I’m not sure which exact days these are from, but they’re just random pictures I’ve shared on my social media.
I’ve thrown in quotes randomly in my blog, but these are some quotes I really like.
Certain kinds of knowledge rob people of their sleep.” – Haruki Murakami
“A man who has been through bitter experiences and traveled far enjoys even his sufferings after a time.” — Homer, The Odyssey
“Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.” ―
“Books are often far more than just books.” – Roxane Gay, Bad Feminist
“There is nothing alive more agonized than man” ―
“Failure is a bruise, not a tattoo.” – Jon Sinclair
“Things are as they are. Looking out into the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations.” — Alan Watts
“The fastest way to kill something special, is to compare it to something else.” — Unknown
“Women’s sovereignty is central to Indian sovereignty because nations cannot be free if their Indian women are not free.” — Bonnie Clairmont, Hochunk anti rape activist
“If one is satisfied with things, one doesn’t complain about the downsides that exist, either.” – Georg Henrik von Wright, Finnish philosopher
“I need days when I can be alone, to think, to daydream.” — Margarita Karapanou, tr. by Karen Emmerich, from “Rien ne va Plus”
“My heart is just like the ocean, has storm and calm and tides” — Heinrich Heine, tr. by Aaron Kramer, from “You Lovely Fisher-Maiden”
“Laugh, cry, sing, become a flower” – flumpool, “Hana Ni Nare”
“Just because the nights are lonely, don’t force yourself to love somebody” – flumpool, “Yoru wa Nemureru kai?”
“Consider not whitewashing your film and receiving tons of love.” – John Cho
“I craved desperately some great savage joy, no matter how immense the suffering that might ensue.” — Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human
“Some days seem to fit together like a stained glass window. A hundred little pieces of different color and mood that, when combined, create a complete picture.” — Maggie Stiefvater, Shiver
“We suffer more often in imagination than in reality” – Seneca
“I was never really insane except on occasions where my heart was touched.” – Edgar Allan Poe
“All suffering originates from craving, from attachment, from desire.” — Edgar Allan Poe
“A library is a place where you can lose your innocence without losing your virginity.” – Germaine Greer
“Every 12 years Jupiter returns to the same position in the sky; every 370 days it disappears in the fire of the Sun in the evening of the west, 30 days later it reappears in the morning to the east …” — Gan De, a Chinese astronomer. He was born around 400 BCE.
“The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions…” — Leonardo da Vinci
“The fury of a demon instantly possessed me. I knew myself no longer. My original soul seemed, at once, to take its flight from my body; and a more than fiendish malevolence, gin-nurtured, thrilled every fibre of my frame.” — Edgar Allan Poe
“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you.” — Lao Tzu
“Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment.” — Lao Tzu
“Simplicity, patience, compassion. These are your three biggest treasures.” — Lao Tzu
“My head is full of things that I never tell anyone about” – Ling tosite sigure, Abnormalize
“I believe in you.” Words that water flowers – Michael Faudet
“Et tu, Brute!” — William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar. Act iii. Sc. 1.
“People are losing their fear of hell,” asserts an evangelist. Well no wonder-it is said that familiarity breeds contempt.” – The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois, October 9, 1948
“Even my own reflection turns its back on me.” – La reproduction interdite 1937, René Magritte
“They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” — Edgar Allan Poe, The Tell-Tale Heart
“I am both happy and sad at the same time, and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.” — Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
“Oh… So you’re at a movie too.” – Tampopo. Dir. Juzo Itami. 1985.
“In this world, there are things you can only do alone, and things you can only do with somebody else. It’s important to combine the two in just the right amount.” — Haruki Murakami
“Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.” — Unknown
“Each of us has heaven and hell in him.” — Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” — Oscar Wilde
“I think it’s very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not be defined by another person.” — Oscar Wilde
“If a poem hasn’t ripped apart your soul; you haven’t experienced poetry.” — Edgar Allan Poe
“Desiring to be loved, yet despise being owned” — Hebe Tien
“The moon was the most spectacularly beautiful desert you could ever imagine. Unspoilt. Untouched. It had a vibrancy about it and the contrast between it and the black sky was so vivid, it just made this impression of excitement and wonder.” – Charlie Duke
“In Japan, we practice something called forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku. Shinrin in Japanese means “forest,” and yoku means “bath.” So shinrin-yoku means bathing in the forest atmosphere, or taking in the forest through our senses.” — Qing Li, ‘Forest Bathing’ Is Great for Your Health. Here’s How to Do It, Time
“No matter how honestly you open up to someone, there are still things you cannot reveal.” — Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki
Most of these are from books, but some are from movies and some are song lyrics and even tweets. All mediums are important.
If you like reading, I recommend “On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning” by Haruki Murakami. It’s a short story and you can read it in five minutes.
I also love this poem:
“The colour of this flower
Has already faded away,
While in idle thoughts
My life goes by,
As I watch the long rains fall.”
– Ono no Komachi
You can read an earlier post on quotes here.
Listening to: Carrying You (Jazz ver.)
Please understand that this is my personal view. Opinions are my own.
If you’ve watched the Dressrosa Arc in One Piece, you’ll be familiar with Chinjao, an older character who had a grudge on Garp over an incident that happened many, many years ago. Because Luffy is Garp’s grandson, Chinjao hated Luffy too. Luffy yelled back and said that he had nothing to do with the incident and I thought that was so powerful. This scene reminded me of Japan’s and China’s strained relationship.
If you do not have knowledge on the Nanjing Massacre or Unit 731, it would be helpful to read up on those incidents to understand the context of this post. If you are a child, read about those events when you are older!!! Basically, the Japanese military committed atrocious acts during the Second Sino-Japanese War against Chinese and Korean people. Today, the Japanese government has not taken steps to properly acknowledge those acts. It’s one of the big reasons why Japan and China do not have a good relationship today.
