travel photo of the year

[TRANS] non-no Magazine 2017 Aug Issue - BTS V

4 QS WITH BTS

Q1: What’s your hobby or something you’re into recently, how do you spend your holiday?

A1: Classical, jazz, opera, R&B, hip hop, EDM…… I listen to all kinds of music. Right now I’m into Hisaishi Joe’s ‘Summer’. Dadadadadan da-dan ♪ (starts singing) I want to watch his piano performance in person one day.

Q2: Tell us your fashion style or preference!

A2: My favorite item is shirts. I have several shirts from the simple ones to shirts with unique prints. I also like the boston bag I bought in New Year earlier this year. I’m using it with loving care!

Q3: Favorite perfume?

A3: Lots of times I choose refreshing or relaxing fragrance. I choose which one to use based on my outfits or mood.

Q4: Favorite work among Japanese movies, dramas, mangas?

A4: I recently finished watching the ‘Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu’ drama! I like the scene where the female protagonist and her contract marriage partner hug every Monday. I feel like I saw that male actor somewhere so I looked him up, and turns out he’s Hoshino Gen, whose music I usually listen to! By the way among Hoshino Gen’s songs, I like ‘Nichijo’ the most. I’m practicing ‘koi dance’ too!

THIS IS HIM

[Gogh]

Vincent Van Gogh is my favorite artist. I saw his work ‘Starry Night’ for the first time in January and was utterly moved. After that I went to the art museums in New York and Chicago to see his works, I have his painting hung in my room too.

[Gozaru]

I learn Japanese by using the memo app on my phone to make vocabulary list or watching Japanese movies and animes. Recently I often use ‘~de gozaru’. It’s because of the character Momonosuke from ‘One Piece’.

[Snow]

I don’t know if it’s because I was born in winter, but the word ‘snow’ is meaningful to me. I like snow scenery too. One of my hobbies is taking photos, so last year when I traveled to Sapporo, I had a great time and took a lot of photos of snow scenery there.

THIS IS HIM: V is…

from RAP MONSTER

“Good-looking face and skilled at performing. Furthermore, his passion for making good music is twice as strong as others. I think he doesn’t show it that much, but I hope many people would know he has that (passion for making music) inside.”

from JUNGKOOK

“We fight sometimes but he’s like a friend who often fools around with me. Last time we promised to go to Jeju Island together but eventually couldn’t due to my personal matter… We’re close so we’ll plan again some time soon (laughs)!”

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[UPDATE]

Because Lee Chan’s birthday is falling on the Saturday of Carat Land (February 11th). Fan sites are sending their gifts early! 

Michan : A bike, Burberry, Paul Smith etc. 

(UPDATE) Burberry Wallet, belt, shirts, jackets, shoes (boots and classy), hats,(sweat)pants, neck & body massager + travel pillow

Chan’s Chance : A photo album with memories of the past year, and more (Unspecified)

Daniela is from Lisbon, Portugal and has Angolan origins. It’s lovely to walk on the streets of this gorgeous city and see so many diverse people living in harmony.

I took this photo last year. These days I’m traveling in the Balkan Peninsula.

Overheard at Teitan Elementary [2]
  • Genta: Explain yourself, Conan!
  • Ayumi: Conan-kun!
  • Conan: Oi, what's wrong, lot?
  • Mitsuhiko: Wakasa-sensei asked us to find the photos of Teitan Elementary Alumnis!
  • Conan: ...and?
  • Genta: That's the pic of the Kudo Shinichi guy...
  • Ayumi: Who graduated 10 years ago...
  • Mitsuhiko: And he looks just like you, Conan-kun! How is this possible?
  • Conan: ...just a coincidence?
  • Genta: Don't play games with us!
  • Conan: O-okay, it's simple, guys! He's a grandchild of the uncle of the nephew of the daughter of my mother's grandfather's brother!
  • Haibara: Edogawa-kun's family is extremely complicated.
  • Conan: Shutup.
  • Mitsuhiko: Please, be serious, Conan-kun! We all know that you are...
  • (at once)
  • Ayumi: Urashima Taro!
  • Genta: An alien!
  • Mitsuhiko: A time traveler!
  • ...
  • Genta: What are you talking about, guys! He's surely an alien! I saw stuff like that on TV! He infiltrated us and borrowed that Kudo Shinichi's form!
  • Ayumi: Genta-kun, that's silly!
  • Mitsuhiko: Besides, why would he borrow Kudo Shinichi's child form?
  • Genta: Who knows those aliens...
  • Conan: Oi...
  • Ayumi: Conan-kun is Urashima Taro! He traveled on big mr. Turtle's back to the Sea Dragon Palace, and when he came back 10 years passed!
  • Mitsuhiko: But Urashima Taro is a hero of the legend...
  • Genta: Sea Dragon? Is it like eel?
  • Ayumi: Genta-kun!
  • Mitsuhiko: We know that there's a scientific explanation to this! Conan-kun is from the future and they invented a time travel! That's why he was in the photo 10 years ago and that's why he looks exactly the same. Am I right, Conan-kun?
  • Ayumi: But why would Conan-kun travel to the past? And what will happen to Ran-onee-san, if she will learn that her boyfriend is from the future?..
  • Genta: Maybe there's a war going on in future and he came here to prevent it? I saw it on TV with dad!
  • Mitsuhiko: Genta-kun...
  • Haibara: Then how about this explanation? His cellular structure was forcibly redone by a mysterious drug and he shrunk due to the ingenious invention of a biochemical teen prodigy who worked in a secret evil organization?
  • ...
  • Mitsuhiko: ...you watch too many science dramas, Haibara-san...
  • Ayumi: Yeah... that sounds even less possible than Genta-kun's Alien theory, Ai-chan...
  • Genta: That's funny, Haibara!
  • Conan: Oi-oi...

