who was next to him and as I shook menmen’s hand he was like oh Canada !! Maple !! I love maple !! And hayato sort of looked over and menmen told hayato as well that I was Canadian and he was shocked but happy and kept thanking me ! Yume was giggly and laughing the entire time even when I shook his hand, while chamu was cool (;-;) and kept it together (I love chamu). After we shook hands I decided to ask hayato for a photo, I guess he noticed I was shy and he kindly had me come on over and stand next to him and decided we should pose “okay pose” that’s when he put his arm around and we took the picture ! Right after the photo I said my thank you and ran off OTL it was the same with tzk like i took the pic said thank u and ran off not looking back !
The members are so kind ! I’ve been telling my friend ash for years that I want to take a photo with them one day and well that day came ! And I will definitely go to more of their instores when I’m in Japan again !

I’ll be in Japan until the end of May. It’s the first time since I came back to my homecountry in September 2015 after one year of working holiday there.

My best friend from junior high school got married yesterday and the past 2 weeks were so exhausting that I didn’t know how to make this. Organizing stuff for the wedding, searching for a new job, planning my Japan trip. But the day has come. Tomorrow I’ll be leaving for vacation there.
And I have mixed feelings about it, I don’t know what to do.

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Hi guys! Sorry I haven’t shown myself recently :( Been piled up with full time work and lots of planning for my end of year JAPAN TRIP AHHH /hyperventilates/

Anyhow! For this request, I wasn’t able to write for all the characters asked as I’m not satisfied with keeping it short but if I don’t, the post gets too long SO I have only written for Aomine, Kise, Midorima and Murasakibara here. If anon or anyone else really really wants me to finish the other half I will do that and post it up separately! 

Oh man longest intro ever D: 
I hope yall enjoy this one as well! ♥

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Aomine: The two of you were in bed, shifting around until his body met with yours comfortably, as he spooned you. He presses his face to the nape of your neck for a kiss but instead of your skin, he met his lips with your long hair.

your f/n, your hair…” He grumbles softly into your ear so you lift your head and swipe all of your hair to the side, allowing him access to your skin. This was the usual routine every night almost. 
“Why don’t you just tie up your hair. You’ve got so much.” He hums into your skin a small complaint that bothers you more than you’d care to admit.
You were quite proud of your hair. It was a healthiest of anybody else’s and was smooth as marble, this was because of your meticulous upkeep. So when someone complains as if it’s just a hassle, of course you’d get prickled right? 

Nonetheless it didn’t stop you from making a trip to the salon first thing in the morning. You had decided to cut majority of your lengthy hair as it would be more convenient and would stop your boyfriend from eating your hair all the time.
As soon as your hairdressers hands felt your silky soft hair, he allowed himself to gawk and question your methods.
Wow, how do you keep your hair so healthy? This is top of the top!” You smiled proudly at your hairdresser before thanking him sadly for the praise.
“I’m actually going to cut it today. Up to above my shoulders.” The sad tone of your voice prickled the hairdresser, causing him to nervously confirm with you over and over and over again if you were sure of this decision.
Not wanting to allow yourself time to change your mind you nodded and urged him to cut it quickly. 
By the end of the beauty session, you walked out with a cute and wavy bob.
It had turned out a lot better than you expected. You were so delighted you practically skipped home, looking forward to the surprised face of your boyfriend. 

“Daiki I’m home!~” 
“Ouh” He grunts a greeting without looking away from the T.V. 
“Daiki~” You sang his name as you pranced over to stand in front of the T.V in attempts to achieve his focus. At first, he had tried to look behind you, not giving you attention in hopes you’d give up and come sit by his side instead, but when you persevered he finally turned his gaze up towards your face to tell you to stop blocking the T.V.
“Oi, stop standing there and- Whoa! Your hair!” He stood up upon laying his eyes on the new hairdo and pulled you to him to inspect the cut. After a good few dozen seconds, he leans into your neck approvingly to give you a peck.
“Oh, I see now.” He spoke in a knowing tone after not having met his lips to your hair like usual and instead landed his kisses on you neck.
“You’re offering now huh. Even got rid of your precious hair for my kisses huh, babe?” Your face flushed a vibrant pink before stuttering your denial.
“N-no! Not everything’s about you baka!” Wriggling in his arms, you tried to pry away from his grasp but that only resulted in him tightening said hold. 
“Babe, you look amazing.” Spreading his signature smirk across his face as he spoke.



