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Japan Trip 2017 log

I’m back from my Tokyo (and Yokohama) trip AAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!

This is the first time I managed to go with friends and plan my own trip! Since all the times I’ve been to Japan I’ve only visited the countryside and not Tokyo, I was really excited. It’s like a dream come true!! I wanted to log in my incredible experience somewhere, and leave this as a gesture of gratitude to everyone who helped make this trip possible. To those curious, beware my spastic commentary and plush toys photobombing every now and then

I travelled with @selinawen and @b-sim was very very kind to let us bunk in with her during her stay. We’re very thankful uwu

 Spoilers More under cut (Warning: It’s long)

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Languages without textbooks

Because I disagree with ONLY using language textbooks…

Do I have to emphasize on the “only” more?

Disclaimer: this post applies mainly to outside of a classroom setting [even then I disagree but that’s a whole different matter]. Also It doesn’t mean I won’t use a textbook from time to time, or that I look down on people who use textbooks. As a matter of fact I’m jealous because my attention span isn’t high enough for textual learning. This does NOT mean you shouldn’t use textbooks. For a beginner, it is important that you use one. But, it’s better not to only use that. I learned a slavic language, as well as English, with only these methods, they kinda work yo. But I’m a mere language peasant so don’t think I’m some next level thing cause I’m not!

I’m not a fan of textbooks because I feel like they’re on this repetitive paradoxal cycle that ends you into a slump as soon as you start to feel like you’ve achieved something. I tried completing over six books and it always ends up like this. They usually teach you vocabulary that doesn’t correlate well, and they don’t provide enough explanations on the grammatical nuances. Also, most of them don’t even tackle the spoken language and slang, which I find annoying. I want to text man. I want to be able to be as rude in Romanian as I am rude in English. Why don’t you give me that?

It’s dry, and I want to cry just by looking at the amount of Smith and Tanaka’s in Japanese textbooks. If I see one more スミスorシュミット from ドイツ with a generic company name I will scream. 

Ok apart from crappy 2 min paint skills, behold the methods.

Reading thematic/reference books

Pick up a book on X subject (for my case in Japanese), like an encyclopedia about animals.

  1. Start by breaking your book in sections. I use the page method, meaning I’d read a page at least twice before going to the next page. Breaking your reading material in smaller/digestible sections won’t exasperate you, or demotivate you. Think about it. What is a smarter goal? Reading the whole book by Tuesday vs Reading 10 pages by Tuesday ? Go for a smaller portion, especially if you have other commitments.
  2. Don’t start by searching up words. Read the section you started with first. Read it once. Read it out loud preferably (optional but it helps). Then skim it for words, starting from the most recurrent words, to the least recurrent. If your book is based on one subject, don’t waste too much time on kanji if you’re doing it with jp. They might repeat a lot later on anyways. When you’re done with that, read again with your unknown vocab in mind. Don’t feel bad for not knowing everything right off the bat. 
  3. The best thing I could suggest to do is to do a quick summary of what you read, in target language. Use the words you learned from the text, as well as your previous knowledge. Don’t go up searching new words, that’s a tedious process I don’t suggest, unless you have the time and motivation.
  4. When you finish your book, look for documentaries and videos on the subject you just read. Seriously youtube is full of those, and with the proper keywords, you can find everything. If you have trouble with finding something, I could help you.
  5. You don’t need to be a certain level to read a reference/thematic book (this applies especially for non romanized languages), but for Japanese I do suggest using a book which has furigana if you’re like me and don’t know the enemy properly— I mean kanji, not the enemy, my bad. Seriously, we don’t need to be advanced or achieved a specific JLPT level, or be fluent. But that doesn’t matter, as long as you’re reading something you find interesting.

Learning thematically from videos:

This is particularly useful for those who want to have some variety in their learning, or who want to have a break from said studying but still learn something. What I’d do is pick up a particular subject that you like and search it up in youtube (alternatively I recommend afreeca for Korean learners but that’s not gonna get you school subjects or niconico for Japanese learners).

