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Sunday is a time to lounge around and do as little as you can. The day where the world slows down and the only thing left is to sit in bed all day and stare out of the window. Here are a few things that I did this sunday to watch the long days turn into night.
Spent your sunday doesn’t have to be oversleep. I like wake up early on sunday and do nothing. Gazing my morning backyard while ruffling among the pillows. Favorite pick for my morning are 200% and Give Love by Akdong Musician, they’re totally a breath of fresh air.
Ignore the amount of soy sauce on my porridge, I’m watching Inogashira Goro. Aired on Waku Waku Japan channel every morning, Kodoku no Gurume tells about a salesman in Tokyo named Goro who goes out to eat. That’s it. Only watching middle-aged man eating with internal monologue give a pleasure to your belly (Actually it makes my porridge looks even more miserable). It is a pretty good drama to watch in morning show. Bring peacefulness (not for your belly) because the only conflict in this drama is when he can’t decide what to eat. But mostly he has ability to identify what exactly he wants at any given moment of the day. That’s a gift!
Although released in 1996, this true classic and timeless romantic comedy drama Long Vacation is still entertaining to watch. This is how Sena describe Long Vacation:
When things all go wrong and nothing seems to get better even when you try, as if you’re missing a chance to make a change, do not feel beaten and down. It is actually a “long vacation” from God. Use the time to relax and care for others around you. Don’t worry. God has his plans in place. When the vacation ends, a chance will appear and a change will take place.
I think I’m pretty busy this sunday morning with my TV. This time I should have a real food.
What’s best about Oyakodon is that it only requires the most basic of Japanese cooking ingredients, so you probably already have them in your cupboard and can get cooking straight away. You can get the recipe here. If you don’t feel like to move from your bed you could just call Yoshinoya for delivery 😛
After finishing the last chapter of space brother with 30 minutes nap and a box of crown saltine crackers with nuttela canape, the sun has already set. I like to wake up early without feeling rushed or frazzled, so it’s time for me to sleep.
Reading Kakukaku Shikajika just gives me such a nostalgic feeling, makes me remembering the days between my third year of high school and early college. I was crazy about manga and hoping someday to become a mangaka. While every student at my grade was having an exam preparation, I took a drawing course. Like Akihiko Hayashi, author and main character in this manga, I have same motivation to go to an art college.
Kakukaku Shikajika was written in memory of Kenzou Hidaka, her art teacher. The story are told in flashback with unique plot line that jumps between the character’s childhood and adult years, revealing the story much more melancholy. This is an autobiography of the author but actually this is more about her teacher. An intimidating teacher who spends much of his time yelling at his students and keeping them focused on drawing with the use of a bamboo sword.
A strong tinge of regret also lacing the story tone. You can feel how Akiko really respect and grateful to him but unfortunately she never got a chance to express those feelings so she wrote Kakukaku Shikajika.
I really enjoy reading this manga not only extremely relevant to me, as an art student, but it is relevant for everyone. I feel like everyone has a bit of her to relate to. The struggles in life and with your dream. The “What do you want to be when you grow up?” kind of phase. And the struggling with the dying out of the passion you have for something.
I think you guys have experienced similar feelings.
Another weekend project to share. I’m still obsessed lately with salmon texture so I decided to make this gift wrap. It would be a great wrap to adorn your presents, especially for those sushi lovers. Match it with black ribbon or white yarn and simple tags.
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Ito Junji’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu is another manga about daily life of pets and their mangaka owner. But if you expect something like Sentaro with lots of cuddling and sun-filled naps, you’ll probably disappointed. Rather than a slice of life manga, this is really a gag manga where the jokes come from Ito subverting a stereotypical slice of life premise with his own special brand of absurd horror stylings.
If you don’t know Junji Ito, here are some introduction about his works.
(sorry for disturbing images)
Being a cat lover I was excited but also worried to find out about this manga. Would it be a cat horror story with disturbing images of zombie cats? Nope, It’s just a ‘normal’ manga and very different from his usual works. Junji does show certain sense of humor in his horror comics but I didn’t expect what he did here. The mix of his unique horror drawing style and slice of life plot is awesome. The way he draws the cats is realistically depicted, and his over-the-top portrayal of himself is great.
You see, this is Junji Ito’s true story of his life. There were even the real pictures of Yon and Muu. I can’t stop laughing that actually there’s a skull pattern on Yon’s back.
I enjoyed this a lot, and Cat Diary is a great read for when you still want to experience Ito’s brand of storytelling while going a little lighter on the mind-screwing horror.