Random Thought

Y’know, I don’t check my blog views that often, but when I do, I sometimes see that some of them come from Japan. And then I realize some of my posts do have Japanese in their titles so it makes sense. But then the rest of the blog post is in English and last time I checked, most native Japanese do not speak English at all, and those who do are often not all that fluent. So I kind of feel like I’ve deceived them (sorry!). I got to make sure when I get my vlog up and running that I include Japanese subtitles in all my videos.

That way not only will Japanese people be able to understand what I’m saying, they could also be nice learning material for anyone who’s studying Japanese. Naturally, all my subtitles will have kanji in them. Initially when I started learning kanji I thought it was a silly thing to do since you could technically read and write sentences using hiragana and katakana. But homophones and seeing that sentences can be pretty long if written entirely in hiragana, I understand and can fully appreciate kanji’s purpose. Also in Japanese, there are no spaces between words, so kanji helps break words apart, which makes them easier to read. I actually will talk about why kanji is important to learn in a blog post really soon so stay tuned for that! And with that said, I’m going to watch some anime from KyoAni.

Hope you’re all doing well! Thanks for reading &++ take care!

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Life Lesson #45: Be as Goofy as You Wanna Be

Dear Reinna,

 

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I’ve honestly been thinking about this one lately. Life is far too fleeting to take it too seriously. So fill it with fun, silliness and laughter at every possible opportunity. Never get too serious. Of course serious stuff happens, and there are times when serious is necessary. But there are times when silly is better. As Chili Davis once said, “Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional”. For me, the silly, the goofy and the fun leave brighter spots in my walk through life.

Here are some goofy things I do/did (and I’m currently in my 20’s):

  1. Dance and sing in the rain.
  2. Zip-line at a park.
  3. Jump in puddles.
  4. Make a prank call.
  5. Buy myself toys I’ve always wanted, but never got.
  6. Go through a newspaper and doodle hair and unnecessary features on the photos.
  7. Shove my face in a cake.
  8. Wear whatever I want.
  9. Have a pillow fight.
  10. Ride a trolley down the aisle at a supermarket. 

 

Do you do any of these? I love doing them. Best thing about it all? No regrets. I’m silly, Reiina. I’ve always been and if I live to be old enough as The Golden Girls, I’ll still be silly! Having those fun, silly moments sure helps with that part of me that’s still a kid. And it allows me to grow old, but not boring!

Anime Inspired Me to Exercise

Well, I guess I should say it’s more like Dragon Ball and Fullmetal Alchemist specifically, but still. I was thinking about this as I finally decided to give squats an actual go after realizing that I haven’t been doing ass to grass like I should! To give a little background, I was first inspired to exercise because of professional wrestling. And to be even more specific, Triple H was the biggest incentive. You may or may not know who he is, but here’s a video of him in his prime to give you an idea. Also while growing up, I was one of those kids who could eat as much as I wanted of anything and remain as thin as a twig. However, as I gained more knowledge about health and nutrition I knew it wouldn’t last forever. I’ve been working out on and off since I was in eighth grade, but it was only at the start of this year that I decided to take this exercising thing to a more serious level.

So it’s thanks to anime and professional wrestling that I’m on a journey to be the best I can be. I should also probably note that I was never fat as a kid, but running for an extended period of time was hell and lifting anything heavier than a Hershey’s chocolate bar was not my idea of fun. I’m so glad working out, and lifting weights in particular, has become a fundamental part of my life. I went from being halfhearted and indifferent to exercise, to looking forward to what day (chest day, leg day, arm day, etc.) I’m doing as a highlight. And I found that building my body up changed the way I felt and carried myself as a person. 

Seeing characters like Goku, Vegeta and Edward Elric training inspired me to do the same. Whilst I enjoyed the fight scenes in their respective series, what made me consider fitness as a lifestyle was seeing how physical fitness was important to them. They really exemplify perseverance and accomplishment from a physical standpoint. Whilst I most likely won’t be fighting Frieza or a homunculus any time soon, being strong is never a disadvantage. Exercise for me isn’t just about becoming strong or looking hot with my shirt off (okay, I’m not going to lie like I don’t like those things lol), but it’s about being the best version of myself. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has heard the false dichotomy about brains and brawn that society foists thinking that you’re only allowed one or the other. For me, my physical strength helps in being well-rounded and versatile. I feel like without a strong body, how else can I develop the other aspects that make me to their highest potential?