  1. Find said subject in your target language, try to put good keywords to get relevant results. Don’t be like me and get imperialist propaganda while searching for politics lmao.
  2. Find a channel that posts video of said thing that you like.
  3. Open up a notebook or a note program, whatever is more efficient for you.
  4. Title this document/notebook the subject you want to learn from.
  5. Have different sections in it. What I do is: spoken language (what the person said with a translation of it, this is particularly useful for everyday expressions or slang), written (written things in the video if there are, especially if you’re looking at a lecture), and a mini glossary (for words you encountered through listening and are interesting.). For the words I suggest you search them up at the end of the video.
  6. After finishing the video, search up the words. Now, take a pretty notebook, or open up a new document titled with your subject. Write a small summary of what you watched with the words you learned/wrote in the glossary if it was a lecture video, or write a diary-style entry about what you watched. Did you watch a beauty video? Write what you think about that beauty cream presented. “She said it was 25,000W. Ugh. So expensive. I’m not paying that much for it. I prefer this foundation cream. blabla” (just a random example lol).  Basically write or type something.
  7. What to do with the spoken language part? The expressions that you heard? This applies especially if you watched a vlog, a gameplay or a random video. Check those expressions, check if you’re alone in the room and say them out loud. I promise you they will get repeated in other videos (especially the hello, this is x, thank you for watching, etc), so they are not useless. A lot of the time in japanese videos, for instance, I hear a lot of polite expressions in the beginning and end which are super useful, noticed this with romanian as well.
  8. WATCH WHATEVER YOU WANT: you like planning agendas videos? Beauty guru? Anime? Drama? Gameplays? Lectures about history? Eating shows? Seriously watch whatever please don’t be scared.

Learn from a language exchange, yas:

I’m using Hellotalk for this. Especially since it has a correction feature which means native speakers can correct you and provide notes for you. But if you want to chat with native speakers without studying the language directly, this is what I do. I just chat with the person and throw in whatever I think is right. If it’s wrong, then I cry— I mean I gladly accept the correction and learn from it. Usually when I receive a correction from the user I immediately reuse this correction in another message so it sticks in ^^!

a) write a badly written message to a language buddy

b) get correction of your message

c) optional: cry because you made an obvious mistake

d) review the correction, send a message with that correction :D

Do you like to write?:

What do you mean no? Shh, I’m sure you said yes. Nanowrimo in november, a word document all year long. Also, tumblr’s prompts. Start a little story (no matter your level), write a fanfic if you want, a novel, whatever. Doesn’t have to get read by other people, but if you want, put it on lang-8. Just write as much as you can but whenever you feel annoyed from searching up words, stop. Write when you want and when you have inspiration. I’m doing this for jp so I can attest it’s good practice :D Alternatively, making small dialogues and monologues is also a good think. Pretend this is drama class. I highly recommend this. Boost your ego!

Pretend to be a native speaker:

Yes, you read this right. Pretend to be a native speaker. No I don’t mean to pretend to be someone you’re not. I mean to immerse yourself completely. I’m talking about changing 90% of your daily things to the language. Which means:

  • phone settings
  • computer settings (please be careful here though)
  • website language (again be careful dont send random relationship requests like me).
  • training to think in the language. Next time you stab your toe on the table, curse in your target language. Say how much it hurts and how much you hate your table, in the language.
  • Twitter: tweets in your language. It can be a private twitter. My twitter is for Korean and its private and I dump in all random thoughts that are very embarrassing and most of them are about my crushes so yeah I mean double benefit! You practice writing with the new grammatical structure you encountered and then you can ramble to yourself about pretty/handsome people YAS
  • Buy the Fluency pill it’s $99.99 on Ebay…. Okay but I wish there was a fluency pill….
  • THIS ONE IS WEIRD BUT I HIGHLY RECOMMEND. This is really where you pretend to be a native speaker but you’re not. Go to x website that has the option to write comments or chat with other people from that country. We foreigners to the language love to spread the word about how we’re, well, a foreigner to them and that we’re studying that language STOP! just write everything EXCEPT THAT. I remember when I was studying this particular eastern european language, I went to a site and chatted and never said anything about being Canadian. Nobody asked, I just went along and the conversation didn’t stop or change. Honestly, we don’t write PERFECTLY in English, we use slang and write in broken phrases. SO WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? ^O^ !!!!

Are you still alive from this long post?

*Splashes water on you* Wake up yo. Okay. You’re amazing and I love you for that. You deserve great things! Anyways last tip is… Use a textbook as long as you don’t make it your main focus. This also goes for the thematic books. We need variety!! Don’t you feel tired of only studying? What you learn…it should be used somehow… this is why I don’t like only textbooks. I was the one who studied spanish from textbooks only for years and it got me nowhere because I never used it. Use the language. That’s the golden tip seriously. BUT! Use it accordingly to your preferred study method and IF that is textbooks, don’t feel like I’m looking low at it. (I’m one of those who drools at textbook shelves and would watch a 20 min video of you making a tour of your shelf so believe me lmao).

