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tsubame: (wings)
Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 01:54 am
I was at Sensei's house one time, and his son, and some of his son's friends, were studying in the kitchen. Sensei asked my then-roommate and I if we would come downstairs so that the kids could try their English on us; we agreed. We went downstairs and answered their questions in our best slow, clear English-teacher voices. I don't remember most of them save the last; they asked us, "what is your favorite place in Kyoto?"

My flatmate said Kiyomizudera, a beautiful temple perched on the mountains to the east of the city. It's the obvious choice, of course: the buildings and grounds are beautiful, there's a view of the city, the temples and relics are old and significant, they illuminate the cherry blossoms in the spring and the maple trees in the autumn, there is a perpetually-flowing spring of pure water you can drink right out of the ground. The road up the mountain is through a charming old district; the shops have been catering to tourists for hundreds of years. The great stage of Kiyomizudera is a miracle of engineering, built without a single nail. It floats among the trees, and catches a refreshing breeze even in the stickiest Kyoto summer. There are fun festivals there; it even boasts credible wisteria which grow on trellises and shade benches where pilgrims can rest. There are charming eateries tucked among the groves of trees beneath the temple. Maiko and geisha regularly come to visit in full regalia, since it is the patron temple of one of Kyoto's "flower towns."

Everyone nodded when my roommate gave her answer; clearly Kiyomizudera is one of the most wonderful places in Kyoto.

Then it was my turn, and I had to think. What place in Kyoto could compare to Kiyomizudera's virtues?

"This house," I said.

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I have no skill at art whatsoever, but I doodle for fun, and thought I might as well put up a few of my slightly-more-credible scribbles. Behind a cut to protect your eyes. Primary mediums are pencil (my favorite cheap-ass Bic mechanicals) and colored pencils.

Pencil Detritus )
tsubame: (sleepy)
Sunday, October 2nd, 2011 12:57 am
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Fresco map of Italy, from the map rooms in the Vatican

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tsubame: (reading)
Monday, September 6th, 2010 02:59 pm
"I'm beginning to think that Turners are a bit like jazz-- they must be experienced in person or not at all."
~me


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My hometown is beautiful. There's really no denying it. There are endless seas of green lawns, gracious houses, stately trees casting dappled islands of shade. There's an abundance of chipmunks, squirrels, rabbits, skunks, songbirds. Lately we've been acquiring brown-dappled hawks, badgers, foxes, and owls. The streets are wide and well-paved, and once and a while a car glides through. The sky is so blue that at its xenith it is almost purple. The wind sighs gently through arched cathedrals of branches.

It has always been amazing to me, as I moved through this peaceful land of gold and green, that I so seldom see people out and about enjoying it.

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The cast for the Ooku movie is so hilarious and awesome that I can't believe it. I really, really want to see that movie now. Nino as the lead role?! Hilarious enough, but they also cast TAMAKI HIROKI?!

and Tadayoshi Okura from Kanjani8 as theguywhohasamassivecrushonhim.

Oh great gods I cannot stop laughing. And I lack words to describe how awesome this is. And I want to go to Barnes and Noble to read the rest of the manga. Well, the rest of the manga that's out, as it's one of those that is published exceedingly slowly. I understand that they're planning a ten-book release, of which four have come out in English. Looks like there are six out in Japanese, at least according to amazon.co.jp.

oh come on they're all playing men who live in the (female) shogun's harem HOW CAN THIS NOT BE AWESOME.
Tuesday, September 26th, 2006 11:29 pm
On a lite-er note, a pirate!

The joke in the artist's comments had me laughing for a good long while.
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Monday, September 4th, 2006 10:41 pm
It's fun to periodically stop by one's old haunts and see what the updates are. Case in point: Solid & Etc, a lovely Hellsing fanart site. With lots of fun, violent, beautiful, and twisted fanart on it. And sometimes all of those at once, which certainly seems appropriate for a manga/anime like Hellsing, which likewise manages all four at various times.

Though one must sometimes be careful clicking around the site. Content can get just as questionable as Hellsing does. Possibly more (Hellsing itself can get rather questionable, after all).

The extremity of my obsession with Hellsing has long since faded; I'm not up on the manga or the anime releases. In fact, I don't know particularly much about either. And I no longer go by Solid & Etc once a week for the latest pic. However, this is in a way nice because when I do go back, I get to shuffle through a lot of pics.