“Powerful cloud.” Mt Fuji is a treasure trove of mysteriously shaped clouds. Various forms of clouds appear when a fast air current blows over the Mt Fuji. I stayed in the car during the night at the Inokashira forest road about 0.8 miles above sea level about 25 miles west of Mt Fuji. The small clouds that appeared before dawn grew bigger and bigger. Just before sunrise, they had become a huge cloud covering Mt. Fuji. The shadows of them in the backlight were the most powerful masterpieces. (Photo and caption by Takashi / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)

Photo and caption by Lorraine Yip National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Traveling through Cuba in a vintage 1950 Chevrolet with a speedometer which no longer works. We were passing by the city of Camagey known for its winding streets. The modern American Hawaiian hula figure and yellow taxi cab sign on the dashboard adds to the time travel-esque element of the classic Chevrolet, set against the backdrop of an old and perhaps dilapidated , but not forgotten, Cuba.

The Comparison Game

Yesterday, I agreed to work late to host a volunteer event for a book club celebrating their ten year anniversary.  I don’t give up my evenings lightly, but they made a cash donation to our organization and did a book drive…so I was swayed.  Plus, they brought wine and food…and it’s a book club!! :)

The conversation was really interesting during the event.  Somehow we got on the subject of achievements/goals/priorities and about the comparisons people make to one another, especially in the age of social media.  This is not something I struggle with too often anymore, but occasionally I’ll feel myself getting caught up in it.  For example, I always have to talk myself down whenever new people come over to our house, especially a lot of the husband’s coworkers because they live in much fancier houses than ours and their houses look spotless and professionally decorated.  They’re beautiful and I find myself admiring them when I’m there.  So, then, when I think of any of those people coming to my house, it makes me anxious! This feeling also applies to when I have to go spend time with beautiful people who are fashionable/get anti-aging treatments, or when I’m in a room full of people far more professional or “important,” or when I see travel photos from people who take multiple amazing trips a year.  I think it’s pretty normal to have a gut-check reaction when you see things like that.  However, as the years go by, I’m so grateful that it comes more and more naturally to catch myself SUPER quickly and do an immediate reality check.  Why do I feel this way?  Is it because I wish that my house/appearance/life was more this way or because social pressure (real or imagined) suggests I should want/be those things? Almost always it’s the latter.  The only time in my memory that it has EVER been the former was when I remember comparing myself on Facebook to former high school classmates who were in college and I wasn’t.  (I made some…interesting…life choices post-high school.)  I wasn’t happy with my choices.  I DID want to go to college.  So, I went.  But, my house?  I love it.  It’s cozy and it feels like home.  I LIKE imperfections and the time to work on them at my own pace.  My appearance?  I find it personally meaningful and important to come to grips with how I look in a natural manner.  I don’t care what choices other people make; I’ve struggled with accepting myself for a long time and I want to do that in my own way.  Educational/life achievements?  I’m really happy with who I am and what I do.  And, the freedom I have because of my job allows me to read, continue to learn, and live a happy and balanced life.  That, to me, is the only achievement I need career wise. Travel? We do get to travel.  We travel less often because we have other financial goals at the moment, but we go somewhere new at least once a year, and that’s really awesome!

I think if we all just know to stop immediately and take stock, check in with ourselves, we’d realize that there’s no reason for insecurity or feeling inferior.  And, if we’re not happy with the conclusions we come to, there’s no need for jealousy or insecurity–just motivation to make a change for ourselves