Anyways sorry for this disgustingly long post I’ll tag this omg.

011517 — Style Influence Map

I’ve been struggling to find my own style lately so I decided to go back and study my favorite art styles. This is a (condensed) list of the major studios that have shaped me as artist :)

[personal commentary under the cut]

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anonymous asked:

I just wanted to say that your pokemon redraws are absolutely incredible! I just love the light color combos and your pattern designs. It reminds of viva pinata which is one of my favorite games. How did you develop your style? Keep up the amazing work!

Thank you so much lovely anon! I’m happy you like my work! n__n

A lot of my sense for what I like came about from playing old Nintendo games and watching Japanese animated movies, like Studio Ghibli movies and such. I was also a huge mythology nerd as a child and I still am and the sort of classical depictions of fairy tales and their surreal nature stuck with me.

I think the point where it clicked together was when I played Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, which is one of my favourite games and I would say is the biggest influence on my work. C:


“Stay out of the ladies’ restroom”

So my idea was to simply do ONE drawing of gender bent Team Sarif, but I guess I couldn’t do just that. I had to make a little story out of it, requiring the hiring of an art director, a cinematographer, a set designer, a technical advisor, a costume designer, and even a gaffer, and it exploded into… this.  I don’t know how this happened, but here, have an AU where augs are MAGICAL. Perhaps the power of Pritchard’s ponytail compelled me.  Anyway my brain is dead now, so off to go sleep for a week, then workout for another week after that.

{ @mondxs } liked for a tentacle~

    They took the agent by surprise. He might have been expecting those B.O.Ws or whatever they’re called but to find an individual that is able to produce tentacles on a whim? Yeah, Morgan wished they had a camera to capture his expression. They snickered as their arms, now shifted into oily-looking tendrils, took hold of Leon’s arms and pushed one into his mouth. No, don’t get any ideas; Leon’s been running his mouth and Morgan decided to shut the bastard up.

    This was too fucking easy, Morgan thought with a delightful glee. The static within their head whispered to them to end his life but Morgan decided to entertain themselves in watching the agent squirm. 

all the nonsensical cultural appropriation posts (not just the kimono one) that for some reason are popping up all tumblr recently are making me want to bang my head into my keyboard. By nonsensical, I don’t mean legit posts addressing the issue (like say how people shouldn’t wear the Native American war bonnet as a halloween costume), but those cases that imo use a very extreme definition of cultural appropriation.

like NO not EVERY instance of someone wearing a traditional clothing of a different culture is a cultural appropriation. I’m a poc, and it just comes off as IRONIC that when we say, “no, I’m okay with this”, we’re often being told we SHOULD be offended. Like wow OK don’t you realise the irony? The whole rationale behind pointing out cultural appropriation is so that the narrative behind our culture isn’t hijacked, and therefore, isn’t trivialised, mocked or twisted. Yet there are people not of our culture basically insisting on imposing their own narrative on how we share and understand our OWN culture. Seems very paternalistic, and somewhat colonial, ain’t it? 

I mean, I don’t know. It always makes me uncomfortable- don’t you think this sort of harks back to the white messiah trope? That even if we’re ok with it, we’re wrong and don’t know better? Don’t you realise that when a people of a culture can set their own boundaries of what they want to share, it's empowering too? I understand that there may be debate on whether a particular issue is appropriation or not, but what I really detest is the black and white mentality of “NO U CAN’T DO THIS IN ANY CONTEXT YOU CAN’T, IF YOU DO YOU ARE BEING A DISRESPECTFUL TURD.” Seriously, there are no hard and fast rules- context matters a lot as to whether something is culturally appropriative, and this differs greatly depending on whether you are talking about the Cherokees or Chinese. 

and finally, I just feel there’s an inherent irony in the way Western culture isn’t subject to these rules of cultural appropriation (like noone really complains about people wearing jeans or adopting American slang) whereas non-Western cultures are expected to be bottled up exclusively. Yes, I know Western culture is powerful already. But it really feels to me that it actually perpetuates the Western hegemony on global popular culture too, by making the exchange one-way, because Western culture is so pervasive everywhere already. Look, I get that maybe certain cultures that have been very severely marginalised or who are vulnerable (like Native Americans, or many isolated forest tribes who still use stone age technology), and in those cases, their symbols are easily distorted. But cultures like Chinese, Japanese etc which are non-white, but aren’t really in danger of dying out and are better able to represent themselves? 