Kise:
“Kise!! GANBATTE!!” “Kise-kun! Kise!!!”  Kise’s fan club could be heard a mile away with this loud screeching of a cheer as everyone one of them preyed on his attention as he held a practice game on a Sunday morning. Honestly it does get on your nerves, just the obnoxiousness of the group but on the other hand you host enough faith in your boyfriend that it doesn’t bother you one bit that 80% of the school’s females are fawning over him constantly… except for her.
The fan club president could be seen standing at the back, with her arms folded over before casually flipping her blonde locks to the back. She’s gorgeous. You couldn’t help but let your gaze linger but soon it became uncomfortable as your admiration soon turned into self loathing. Shifting awkwardly in your seat, you tried to block out the negative thoughts. Someone like her would look so much better standing next to him than me… UGH. You slap your knees before jolting up, and out the gym towards the nearest salon to do something! anything! to your appearance as a confidence boost and to get the damn self loathing out of yourself.

–time skip salon makeover–

You had arrived back just in time to see the match end as you nervously pushed aside the door and sneaked in, trying hard not to attract too much attention. Ugh idiot! you did it so to attract attention! Have to look decent next to Ryouta so GET A GRIP ON YOURSELF WOMAN! You gave yourself two loud sandwich slaps on your own face that turned out to be louder than you intended as people turned their heads in a domino effect towards the sound.Your cheeks flared up in shades of pink as you darted your eyes around in search for a secluded spot to hide in before meeting your gaze with Kise’s.
He had followed the gazes of his senpais, towards you and as soon as he landed his eyes on you, his body reacted before his mind could take in your change visually.
Dashing towards you with arms wide seeking for an embrace, he had stumbled half way and fell on his face upon finally noticing the now caramel-blonde coloured hair that replaced your blue-ish black.
“Ah Ryouta! Are you okay?!” You rushed to his figure on the floor, still completely flustered from all the attention, not knowing what to do hide or help??!
“Y-your hair! When did you do this!? Why didn’t you tell me sooner!” He lifted his head instantly as you reached out to him.
“Ah- I-I… I thought I may need a make over to match you a little more…” You looked down away from him as your voice grew softer and softer.
Not caring for silly thoughts he had beamed out loudly promptly “IT LOOKS AMAZING ___-cchi! YOU LOOK LIKE A MODEL” He shrieked and pulled you on top of him on the floor, into a tight embrace.
“Ah no! There are people around!”
“Who cares! Everyone can stare at how gorgeous you look!”


Midorima:
“Make sure you’re on time okay? And wear something conservative today okay? Remember to bring the fruit bask-”
“Hai, hai. Shintarou do you know how good you are at nagging” You giggled into your cellphone before continuing.
“Don’t worry I have it under control, when have you known me to mess up big events? Okay? So just go to sleep, I’ll be there 6 pm on the dot so wait for me outside yeah? Goodnight Shin”
“W-wait! Don’t forg-” beep. You hung up on him and waited, knowing he wouldn’t not say goodnight. one…two…three- ding ding!
“Shin, you can be so cute you know?” You squirmed around in your bed as you read his goodnight text.
Content with the amount of affection you’ve received, you got up to pick an outfit for the dinner you’ve planned with Midorima and his parents at a nice restaurant. It’s not the first time you’ve eaten with his family, but this time was different. They had invited you out to celebrate your birthday. This act was so kind, it had caused you to feel stressed, even though you were quite good at concealing your panicked self.
Pressing your outfit up to yourself in front of the mirror, you shook your head slightly. Something feels off… the dress is nice but… is it my hair? You stared at yourself as you played around with your long, red hair, trying different partings and styles. No, this isn’t working. I’ll go to the salon in the outfit early tomorrow and figure something out then! So you called it a night and went off to bed.

