I don’t do Valentine’s Day. Let’s watch a video of Seungjae instead.

You are welcome. (^_^)

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. (^_^)

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.

100 episodes of laughter, tears … and a whole lot of love

Congratulations to my favourite reality series for reaching the hundred episode mark!

All the best to the production team, the tireless “dinosaur uncles” (fellow fans will know whom I’m referring to), the mums, the dads … and most of all to the real stars of the show, past and present alike.

I’m a little ashamed to admit it, but I’ve always thought that fly swatters were for swatting flies…

…and then I saw this video (more specifically the part from 1:48 onwards).

I can’t believe I’ve been using them the wrong way my entire life!

The one where Seoeon finally pops the big question

If you’re a fellow The Return of Superman fan, there’s no need to explain why the moment captured from 29:40 onward is nothing short of an earth-shattering milestone.

And if you’re not … well, I haven’t got the energy to explain so you’ll need to click here and catch up on nearly two years’ worth of smiles, tears, and insatiable childhood curiosity.

Well done, Seoeon. (^_^)

October 3rd? Sure, let me pencil that in…

I’ve been following news of this adaptation, on and off, since last year.

On the one hand, this isn’t exactly one of my favourite series. I remember dropping the manga fairly early in its run and waiting for the final tankōbon to come out … just so that I can buy it and find out what happened to everyone in the end. (Wikipedia and snippets of spoilers here and there sufficed to fill in the gap.)

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