I mean, reading all those posts saying how someone wearing my traditional clothing is ALWAYS harmful just makes me feel like my family and I are endangered animals that have to be kept in a reserve or something because we’re too weak to protect ourselves. And that just feels condescending. I mean, I actually see it as “good” if certain cultural symbols become mainstream and well-known (if they’re understood correctly). Like I’m pleased that for people nowadays Chinese food isn’t like some kind of mysterious thing that gets me strange looks- people just go “oh! I’ve tried that before and I liked it!”

so before you tell a person of another culture they SHOULD be offended, unless you have researched and can explain why in XYZ context they perhaps SHOULD be concerned…

NaruSasu Fic: A Pair of Strays

The animal shelter!AU that no-one asked for. Your classic tale of crazy-cat-boy meets illegal-rescue-centre-owner and they fall in love. Enjoy!

Dedicated to @solochely just because. *blows kisses*

 “A Pair of Strays”

{When Sasuke met Naruto}

By the time he met Naruto for the first time, Sasuke already had four rescue cats living in his apartment and half a dozen neighbourhood strays who he fed regularly. So really, who was he to judge someone who spent all his time in an animal shelter obsessing over his charges…?

Sasuke had visited the ramshackle, run-down shelter as a last resort, when all the other vets on his list were too busy to help. There he found Naruto covered in a litter of baby foxes (“Kits, Sasuke, kits!!” he’d later insist) and blessedly, he agreed to treat Sasuke’s latest rescue. And so Elizabeth had survived, and Sasuke had fallen in love (even if it would be a long time before he admitted it).

It was only a few days later, when the two of them had stumbled into Naruto’s apartment blindingly drunk after celebrating Elizabeth’s recovery, that Sasuke realised what he’d actually gotten himself into. They were already half-naked, clothes strewn from the elevator to the front door, tearing at each other’s skin; Naruto was giggling against Sasuke’s mouth and gripping his hair tight through his fingers. Naruto tripped and Sasuke fell right down on top of him, drawing even more laughter from the blonde. Sasuke pushed himself up to sit more comfortably on Naruto’s hips, and that’s when he saw it.

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11 Questions Tag!

I was tagged by @annaastudiess thanks dude!

Rules: always post the rules, answer the questions, come up with 11 more and then tag 11 people. 


1. What is your favorite animal and why? 

Cats! I love cats so much. I frequently think about how much I love my cats and cry. Lol. They are so sweet and loving and just really misunderstood animals. 

2. If you could eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be? 

I’m gonna say salad because you can do sooooo many things with salad, so it’s like not eating the same food at all. Is that cheating? Lol. 

3. Ideally, how many languages would you like to learn? 

Dude, I want to learn all of them. Lol. I really want to be fluent in Japanese and French because I love the languages. I want to be fluent in Italian to speak it with my boyfriend. I also want to learn Korean and Russian because I’m extremely interested in the cultures. 

4. Do you have a weird habit? 

I don’t think so. All my habits seem pretty normal to me. 

5. Favorite subject in school? 

In high school it was definitely English but I liked physics a lot too. It’s history now, obviously since it’s my major. Ha. 

6. What is your favorite TV show/ movie? 

Harry Potter movies are my favorite of all time. 💞  I don’t really watch much TV but I think Doctor Who and Stranger Things are probably my favorites. 

7. What is your favorite book? 

Uh, Harry Potter again sorry. Lol. But to give a better answer I love Black Beauty, Pride and Prejudice, Charlotte’s Web, and any Sherlock Holmes stories a lot. 

8. Do you have any siblings? 

Yep! I have 5. 

9. What’s your favorite color? 


10. Do you have any hobbies? 

I love reading, playing my violin, baking, video games, and spending time with my kitties. 💖

11. What kind of music do you listen to? 

I literally listen to a little bit of everything except country music. 

My questions 😊 : 

1. What was your dream job growing up? 

2. Do you prefer digital or physical planners? 

3. What is something you liked when you were younger that you are embarrassed of now? 

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? 

5. Which band would you most like to see in concert?

6. What is your favorite holiday and why? 

7. Which decade would you most want to visit if you could travel through time? 

8. Do you have any pets? 

9. Who is your favorite celebrity and why? 

10. Would you rather read an old vintage book with that “old book” smell or a brand new book that has never been opened? 

11. Are you more productive in the morning or at night? 

I tag @decaffeinated-student, @bookmrk, @study-and-workout-hard, @procrastilate, @etudiante-studies, @intellectys, @studyfitaustria, @studyblrer, @goodgrades-goodcoffee, @theunderagelawyer, @constellationstudy or anyone else that wants to do it! 

