Happy Nino Month!!

Hiya minna-san! It’s been a while since I updated just about anything in the cyber world…and yes, I’m still alive and kicking. LOL RL has been super crazy and busy…I know I owe messages to some [you know who you are ] and will get them out soon, I promise. XD In the mean time, I restarted my amateur writing so go and enjoy the newest chapter to my Arashi fanfic – Fragmented Reflections at Episode 8. It stars Matsumoto Jun, Ninomiya Kazunari and Takeuchi Yuko.

Also, my Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan fanfic with Hijikata and Chizuru titled Beyond Dreams. Modern, alternative universe.

…and my Jang Hyuk fanlisting. So excited that I was approved for his super hunk. Did anyone see him in the CCTV3 reality show – Ding Ge Long Dong Qiang (叮咯咙咚呛 / 딩거룽둥창) – with his buddy Kim Jong Kook along with Jay Park, Kangta, Jo Seho and a few others. They were absolutely amazing in learning and performing traditional Chinese opera. I am not sure how long they were at the schools, but it was a very short period of time and they were required to compete in front of a large audience in traditional attire and makeup. All of artists were fabulous, but I applaud the most to the Korean ones, it was difficult enough with the language and culture barriers. Excellent program that entertains and to bring new light to traditional arts.

Full episodes on Youtube, no English subtitles, in Mandarin Chinese

Themesong – I wished Jang-oppa had performed with them too, but Kim Jong Kook and the other were great:

Aren’t those opera dolls super cute? I really want one. XD

Stunning Hijikata x Chizuru fanart by RETRO★HERO

I’m sure that most Toshi and Chizuru fans are familiar with artist, Aeri Kajiwara (かじわら), who is associated with the doujinshi circle, RETRO★HERO. Her artwork is quite similar to Yone Kazuki (artist to video game, Hakuouki) and might be mistaken to be from the original. This was an oversight of mine as well at the very first glance, but afterward an in-depth review, you can definitely recognize the differences.

Kajiwara-sensei’s drawings are beautiful, classy and charming; you would easily be mesmerized by the tender and gentle moments captured. The facial expressions for her characters are defining yet delicate. Their clothing are brushed in with care and detail along with the usage of the soft and gentle color palette. While backgrounds are minimal, they serve as a nice accessory to the main focus.

Most of Kajiwara-sensei’s work online are PG-13, however, you can easily find R rated doujinshi if you shop at a store that carries this type of media. I do not own any at the moment, but would love to grab a few whenever I visit Japan. XD

Aeri Kajiwara/RETRO★HERO: Pixiv | Official website

蝦夷夫婦 by かじわら on pixiv

ちーむ箱館 by かじわら on pixiv

それは甘い契約 by かじわら on pixiv

蝦夷夫婦恋日和 by かじわら on pixiv

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Hakuouki Yome Bento Cards

Just got these in the mail yesterday and aww…they are cho kawaii! I had to frame them so they could be stared at each day! XD

LOL…the message to Kazama from the wife was great and the only one without his favorite in the bento box! With my limited Japanese, it’s something along the lines of…if you like it so much (sake that is), you can now have as much as you want! LOL

If you’re wondering what each of their favorite foods are, here it is:

Toshi – Takuan (沢庵) ~ I like these too, had a couple a few days ago..hehe.
Saito – Tofu (豆腐)
Okita – Confetti candy (金平糖) ~ He’s such a kid at heart!
Kazama – Sake (酒)
Harada – Miso soup (味噌汁)
Heisuke – Sushi (お寿司)

If anyone can fully translate them, I would be truly grateful.