Upon arriving at the salon in the late morning, you had already figured out the problem with your current look. It might be drastic but change is nice right? You convinced yourself before stepping into the store.

–time skip salon makeover–

5:45pm- “Where is that girl?” tap tap tap. Midorima can be seen outside the restaurant with his arms crossed, tapping his foot impatiently. As you came closer and closer to the restaurant, he starts to notice you. Can he not recognise me? You giggled to yourself and by the time he realised it was you, you were only 3 meters away from him.
“Y-your hair! When did you get this done? Why didn’t you tell me about this nanodayo!” He almost shouted from being too flustered at the new appearance. The once sleek red hair you wore tided back was now curly and a dark brown colour. You swept your locks to one side of you neck with a content smile on your face, happy with the results and the reaction.
“I just thought to be even more presentable and fitting to your parents as your girlfriend” You beamed at him before reaching to hold his hand as to keep him from running away from you. His eyes meets yours before he focuses his gaze back onto the red rug that ran down the front steps. You couldn’t make out if it was the reflection of the coloured rug from the light hitting it and bouncing back onto his face or if it was just his body responding to you.
“W-whatever! Just COVER YOUR NECK! IT’S TOO EXPOSED!”

Murasakibara: You were making your way to Murasakibara’s homeroom during lunch break before coming to a halt by the door. You overhead the boy’s conversation that piqued your interest as they lead to answers you pondered over, yourself.
“C’mon Mura, tell us!” “Yeah, what kind of girl are you into?” “No stupid, he has a girlfriend. It should be what attracts him the most, in her!”
Seems like your boyfriend was getting bombarded by personal question, yet he didn’t seem to get too bothered at all and answered calmly.

“Mm… I guess I like tall girls? It’d be too difficult to kiss them if they were too short…” The words came out so easily, it shocked his classmates.

“Yabe! How can you talk about kissing so easily to your classmates! You’re more than I thought!” The boys teased.

Now you weren’t the shortest girl but you definitely weren’t tall, so naturally you’d be at least a little bothered. The new information had stained your thoughts and taken over your mind throughout the whole day. Having enough of being saddened at how bothered you were by the new information you decided that you’d go to the salon after school to get a make-over for a self confidence boost.

–after school @ the salon–

When the hair dresser asked you a simple question of “What would you like done today?” you were left stunned by your own impulsiveness and lack of decision so you said the first thing that came to mind.
“Make me look taller please!” Little did you know that the hair dresser would be cutting off 10 inches leaving you with a cute bob that curled inwards at the ends. The hair dresser explained that long hair on a shorter person can ‘drown’ the height even more and that showing the neck can extend a person visually. 
Accepting the logical explanation, you paid and headed back to the school gym, expecting your boyfriend to be there.

You could hear the game as you came closer and closer to the gym entrance. The nervousness that swam in your stomach slowly grew as you came to the door. Fiddling with your hair with one hand, you open the door with the other.

Murasakibara was sitting on the bench surrounded by bags of snacks, he did not seem to notice you coming in, so you silently move to sit beside him.

Barely anyone had the guts to sit next to this giant let alone a girl. He glanced at you in the corner of his eyes, wondering who would sit beside him so calmly. He couldn’t see your face but saw the strangely familiar, slender fingers that blocked his view as it twirled around a strand of hair. Without thinking, he reached out and pulled you by the wrist to face him, completely taken over by curiosity.
He stared at your face blankly for an awkward few seconds before finally realising it was his own girl friend. 
“___-chin?? Wait when did you cut your hair?” He leaned in a little too closely to observe the new do, causing you to flush and turn your head in embarrassment.
“I-I didn’t mean to cut this much off… does it… look bad?”  
“No, not at all. Now I can do this-” Taking advantage of the exposed skin, he buries his face in the crook of your neck before giving it a sweet peck. 
W-what are you doing?!” You tried to push him away but lacked the strength as his breath against your skin, weakened you to the bones. 