Back to One Piece – Luffy yelled that he had nothing to do with Chinjao’s grudge and after their fight, Chinjao and Luffy were on good terms because Luffy made the situation better. I thought this was a very positive message, that we should not hate people who were not directly involved in the incident. We should never forget about the Nanjing Massacre, but I have hope that the current and future generations will work together so that Japan and China can have a good relationship.
Anime: Rachel Gardner (Ray) from Satsuriku no Tenshi
Most of the anime I watched this year were not seasonal anime. Non-anime shows and movies, shows I dropped, put on hold, and shows I’m currently watching are excluded from this post. I’m also probably missing some titles.
Anime Series I’ve Completed in 2018
* Koi wa Ameagari no You ni (After the Rain) – I’ve reviewed this beautiful anime, which you can read about in this post.
* Violet Evergarden – I highly recommend this stunning anime because it will tug on your heartstrings.
* Shingeki no Kyojin Season 3 (Attack on Titan Season 3) – I was disappointed when they stopped airing season 3 halfway, when it was reportedly supposed to have over 20 episodes.
* Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor – Kaiji is my third favourite anime, and the best psychological anime I’ve seen.
* Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Hakairoku-hen – This is the second season of Kaiji.
* Touhai Densetsu Akagi: Yami ni Maiorita Tensai – This is by the same creator of Kaiji, and the focus is on mahjong.
* One Outs – This is by the same creator of the manga, Liar Game. It’s a psychological baseball anime.
* Steins;Gate – This was difficult to get into, and my opinion of it did not change halfway through, contrary to what others were telling me.
* Tokyo Ghoul – The beginning was slow, but last episode was amazing. It has the best anime opening. I reviewed the last episode, which you can read here.
* Inuyashiki – This is one of my favourite anime. It’s not as heavy as Gantz, but there are mass murders.
* Kamisama no Memochou (Heaven’s Memo Pad) – The last episode left a lasting impression on me. I’ve reviewed this anime, which you can read here.
* Jigoku Shoujo Futakomori (Hell Girl Season 2) – This was a great anime, and the latter of the series was super interesting. I reviewed this series in this post.
* Jigoku Shoujo: Yoi no Togi (Hell Girl: The Fourth Twilight) – I wouldn’t recommend this one, unless you are an avid fan of Hell Girl. I reviewed this series in this post.
* Sakamoto Desu ga? – A good watch if you’re looking for comedy or slice of life.
* Boku dake ga Inai Machi (Erased) – I absolutely loved this anime, and it’s a series I can binge. The ending is too rushed, but the Netflix live-action adaptation does a better job with the ending,
* Chuukan Kanriroku Tonegawa – This is a spin-off featuring the antagonists from Kaiji, Tonegawa and Ootsuki. It is a comedy, and has made me laugh on several occasions. I looked forward it every week. You can read my Tonegawa post here and Ootsuki post here.
* Boku no Hero Academia 3rd Season – I had to take a break from it because of the hype, but I’m really glad I returned to it. There were uninteresting parts, but it became really good afterwards. I’m looking forward to the fourth season.
Anime Movies I’ve Completed in 2018
* Ghost in the Shell – Unpopular opinion, but I don’t like Ghost in the Shell.
* Metropolis – Unpopular opinion, but I don’t like Osamu Tezuka’s works.
* Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (Spirited Away) – Not my favourite Studio Ghibli film…
* Kimi no Na wa. (Your Name) – This is probably my favourite anime film. The colours are beautiful and the music is memorable.
* A Silent Voice – I’m sorry, but I liked Kimi no Na wa. better.
* Steins;Gate Movie: Fuka Ryouiki no Déjà vu – This film made me like Steins;Gate. I was seriously so impressed by it.
* Boku no Hero Academia the Movie: Futari no Hero – I watched this one in the movie theatres, and it was really good. I liked the focus on All Might, but I wish that Froppy played a major role.
* Saint☆Oniisan (Movie) – I need more!
* Tenkuu no Shiro Laputa (Castle in the Sky) – The music is what got me interested in this film. It’s not my favourite Studio Ghibli film, but the ending is great.
Special Episodes I’ve Completed in 2018
* Steins;Gate: Oukoubakko no Poriomania – This didn’t leave an impression on me.
* Steins;Gate: Kyoukaimenjou no Missing Link – Divide By Zero – Sets up the stage for Steins;Gate 0.
* Violet Evergarden: Kitto “Koi” wo Shiru Hi ga Kuru no Darou – I reviewed this beautiful special episode, which you can read here.
OVAs I’ve Completed in 2018
* Saint☆Oniisan – Jesus and Buddha go on vacation in modern day Japan and they are roommates. This is comedy, and it made me laugh out loud.
I’ll probably complete Ore Monogatari!! since we have a little over a week left in 2018.
Thank you for reading my blog this year and in previous years, and I look forward to reviewing more anime in 2019!
I cosplayed as Yuki Nagato from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya at the anime convention, Akimatsuri. You can read about my experience in this post.
There was a light dome nearby~ Thanks for visiting. ❤
I’ve decided to pursue photography as a hobby so I created an Instagram account, which will be the platform in which I’ll post my pictures. By no means am I trying to be professional or anything (I’m not interested in that!). I just think that photography brings me joy. It’s just for fun. I created a new account for it and it will be my main account from now on. I’ve abandoned the old main, personal account (only a handful of you guys know it) because 1, I don’t have feelings towards the pictures I posted and 2, I haven’t kept in contact with half of the people on there. It’s @misswaves
Here are some very old photos I’ve taken:
October 2014 at Nitobe Memorial Garden
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