My Love for One Piece

This post was inspired by Fed’s blog post on his love for Final Fantasy XIV.

Blocks

Sanji/Zoro

Fan Art

Laboon/Nami/Buggy the Clown and transponder snail

Taking Pictures

The Brook wall art was taken at Ki Tea House Cafe, and the devil fruit cake was made by a cake vendor at Anime Revolution.

Fan & Autograph

The fan was a gift from a friend. Kappei Yamaguchi, the seiyuu of Usopp, signed my fan and wrote ‘Usopp’ under his signature! I waited two hours in total, and it was worth it.

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Posters & Plush

The Chopper plush was a birthday gift. I have several One Piece posters.

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Painting

This Zoro painting was a birthday gift, painted by a friend.

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Takoyaki

I bought takoyaki after watching the Straw Hats eat takoyaki made by Hatchan.

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Straw Hat & Cosplay

Luffy’s straw hat was a Christmas gift from a friend.

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Marimo

Sanji calls Zoro ‘marimo.’

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Gatcha

I got Luffy.

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At Sea

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T-shirts

Chopper/Luffy t-shirts from Uniqlo

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Funko Pop

These were graduation gifts from friends.

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Don’t get me wrong – I don’t think owning stuff makes you a “bigger” fan at all. I don’t own a ton of One Piece things but I do own quite a lot of anime things in general. I like to own anime stuff because it makes me happy. I like to see things that I like around me.

To me, being a fan of something or someone just means that you really like it. You don’t have to own merchandise, and you don’t have to know everything about the show. A word of advice: Don’t call someone a “fake fan” because that’s really rude. 🙂 Maybe you are quick to assume their love for the show, and that kind of elitism is toxic. 🙂

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Feeling Happy

My friend, Carmen, went to Anime Revolution on Sunday, August 5 and gave me a signed poster of the Chinese cosplayers, Baozi and Hana. Thank you Carmen for lining up and for asking them to write my name. Baozi and Hana are two of my favourite cosplayers.

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I framed it

Less Blue

I was feeling blue for a while but lately I’ve been feeling much better. A few things helped me. The first was Sudoku.

Honestly, I don’t think Sudoku is fun. However, I was sleeping for 12 hours and then remembered a time when I was very productive. It was when I played games such as Sudoku, chess, and mahjong. I decided to play Sudoku again and later that day I felt energetic enough to get work done! I don’t think it’s a placebo effect because Sudoku stimulates your brain, apparently. My current time is under 10 minutes, and my goal is to finish a puzzle in five minutes.

Another thing that helped me was BiSH’s music. BiSH, also known as Brand-new idol SHiT, is a Japanese idol group. Sometimes the girls stick their middle finger during performances, and some of their music videos have them killing creepy men. They scream in some songs too. I think that’s the coolest thing ever. Their songs sound so good. I listen to their albums on Spotify. My favourites in their Fake Metal Jacket album:

  • BiSH -星が瞬く夜に
  • MONSTERS
  • beautifulさ
  • SMACK baby SMACK (I prefer the 2017 version in THE GUERRiLLA BiSH)
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Homegrown cherry tomatoes

The cool part about this (in my opinion) is that these are grown in a pot. There are a lot of plants at home, including green onion, an assortment of herbs, flowers, succulents, indoor plants and underwater plants.

It’s also good to buy fruits and vegetables locally. I have a ton of apricots from the farmer’s market!

10 Happy Things

I was feeling quite pessimistic and negative, even though I am generally optimistic or neutral. That’s why I decided to blog about ten things that make me happy. Hopefully writing this post will make me feel a bit more appreciative of the little things in life, and it will be something I can read back on in the future.

1. Grass Jelly drink

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My friend gave me a canned grass jelly drink the other day and I loved it. Grass jelly is my favourite bubble tea topping to begin with, but having it as its own drink is cool. It’s a black drink! It’s the perfect amount of sweetness for me (which is not very sweet) and there are small grass jelly chunks. I definitely plan on buying a pack for myself.

2. Boys Love manhua

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LOL LOL. I barely read boys love series now but I follow one shonen ai series, which is Here U Are. It’s by a Chinese author and it’s an ongoing series. Everything is in colour and the art is absolutely amazing. The pacing is slow, which makes the chapters seem short. I’m okay with this though because the relationship shouldn’t be rushed. Every time there is a new update, my day is made.