And even back in the day, I've never been able to resist the urge to poke fun at Hellsing. The manga certainly has a sense of humor about what it is, a humor that matches it perfectly, bizarrely enough. Hellsing is difficult to classify and difficult to describe, and I think that's one of the reasons I've always liked it.

Oh, and because Integral pwns. EVERYONE.

Be aware that, despite my irreverance, this is one of my favorite fansites anywhere.

And now, for no other reason than because I feel like doing it, my somewhat silly and definately spoiler-ish (though bear in mind I'm about two years out of date, myself) commentary on some of the Solid & Etc Hellsing gallery! Severely questionable content and humor from here on in! )
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Saturday, November 5th, 2005 05:09 pm
So. Some time ago, [livejournal.com profile] majochan generously drew a picture for me. More recently, she inked it and colored it, and the result was . . . well. Spectacular seems too small a word, so I'll let the pic speak for itself, shall I?

Beware the Angst. There is much Angst. Oh yea verily.

Anyway, the pose itself is rather allegorical more than anything else, and I'll happily ramble about how it's allegorical if queried. But it seems somehow inappropriate to do that here, when the pic conveys by its very being everything that I could possibly say about it.

Majo is amazing, and I am unworthy of the skill and talent she's lavished on my poor creations. Though Emrys would take exception if he heard me referring to him as such . . .
Tuesday, February 8th, 2005 02:56 am
We read Lord Byron's Manfred for class today, and over the course of our discussion I realized that Emrys posesses certain frightening similarities to that particular manifestation of the Byronic hero. First of all, he's insufferably arrogant and rather self-focused. Then we have the fact that he's continously tormented by his past, he has been made cynical through long experience, he's looking for forgiveness or condemnation (more the latter than the former, since he doesn't believe forgiveness is possible), and his attempts to kill himself tend to get thwarted in a handy manner. Oh, and he firmly believes that humanity should be collectively dropped in a big soapy vat and given a good scrubbing because they're kind of icky.

It's rather silly, if you think about it.

Which means, of course, that he doesn't appreciate the comparison even a little bit. In fact, I think his reaction might somewhat resemble this. Beware the Byronic pillow attack of DOOM!

Have I mentioned lately that [livejournal.com profile] majochan rocks my world hardcore? Because she does. Her coolness is well over the border of astounding.
Friday, January 21st, 2005 07:27 pm
The sky is perfectly clear, a clarity that comes only with the frigid stillness of the air. Every breath burns at the lungs and coats the throat with ice. All is perfectly still, the winter constellations frozen points of pale fire punched into the sky. The open fields are blanketed in a clean, flawless layer of snow. Through them cuts a path, dark as a misplaced piece of the sky. It slopes gently along the broad curve of the land. Arched street lamps reveal it, their diffuse light glazing the surface of the snow to pearlescence and swallowed by the black below. Further from the path, the light fades, and darkness establishes itself again. Beyond the radius of the lamps there could be anything. Perhaps there is a forest there, the naked boles of deciduous trees, fallen leaves beneath the snow. Perhaps some unexpected ravine, a rocky gully. Or perhaps there is nothing, as there is no sound, and the world ends beyond the light.
Saturday, January 8th, 2005 05:04 am
"I'm a simple person," I said to the man at the piercing place. "I like simple things."

This is, of course, true. I am also a ridiculously complex person and I take great delight in ridiculously complex things.

I appreciate consistancy, but dwelling in contradiction is a hell of a lot more interesting.
Monday, October 18th, 2004 02:43 am
Majo is teh uber, teh awesome. See what she did for me? Just because I adore bulky sweaters? Join me in Majo-worship. (Pam, have you thoughts? I've been lurking trying to talk to you, but I guess you have a life and are accomplishing other things . . .)

She did a great one of her boys, too. Apparently having white hair makes you prone to falling asleep when wearing a bulky sweater. There are definately worse things.
Wednesday, September 15th, 2004 02:42 am
The wonderful, talented, and most estimable [livejournal.com profile] majochan drew things! Okay, she does that a lot. But more importantly, she drew Emrys and Nghia!!!

Click on the link that reads 'Thea-san's OCs.' While you might not share my incredible joy, the pics are indeed amazing . . .

The existence of said drawings has been making me very, very happy all day.