my mom has the same scarf
i love her hair who did it
Those are some very nice seats!
I wonder what track she’s on…. By the map behind her, I think she’s on the blue one.
I really love her choice in clothing omg
look at that cool artwork next to her on the window
oh I really like her tights they’re tealish green very pretty
I bet she’s going to the airport.
I don’t think brown chairs and brown floor was a good idea, they should have mixed the colours up a bit, added a splash of red maybe
I really like her skirt. It’s pretty.
DO NONE OF YOU NOTICE THE TRAIL OF BLOOD LEADING TO THE DEAD PEOPLE IN THE BACKGROUND? WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH YOU ALL?!
Inspired by the rich gold and black of Dolce and Gabbana’s A/W 2012 collection, I saw this fabric and knew it was meant to be. Just finished over Thanksgiving weekend, it’s been a great relief since I haven’t sewn anything this ambitious in a long time.
It’s done! I wonder what my next sewing project should be. I’m on a roll!
Gorgeous! The pleating with the paisley? (brocade? tapestry) fabric is just great. Impeccable taste as usual!
NO NO NO YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND THIS IS A REALLY FAMOUS ANIMATION FILM TECHNIQUE DONE BY ONE INSANE STUDIO YEARS AND YEARS AGO IN GERMANY, ONLY A FEW FILMS, BECAUSE OF HOW HARD THEY WERE TO MAKE.
EACH AND EVERY FRAME OF THESE MOVIES ARE OIL PAINTINGS ON GLASS.
*this kills the artist*
(Discounting the pious and too-obvious answers of the Bible and the Book of Common Prayer:)
- Sasameyuki/The Makioka Sisters, by Tanizaki Jun’ichirō
- A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
- The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor
- Breeze through Bamboo: The Kanshi of Ema Saikō
- Gravity and Grace, by Simone Weil
- Sarashina nikki, by Lady Sarashina/Takasue no Musume
Honourable mention…no. Too many. Too many. Let’s just say any and all Miura Ayako, Umberto Eco, and Christina Rossetti for now. Oh and the Revelations of Divine Love, and the Fioretti. And the Lotus Sutra, at least in Burton Watson’s translation. And there’s still a very big place in my heart for The Little Prince, The Selfish Giant, and Beatrix Potter. And Anne of Green Gables. And Emily Dickinson. And Tolkien, in particular the Silmarillion, and LeGuin’s The Word for World is Forest and The Left Hand of Darkness. And…
IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER BECAUSE HOW COULD I:
Sailor Saturn, Sailor Mars, Kinomoto Sakura, Saint Tail (who’s a lot more badass than is immediately apparent), Umi from Rayearth, and Rue from Princess Tutu.
Honourable mentions to all the other senshi, the other Magic Knights, Princess Tutu herself, the Madoka girls (although putting them next to the magical girls from other, less relentlessly depressing and negative series seems a little perverse to me), and Tomoyo because shut up Tomoyo totally counts.
- Kara no Kyoukai
- Shoujo Kakumei Utena
- Aoi Hana
Honourable mention to Evangelion, because it was one of the first I saw and although I don’t think it’s anywhere near the flawless masterpiece that some people seem to there really is some great stuff in it. And Martian Successor Nadesico for similar reasons, plus it’s hilarious and heartbreaking and deserves to be remembered better than it is.
- Cardcaptor Sakura
- Aoi Hana
- Hourou Musuko
- Fullmetal Alchemist*
- Sailor Moon
- Shingeki no Kyojin**
Honourable mention to Otoyomegatari for its absolutely gorgeous art, lovingly detailed historical worldbuilding, and likeable characters, even though there are other manga whose storylines I like better.
*from what I remember of it
**with some caveats such as it’s not finished yet, it’s obviously not for everyone, and there are some potentially very worrying thematic elements that I have yet to fully investigate
- I have this Finnish hymnal and Lutheran prayer book from the nineteenth century that’s at the same time one of my favourite things that I own and one of my least. It’s one of my least because in the past I botched a repair attempt in a way that marred the beauty of the title page, and every time I open it it reminds me of how stupid I was then. It’s one of my favourite because of everything else about it.
- Not technically something I own but I don’t like my family’s flatscreen TV. I still don’t trust non-CRTs.
- I have this really ugly watch that I never wear, along with the nicer but still unexceptional watch that I do wear.
- I used to have a swimsuit that I really hated but I finally got rid of it recently so that doesn’t count. So another article of clothing that I really don’t like very much is this poorly-made and aggressively drab shirt that I wear when I don’t have anything else clean.
- I’ve never liked my first-year Japanese textbook much, especially since I know that there are better ones available.
- There are several really embarrassing early childhood photos of me that my mother won’t let us throw away for, admittedly, probably fairly good reasons, considering.
Top six foods:
- Apples! Particularly the kind of tart, aromatic, flavourful apples that we’re so good at growing around here—McIntoshes and the like. On their own, as juice or cider, in a crumble, in a pie—anywhere, really.
- Plain yoghurt with just a little honey and maple syrup. It’s delicious, and it tastes realer, somehow, than yoghurt that comes already flavoured.
- Lentil soup, either the way my mother makes it or the way an acquaintance of mine called Janet makes it. The former is in a greenish stock, the latter in a reddish.
- Potato leek soup, the way my mother makes it.
- Curry with lots of carrots and onions and maybe some apples, particularly if it’s served over udon.
- Green beans provided they’re seasoned in a very specific way. I’m not even sure what’s actually in the kinds that I like, just that I know them when I have them.
Honourable mention to runny fried eggs and toast.
Top six Japanese foods:
- The aforementioned curry.
- Kitsune-udon, which is udon in a vegetable stock along with this delicious style of fried tofu. I had it for the first time at a little streetfront place on Imadegawa-dōri in Kyoto and fell absolutely in love.
- Mango shaved ice with real mango chunks in it. I’m cheap like that sometimes. Not necessarily a ‘traditional’ Japanese food but they sell that in Kyoto too. Shaved ice in general, really, especially considering how God-awfully hot parts of Japan get in the summer months. It’s as bad as the Deep South, I swear.
- Japanese apple juice, which is cloudy and light yellow-brown—similar colour and consistency to some pineapple juice, really—and somewhere between American apple juice and American apple cider in terms of how it feels in the mouth and tastes.
- Okonomiyaki! I can’t vouch for all okonomiyaki, but the way I like to order it—with scallions, onion skins, shredded cabbage (which is a lot easier to find in Japan than other leafy green vegetables for whatever reason), and finely chopped carrots and maybe radishes in the basic floury-omelette pancake—is one of the best things I’ve ever had.
- Kaiyaki, which is a regional food from Aomori in the far north of Honshu made by scrambling an egg in a seashell and as it scrambles mixing in scallions and miso. I don’t normally like scrambled eggs but I love kaiyaki.
Honourable mention to broiled eel, which is really delicious but which I’m lately not a hundred per cent comfortable with eating, for the reasons that we’ve discussed in private.