I guess whilst I’m still talking about anime, I’ll make it known here that I’m short like Edward Elric. What does that mean? Well, it means I most likely the physiological make-up to get huge and ripped like say, Dwayne Johnson or Triple H, but I have gotten stronger than I was in January. And I’m typing this whilst my quads, hamstrings, back and glutes are sore from yesterday’s workout! It’s safe to say that exercising makes me feel my most virile.

Exercise is one of the core elements of my being. It’s the power and force that allows me to feel invigorated and tackle on the other endeavors I wish to pursue. And while I may not need to Kamehameha someone to the sun or transmute it’s still worth my while. And that’s one of the ways anime has inspired me and left a positive impact on my life! Has anime inspired you to do something?   

Internet Forums

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Hello, everynyan!

 

I’ve recently realized that I perennially enjoy internet forums! My question though is, do you use them? The reason I’m asking is ’cause I’ve been using internet forums since I was in middle school! They seem kind of passé in today’s internet world considering chats, Twitter and things like that are more relevant. If you use a certain anime fan site, you’ll most likely see me around posting something. Forum posting has become like my second blog. So it’s like I’m blogging when I’m not blogging! I’m able to manifest my thoughts in another way! The reason none of my forum posts will ever make it on this blog though is because they’re usually very, very short or very, very spammy. I really love posting gifs of my waifus and K-pop idol crushes and this blog doesn’t seem like it’d be a good fit for that on a virtually daily basis. 

I also like 顔文字/kaomoji! (ノ^ヮ^)ノ*:・゚✧ They’re very useful when I want to convey a playful and/or happy demeanor. There are many forums on the internet, and maybe at one point (or maybe you still do) you have used them. Currently, I just use one, but as I hopefully continue to expand my presence on the internet, it too will expand to a few more. To me, forums can be a great place to socialize, since for many people it’s often easier to carry conversations online than in real life. I feel like with my current disposition (i.e., I come on the internet to have fun, and I don’t take myself or anything so serious or personal), internet forums have become a very enjoyable experience since I approach things with the right attitude! 

However, just like any other place on the internet, others do not have the same intentions. They can also be a source of many flame wars, hateful attitudes, and just hate in general. It doesn’t really bother me ’cause I can just block users that want to try and start stuff with me. Oh yeah, reporting their content is also another good move. Just taking a little detour, but if you get hateful, abusive or stalkerish messages/comments please block, delete (if you can) and report them. You don’t need that type of crap in your life and honestly, no one else needs to see it either. I don’t really want to this to become a “How to behave on the internet” since I’ve done a post similar to that. Speaking of stalkers, I remember having one from the forum that I use, very creepy!

One thing about internet forums is that on some you can post anonymously and/or register an account. Regardless, people are given a voice and that may not always be a good thing tbh lol. Between you and me, I’ve read some dumb shit in my day and to this day. And I know I’ve said I’ve been using internet forums since I was a kid so I’m sure I’ve typed dumb shit myself, but I was in middle school! There are people in their 20s, 30s and beyond hurling racial slurs for example, what’s their excuse? Well, I guess since it’s not likely another user is going to come traveling the world just to get to your doorstep to confront you about what you typed, it makes sense there will be people who will act a fool. It doesn’t make sense to me since the way I portray myself offline is the same way I want to portray myself online. The only difference being I want to be more ratchet online. But that’s my behaviour and I’m not going to use it to try and hurt anyone. I’m too secure and old for that shit.

Another thing I’ve found a bit awkward is when certain people bemoan “freedom of speech” on… an… internet…. forum???? Anyone that knows me, knows I’m invested in politics. That’s because policies and leaders affect other people’s lives. And if I didn’t say it before, I’ll say it here now: I’m liberal. I know a number of right wing nuts and conservatives try to make it seem like it’s a dirty word, but… actually, I’ll have a blog post about why I’m on the left side regarding politics another day. Anyway people, freedom of speech, at least in the United States, means the government (say that five times or until you get it) can’t censor or arrest you for what you say. That doesn’t mean other people have to accept or put up with whatever you have to say. If they did, that would violate their freedom of speech. Are internet forums the government? No? Okay then! Why is this so difficult for some people to understand? And if you use an internet forum, I’m certain you know there are rules on what you can post and how to behave. So you automatically can’t say whatever you want whenever you want. If you know the rules of a place, you can avoid some trouble with the moderators in the long-term. If you’re finding it difficult to understand the rules of a site, ask a staff member (typically those who have a rank that includes the word “Administrator” or “Moderator” in their profile). So you can’t complain about “freedom of speech” ’cause internet forums are not the government. 

