Tuesday, July 22, 2014



Original title: Rent-a-neko
Country: Japan
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Stars: Mikako Ichikawa

Sayoko is a eccentric but lonely young woman living in cozy house with a bunch of cats as company. She find it a lot easier to get along with cats than with humans, though she seems to long for a human connection and wants to improve on this matter. She make goals and hang them on her wall to inspire her to do better.

For a living she runs all kinds of businesses from trading stocks to reading peoples fortunes, though her rent a cat business is probably her favorite. She lends her cats to people who feel lonely which probably reflects her more than she realizes. And we get to follow her on her journey as she finds new customers.

This movie is funny and lovely to watch. Sayoko makes the funniest faces and she's so adorably cute and original in every way there is. It's hard not to fall in love with her. She's kindhearted and caring and she soon became an inspiration to me. Not to mention I want a house like hers!

What troubled me the most with this movie was the looping theme. The story keeps repeating itself which is something I personally wholeheartedly hate. It bores me to see the pattern and to know what is going to happen. Though despite this I was still able to enjoy this movie, because it is beautifully filmed, has incredible scenery and very interesting characters.

The ending was a bit unsatisfying too in my opinion, because I wanted more of a development and more of a conclusive ending. I would have loved to see Sayoko find what she was looking for. But maybe I'll like it better the second time I watch this. That's usually the case for me anyway :) Despite the critique it's well worth to watch!

And if anyone has any suggestions where to buy asian DVD/blu-rays, please let me know! I'm having a really hard time to get my hands on these!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Instax shots, July

I carried around my Instax all previous weekend! Here's a few shots! :)

Keshiki Bonsai

When I visited the Botanical garden I brought a little souvenir home... :)

A book on how to create your own small Japanese miniature landscape in a pot! This book is filled with beautiful pictures and simple step-by-step instructions. The creations are so beautiful and inspiring I've been having a hard time to put it aside when dinner is ready! ^^ Now I really want to try to make something like this myself! :)

Friday, July 18, 2014

the light of Eärendil, our most beloved star

When I first spotted these at the second hand store I couldn't believe my eyes. My imagination ran wild and I kept hearing Galadriel's voice in my head "I give you the light of Eärendil, our most beloved star". And the more I look at them, the more I feel as if they contain a whole galaxy.

Adventures with my sister, part 2

And here's the rest of the photos from our weekend together! :)

We blew soap bubbles ^^

My sister found some comfort in a giant bunny after losing an auction.

I got this super intense urge to try some pretty hair tutorials I found on youtube and since I can't make them on myself my sister didn't have much of a choice XD Tutorial.

We went to an eco cafe for the first time! It was really different (in a good way!)

The view was great too!

My sister found a cute tiny frog!

We went to the lock area again.

We climbed another mountain to get a good spot to see the ships and the sun set.

My sister didn't bring her camera so she took the funniest selfies with mine instead XD

And that was that! ^^

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hyrule Historia

The most amazing book landed in my mailbox some days ago.

Legend of Zelda  - Hyrule Historia

I think most people my age have a relationship with these games/characters in one way or another. Mine is just as cliche as you can possibly imagine ^^ I was 12 years old and fell - head over heels - for Link. He was my first fictional love and - truth to be told - still my heart beat a bit faster whenever I see a picture of him ^^

*gasp* (。* ﹃ *。)

Adventures with my sister, part 1

My sister spent  five days with me and we had so much fun! I wish I could see her more often! She's my best friend and I treasure her more than anything in this world! Here's a glimpse of what we've been up to! :)

We visited most of the second hand shops, thrift stores, auctions and antique stores in the area.

We dipped our feet in the river and afterwards felt as if we'd been visiting a spa ^^

We biked to the mall and found a new opened ice cream shop! There are no words to describe the geniousness and deliciousness of this place!!

We did plenty of shopping ^^

We watched the bridge open.

We took long walks and enjoyed the nature.

We climbed a mountain ^^

And enjoyed the view!

We went to the lock area.

And lastly, we tried to make ice cream for the first time! It was delicious ^^

Stay tuned for more! :)