3. Tales of Vesperia

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This is one of the games I’m currently playing. Most of the JRPGs I’ve played were traditional turn-based so I’m surprised that I’m enjoying the gameplay.  The story, characters and art are all good. I look forward to playing this all the time.

4. Making money

A feeling I hate is spending money without having earned anything. I’m happy that I have a part-time job now so I don’t feel like a lazy butt all the time.

5. Nice people on Twitter

I seriously get so much support on Twitter. Whenever I tweet that I’m in a bad mood, people write words of encouragement. Sometimes people send me private messages. Just the fact that people are trying to cheer me up is the best feeling. Plus, when I’m upset I don’t think rationally but others bring me back to normal. On top of that, I’ve never met these people in real life! It’s refreshing knowing how good the community is. My experience with Twitter has mostly been with anime fans and anime bloggers.

Even my tweets about random thoughts receive a lot of support. I don’t like messaging the same person too many times because I think I will annoy them, so Twitter is the place for me to write down all my thoughts. I don’t like keeping my thoughts bottled up.

6. NARUKO Tea Tree Refreshing Cooling Sunscreen

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This is very specific. I don’t have this product yet, but I am planning on buying it. Not only is it sunscreen, it’s also an anti-acne product. I watched a video of Bii today and he gave his review on this product. All the online reviews I’ve seen are really positive too. I can’t wait to try this out.

7. Hm…

Matcha ice cream

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I can’t wait to eat this again. It’s not very sweet!

8. Latte

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I really like lattes. They look so cute and they also taste good. I would like to go to a cafe by myself or with a friend and order a hot drink. I also love London Fogs.

9. Cosplay

There are a couple of cosplays I’m planning on doing in the near future, as well as future cosplays I would love to do. I want to buy a long pink wig but I’m also saving money at the same time. Ah…

10. Hm

Bed

I’m ready to go to sleep hahaha. Hopefully I’ll have a nice dream.

These ten things are pretty specific to how I’m feeling at this moment. I’m sure most of these will change on any other day. I feel better now!

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What’s up?

I’ve been busy updating my MAL (My Anime List). I’ve always known about it but felt like it was too much work so I never used the site. Now I see the benefits of having an account so I encourage every anime fan to do the same! ><

I don’t feel comfortable sharing my account because I read too many embarrassing series but I can share a screenshot of my stats if I finish. So far I have over 1000 episodes and 2500 manga chapters on there but I haven’t entered most of the shows/series yet.

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I’ve also been thinking of my cosplans. I still want photos for Gumi Matryoshka, Mitsuha (Kimi no Na Wa), Umaru, and Akashi (Kuroko no Basuke). There is a particular location where I want to take photos for Mitsuha so we shall see.

New characters I want to cosplay as are Kiki (Kiki’s Delivery Service) and Luka (Just Be Friends).

 

The songs I listen to change every week and this morning I’ve been listening to:

– Noel’s Theme ~ The Shadow Hunter – Final Fantasy XIII OST

Fun day with Maiko

Maiko is a Japanese exchange student I met some months ago at a social event. She is returning home soon, so I had to see her again one last time.

We went to Suika in Vancouver, BC for lunch. I got miso ramen and it tasted great.

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Even though I’ve only hung out with Maiko during that social event, she got me a gift. She is such a kind-hearted person, and so much fun to hang out with. I wish I got to see her more during the school year but life was so hectic. It’s a letter set from Japan with paper, envelopes, and stickers.

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Details. This is really good quality.

I picked up a couple of cosplay things (brown short wig, and green sneakers – for Kido). We went shopping after our lunch and I also bought the video game, Star Ocean. Maiko bought way more things than me.

I’m really going to miss Maiko, but I’m glad I got to see her before she goes back to Japan.

爱是^_^…

…松弛熊,哈哈!

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The middle photo shows my earmuffs.

Missing from the photo: Tony Tony Chopper plush. I haven’t taken it out of the packaging yet because it’s too cute. ><

See the rest of my Rilakkuma collection here. [INCOMPLETE]

Maybe I will post a photo of anime stuff next time, like my manga, games, posters, figurines, stuffies, cosplay stuff, pins, and others.