Sorry if you’ve already done it I tried to go through your blogs to check. 

anonymous asked:

hi sorry i was just looking at ur ab me page and the fact that u have 8 animals got me so hyped omg what kind of animals what are their names i freakin love animals

ahh i love them too! ok so first of all i have 3 dogs, 2 cats and 3 birds (but one of them died about two weeks ago so i actually have 7 now). two of my dogs are japanese spitz called allis and abbe (allis is abbe’s mother but i’ll get to that soon) and the third one is a keeshond called nora. like i said, allis is abbe’s mother and that’s because we had puppies a few years ago - two times actually, and the first time we got 3 called astor, algot and abbe. basically we just fell in love with him and wanted to keep him, but also because no one wanted him so. then the second time we got 6 puppies, but one of them died early. all of them got sold though so we didn’t keep anyone that time.

moving on to my cats - both of them are ragdolls called felix and odessa, and last but not least - my birds. they’re all budgies called lemon, lime and lipton, but as i said lipton passed away about two weeks ago. it’s kinda cute though because lime is the daughter of lemon and lipton since lemon laid eggs, which has never happened with our other budgies before them.

i’ve also had 2 hamsters, 3 guinea pigs and 2 rabbits, but that was a long time ago

Slight rant about K: Return of Kings

So lately I’ve been seeing a lot of people complaining about the fanservice and the fact that GoHands reuses animations, and I wanted to try to address it.

First, I want to point out that the K series is an original animation. It is not based off of any light novel, game or manga. What does this mean? It means that it is extremely hard to fund. Let me give an example: one 30 minute episode of an average anime costs about 11,000,000 yen to make (~$89,256 at the current exchange rate, according to Google). That’s expensive, right? Now, take into account that K has above-average animations with lots of pretty colors and filters, but slightly shorter episodes (~24 mins). That still makes it pretty costly, and they have nothing to guarantee the anime’s success (because it isn’t adapted from anything), which makes it a huge risk from a business perspective.

Secondly, let me mention two of GoHands’ most successful series - Seitokai Yakuindomo (a 2-season anime based on a 4-panel manga by Tozen Ujiie) and Mardock Scramble (an anime film trilogy based on a series of novels by Ubukata Tow). Why am I mentioning these? Because these are the only two series by GoHands that could have possibly earned enough from sales for the studio to be able to animate K. They did not get the money for the series out of nowhere.

Moving on, I am finally going to address what a lot of people here on Tumblr (as I’ve seen) hate the most about K - the fanservice. Yes, it might be disgusting, gross, sexist etc. to some, but to a lot of the Japanese fans, it is enjoyable. And because it is enjoyable, they have a stronger desire to watch the series and/or to buy the merchandise. They don’t push the fanservice in there for laughs, or because they’re sexist or misogynistic, they do it to improve sales. If the Japanese fans like it, they provide it because, to them, those fans are the #1 priority. You might also argue that K does air overseas, but that’s a rather small part of their earnings.

Another problem I’ve seen mentioned is the studio reusing animations, which brings me back to my point about the funding. Again, K is very expensive to animate and they would most likely rather try to reuse animations, than spend money on getting new ones made, especially with the show already having two seasons and a movie. It’s not them being lazy, it’s them saving money.

Now that I’m almost done, I would like to tell you a few things about myself:
-I am not Japanese, nor do I live in Japan. What I mention here is solely what I have read or heard on the internet.

-I am not a native English speaker, so please excuse any grammar or vocabulary mistakes.

-My intention is not to offend anybody, just to point out a few things I felt needed addressing.

My sole purpose for writing this is to try to get everybody to enjoy the anime for what it is, and to not mind the things that can’t be helped.


-How much an average anime episode costs to make

-This helpful video (the main subject is piracy, but it does mention how a studio earns money from an anime)

-GoHands Wikipedia page

-Seitokai Yakuindomo Wikipedia page

-Mardock Scramble Wikipedia page

Again, if this has offended anyone in any way, I sincerely apologize, as that was not my intention.

And with this, I bid you farewell and may you have a wonderful day!

Vic Mignogna

Where to even begin with this one… This song is just perfect in every aspect; I always thought it was amazing how the original Japanese voice actors for like 70% of the animes that exist have character songs sung by the voice actors and that it would be nice if some American voice actors could do it too, which unfortunately they don’t. However, Vic Mignogna fucking nails it, he’s one of the most talented voice actors in my opinion and does his best to satisfy his fans. As for this song, it’s just superb and has many many feels, I love it!!!