Twice Realizing They Love You (REQUESTED)

You and Sana would be at dinner. You were planning a trip to Japan, to visit her hometown. She was just staring at you and it hit her. She loves you. After a while, she’d notice you had stopped talking and would try to jump back into the conversation like nothing happened.

You and Nayeon were in the middle of a prank war. She was hiding from you who had a supersoaker full of orange juice. “You can’t hide!” you’d call. She’d smile to herself, a smile that only you can make her do. That’s when she knew. She loves you. She came out from her hiding spot with both arms up. “You win!” she’d yell.

Dahyun was throwing an aegyo storm at you. You were dying from how adorable she is. You were beaming a huge grin at her. She was watching you and she couldn’t help it. “God, I love you,” she blurted. She was so shocked when you heard her. She tried to play it off.

Mina was trying on different outfits for Twice’s comeback. She walked out in a black floral dress. You stared at her in awe, completely captivated by her. She could tell by the look your eye. You love her and she loves you.

Jihyo was into Twitter. People were tweeting about her body. She was so down. You saw that and began to being a total goof. Eventually, she started laughing and she knew in her heart. She loves you. More than anyone else.

Tzuyu was away with the group, promoting. At the end of the day, she called you. You started going on about your day. Then you stopped, you asked her about her day. She told you how long and exhausting it was. You told her that you wished you could be there for her. The fact that you wanted to be there, for her, helped her see it. She loves you.

You were scolding Momo for not sleeping for 3 days. She had spent the past couple nights at the dance studio, dancing till dawn. She sat and took it, knowing that she couldn’t stop you. You were the only person who could get her to take care of her health. Not in a motherly way, it came from a place of genuine love. She knew it from the beginning, but it was clear now. She loves you.

Jungyeon asked you to come to her photoshoot. She wanted you to be apart of her life, including her career. She was doing her poses when she looked over at you. You were smiling a huge smile and encouraging her. You were completely supportive of her and it made her feel like a million bucks. She loves you and she couldn’t wait to tell you.

You and Chaeyoung were spending the night in. She was writing rap lyrics and you were scrolling through tumblr. She kept running what she wrote by you and each time you would give her your full attention. She was just staring at you. When you took notice, she blushed and hid her face. She couldn’t help you. She loves you.

5 THINGS ABOUT ME

I was tagged by @welcometomagicalmysterytour ;) 

5 things you’ll find in my bag:

  1. Sunscreen
  2. Chapstick
  3. Headphones
  4. Earplugs
  5. Matches

5 things you’ll find in my bedroom:

  1. Art Supplies
  2. Records
  3. Photos / Posters
  4. Concert Memorabilia
  5. Probably trash (aka myself)

5 things I want to do in life:

  1. Travel (next year, Japan!)
  2. Learn new languages
  3. Open a gallery
  4. Read more
  5. Go to more concerts/festivals

5 things that make me happy:

  1. Dogs (hell yeah)
  2. Music
  3. Traveling
  4. Friends
  5. Art

5 things I’m currently into:

  1. Korean hip-hop/R&B (mostly BTS)
  2. Trying new restaurants
  3. Finding new artists/Illustrators
  4. Contemporary art history
  5. Collecting pins

5 things on my to-do list:

  1. Get dual citizenship in Italy
  2. Write a business plan for opening a gallery
  3. Start planning our trip for Japan/Korea next year
  4. Pack for study abroad (I’m going to Florence!)
  5. Get through finals week

5 things people may not know about me:

  1. I work in music management
  2. For 4 years I was on the golf team (in high school)
  3. I used to play violin, piano, recorder, and bass guitar
  4. I have an obsession with menswear
  5. I’m legally blind without contacts/glasses

Thanks for the tag!

I nominate:  @hafsuh @fuckingephemeral @kindnessbe @sweetdreamstennesse @thegalway-girl @separate-everdeadly @colorfulsocksarecool