You might be wondering why this is the case. Well, ’cause online media don’t allow any opinion or belief to be on their content because a lot of people (especially right wingers) have inhumane beliefs that, should they go undisturbed, would disrupt the platform, undermine the quality of service and with all of that diminish the profit of the owners. I can’t imagine anyone wanting to run their ads next to racist, sexist or homophobic comments. 

I guess the last thing I’d like to mention is that it’s a good idea not to argue with other users whilst using an internet forum or just the internet in general. Again, like I’ve said, I’ve been using the internet since I was in fifth grade so what makes you think the person you’re arguing with isn’t a ten year old? There’s no need to stir up negativity or drama anyway. When it comes to users posting hateful and bigoted crap, I just block them and report their post. Personally, I want to make my time on the internet as much fun as possible! And I think that about wraps up what I have to say for today. Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a nice day ahead! 

シティーポップ: A 100 Song Playlist for You

Yes, you the reader! I love city pop! It’s my favourite genre, y’know! I think now’s a good time to give you some songs you can listen, drive, dance, exercise, sleep, relax, and jam to! I realize 100 songs is a lot! But I have an iPod that only has city pop songs and last time I checked, it has a little over 2k songs. So this “playlist” I’m going to share with you all is mostly for your reference and interest. I tried to make this playlist have a little of everything! Meaning, I of course will include personal favourites and ones that were big hits, but also some you may not have heard (assuming you’re a big fan of the genre like I am). I’m sure you’ll also notice some artists will appear more often than others. There are a lot of city pop songs out there, so if you have any favourites that I didn’t list, please let a fella know! With all that said, let’s get to the playlist! Note: All the names of the songs and music artists are in English. Unless it’s easier to find the song or artist in their original Japanese name in search engines and the like. I will also provide my rough translation so just know that they’re not official English translations!

Miki Matsubara – Dream in the Screen

Yurie Kokubu – Just a Joke

Tatsuro Yamashita – Merry Go Round (My favourite Japanese song, yo! <3)

Mariya Takeuchi – Plastic Love

Anri – Windy Summer

Anri – Last Summer Whisper

Cindy – 私達を信じていて (The title translates into “Believing in Us“)

Taeko Ohnuki – Sunshower

Tatsuro Yamashita – Love Space

Yasuha – Flyday Chinatown (her Japanese accent and the Katakana lyrics might make you think she’s saying “Friday”, but from reading the lyrics and hearing the song, she’s supposed to be saying “Flyday”.)

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Kaoru Akimoto – Dress Down

Junko Ohashi – Dancin’

Tomoko Aran – I’m In Love

Junko Yagami – 黄昏のBay City

Meiko Nakahara – Fantasy

Yurie Kokubu – I Wanna Be With You

Mariya Takeuchi – September

Tatsuro Yamashita – Sparkle

Takako Mamiya – Love Trip

Mai Yamane – Tasogare

Toshiki Kadomatsu – After 5 Crash

Toshiki Kadomatsu – Sea Line

Hiroshi Sato – Say Goodbye

Seaside Lovers – X’s and O’s

Tatsuro Yamashita – Neo-Tokyo Rhapsody

Junko Yagami – ワンダフル・シティ(Translates to “Wonderful City”)

Naoko Gushima – Candy

Miki Matsubara – Stay with Me

Cindy – Destiny

Toshiki Kadomatsu – Rush Hour

Tatsuro Yamashita – Silent Screamer

Yurie Kokubu I Got You Inside Out

Anri – I Can’t Stop the Loneliness

Taeko Ohnuki – 4:00 AM

Tatsuro Yamashita – Ride on Time Wow, Japanese people promote being punctual, lol jk.

