Home is where the Titans are

26Mar15 023 Japan Kyushu Nagasaki Hashima Gunkanjima Battleship Island

As I was working on a post about my 2015 day trip to Gunkanjima, I remembered something that the guide shared in jest as we were gazing upon the sad remains of that abandoned mining colony. Not her exact words – probably very far from her exact words, in fact (I’m both translating and trying to recall a year-old anecdote) – but it was something to this effect:

They shot scenes for the Attack on Titan movie on this island. Of course, an old auntie like me wouldn’t know much about that sort of thing … it’s only cool young folk like her [gesturing to a younger guide] who are into that stuff!

Moral of the day: when part of a tour group, it sometimes pays to switch off the company-issued English audio guide now and then. You don’t know how old that canned recording is, and you never know when the live Japanese commentary might include a few juicy references to recent pop-culture phenomena. (^_^)

Dic nobis, María, quid vidísti in via?

Annibale Carracci - Holy Women at Christ's Tomb

Sepúlcrum Christi vivéntis et glóriam vidi resurgéntis.
Angélicos testes, sudárium et vestes.
Surréxit Christus, spes mea: præcédet vos in Galilaeam.

Diego wishes you, your family, and all your loved ones a very happy Easter.

After years – YEARS – of searching…

Gintama Okita Eye Mask

…this pops up on the shelves of a Jump Shop within a short train ride of my Tōkyō hotel. Best 926 yen I’ve ever spent.

I’ve got you now, Hijikata. My eyes of doom will be upon you night and day, waiting for the right moment when I can smother you to death in your own mayonnaise.

He just had to say ひよこ. Dash it all to heck.

Awww, c’mon Yūto-kun. You just had to say “hiyoko”, didn’t you.

Not something I’d expected to hear whilst watching the latest (legally) subtitled episode of The Return of Superman.

Thanks, or should I say no thanks, for reminding me of one of my favourite pastries, a delightfully sweet and delectable – not to mention cute – speciality of Fukuoka, something that I’m not likely to taste again until my next trip to Japan.

Sure, that’s just a couple of weeks from now, but man … you’ve just made the wait seem so much longer.

I’ll probably end up toting a small fortune’s worth of the stuff when I come home, to help tide me over until the next return visit. And it will be all Yūto’s fault.

新年明けましておめでとうございます

Greeting the new year K-ON style

Diego happily wishes you all the best in the year ahead. ~(‾⌣‾~)

Nolíte timére…

Nativity 2015

…ecce enim, evangelízo vobis gáudium magnum, quod erit omni pópulo: quia natus est vobis hódie Salvátor, qui est Christus Dóminus, in civitáte David.

Diego wishes you, your family, and all your loved ones a very happy Christmas.

I don’t care a whit about Love Live or Hanayo…

…but rice in a bottle? Sold!

No, seriously. Rice is only ever sold in bags where I come from, but a large plastic bottle seems like the perfect vessel for storing a batch of top-grade Uonuma Koshihikari. I can simply pour out as much as I need and cap off the rest. Easy peasy.

And I don’t give a hog’s bristle as to whose face they plaster over the label. I’m too busy ogling those perfect, beautifully formed grains inside to even notice.

Incidentally, I’ve tasted Uonuma Koshihikari a couple of times during my trips to Japan. Good quality, sure, and far better than the usual type I eat back home, but not all that different from regular Koshihikari. I wouldn’t bother paying a premium for it.

Okay, random lunatic spiel over. (What was I even talking about?) Good night.

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