A friend recently went to Tokyo and knowing how obsessive I am over Takarazuka she headed to the theatre there and got me some goodies :3 I told her my current fave was Mizu Natsuki, hence she got me a Mizu folder and stickers (which I will probably never ever use and instead frame and put on display XD). Guh, Mizu's so gorgeous *-* I'm so sad she's retiring this year, but I hope she'll continue in the entertainment business (wants to see her transform from her otokoyaku yumminess to gorgeous lady).
Along that same vein, I found out today there's another student at my school who LOVES Takarazuka. So that makes 2 now *dances*. It's so awesome, I can sit and squee over the sparkliness of Zuka with them for hours XDD Next week she told me she'll bring me a Zuka video and I think I'll bring her one too (my measly collection of 2 DVDs TAT All my other ones are in Canada *sniff*).
This was a package of goodies I got from a student recently. Like I said before, my students are amazing. The week before I had given this particular student some sweets I had made for her to try and the following week she came back with this XD I had enough bread for breakfast to last a week and she also gave me this adorable towel/clothe she got in Okinawa. The colouring on it was done in a traditional Japanese method, isn't the bunny so cute?
So the bento above was actually from awhile ago, but I never got around to posting the pic. Ever since I started making bentos I haven't bought any lunches out and I'm having quite a bit of fun making these little things, especially using onigiris to make cute things.
This was a yukata I bought recently. A lot of stores are selling these for the summer (a yukata is a lot lighter than a kimono, less expensive generally and is worn during the hot and humid summer months here). Some are super cheap (cheapest I found were about $20) while others can be quite expensive. Also, I was really impressed with how amazingly the Japanese have managed to mingle traditional clothing with a modern twist. They sell the cutest little accessories with these yukatas, little dangly charms for your obi bow, fans with adorable charms attached, obijime tied intricately like those Chinese knots, etc., etc. It's one aspect of Japan that I really admire and appreciate and I hope no matter how developed or "modernized" the country becomes it never loses this traditional aspect of it that makes it so unique. For my yukatta, I didn't want a cotton-candy pink because that's just too much cute for me, but I wanted to stay away from the dark colours like black and purple I usually go for in my everyday clothing, so I chose this dark pink. You can see in the second picture that all the flowers are lined with sparkles, it's really nice *O*
I'm so excited, in July there's a big summer festival in Nagasaki with fireworks and I really want to wear my yukata and go see the festival~
[EDIT]: This post on talk_politics is quite interesting. The OP asked people to post their most politically incorrect beliefs and reading through them I have to say it's actually quite refreshing to see such frankness coming from everyone, and a lot of the things they've mentioned I myself support. Ironically, I think one of my beliefs that I usually don't broadcast to people is that political correctness is overrated and has gotten to the point where it's starting to hinder political discussion rather than improve it. When you have people screaming for national anthems to be changed because it mentions 'sons' and not 'daughters' and thus it is sexist I think we've crossed a line (and I think some people have too much time on their hands).
Another political pet peeve I have is the whole feminism thing. I mean yeah I'm glad women are now deemed as "people" under Canadian law and we can vote and blah, blah, blah, but at the same time I don't feel like the currently feminists (or some of them anyway) really even represent women. What they push for is women to be more like men. Strong, powerful women that dislike staying in the house and being the stereotypical housewife type is the kind of women they seem to see as successful products of the feminist movement and what they strive to make every women into. Qualities that have traditionally been associated with women, gentleness, softness, kindness, nurturing, patient, tender, they still carry a sense of negativity with them. To be these things carries a sense that one is weak, and we must be strong-willed, competitive, aggressive even and compete with the men to be the CEO, to be the Prime Minister or the President, that's the only way to show our strength as women. To me, a true feminist movement wouldn't only focus on giving women the opportunity to reach those goals, but also to make the qualities that women have traditionally been deemed as possessing to be seen more positively and not as just a weakness that hinders us, because honestly, I .like being thought of as being gentle, kind, nurturing, patient and tender (even though I am quite lacking in most...hrm...maybe all of those departments XDD).