Miki Asakura – 49%の関係 (The song is called “Relationships” in English)

Yoshino Fujimal – Freeway 5 to South

Yuki Okazaki – Evening Glow

Tatsuro Yamashita – Saturday Lover

Saito Marina – Crazy for You

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AB’s – In the City Night

Junko Ohashi – Telephone Number

Yumi Matsutoya – Tropic of Capricorn

Tatsuro Yamshita – Magic Ways

Sugiyama Kiyotaka – Summer Suspicion

Yoshino Fujimal – Girls in Love with Me

Toshiki Kadomatsu – Summer Emotions

Miki Matsubara – One Summer Night

Mariya Takeuchi – Oh No, Oh Yes!

Tatsuro Yamashita – Rainy Walk

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EPO – パレード (Translates to “Parade”)

Tony – インディアン・サマー (Translates to “Indian Summer”)

Mariya Takeuchi – The Christmas Song

Tatsuro Yamashita – Christmas Eve

Hiroshi Sato – Love and Peace

Miho Nakayama – Misty Love

Moriko Tone – Talk to Me

Anri – Good Bye Boogie Dance

Vizion – Somebody’s Getting to You

Wada Kanako – Sunday Brunch

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Junko Yagami – 1984

Miki Matsubara – Jazzy Night

Yuki Okazaki – Cafe B.H.

Meiko Nakahara – Puzzle

Tomoko Aran – Midnight Pretenders

Yukihiro Takahashi – La Rosa

Taeko Ohnuki – 都会 (Translates to “City”)

Tomoko Aran – Trick of the Night

Tatsuro Yamashita – マイ・ベイビー・クイーン (My Baby Queen)

Toshiki Kadomatsu – Fly by Day

Kenjiro Sakiya – Half Moon

Yasuhiro Abe – Irene

Miho Nakayama – Witches

Motoharu Sano – Come Shining

Hitomi Tohyama – We Are in the Dark

Reimy – 傘はおいてませんか? (“Do You Have an Umbrella?”)

Takanaka – Cry Baby Cry

Yuming – 夕涼み (“Evening Cool”)

Midori Hara – 好きといふ気持ち (“Love and Fear Feelings”)

Toshiki Kadomatsu – Office Lady

Cindy – Must Be Lucky 〜愛の国へ〜

Kikuchi Momoko – Mystical Composer

Meiko Nakahara – Private Beach

Miko Yamaguchi – 東京 Lover (“Tokyo Lover”)

Kenji Shock – Shock

Midori Hara – すべてが冬の色 (“Everything is Winter Colour”)

Seaside Lovers – Melting Blue

Anri – Trouble in Paradise

Midori Hara – 御乱心春色変化 (“Chaotic Spherical Colour Change”)

Hitomi Tohyama – Many Thanks ~心のままに~

Kikuchi Momoko – Adventure

Miho Fujiwara – Streets Are Hot

Miho Fujiwara – Heartbeat

Tatsuro Yamashita – Candy

Kahoru Kohiruimaki – Dreamer

Tomoko Aran – Drive to Love (愛の海へ)

Minako Yoshida – 頬に夜の灯 (“Night Light on the Cheek”)

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Midori Hara – 気持ち半分魔女気分 (“Half Witch Wood”)

Noriki – Night Lights

Life Lesson #44: Walk without a Plan

Oh please do this from time to time. Not everything in life needs to have purpose, that’s sometimes considered strange in our Western society. Buuuuut….

Do it! Do it! Do it!

Wake up one morning with no purpose or plan. Leave the house with no goals or place to be. Have no time limit, no expectations, and just see where you’ll go.

Explore, relax, discover.

Walk alone, or walk with a friend, or walk in a large group. Enjoy the company, share some amusing anecdotes.

Look up to the sky more than you normally do. Look closer to the ground than you have before. Catch the different smells as the scenery changes. Get some grub and order something different on the menu. (And if you live somewhere that’s hot and humid, keep a water bottle with you. They are life savers, trust me lol).

Experience what it feels like to be free from time, an agenda. Only following your intuition. Let curiosity be the only thing on your mind. What’s all around you, take it all in. Walk in cities when you’re overseas or around your home town. Walk without leaving your neighbourhood. Heck, you can even just walk to your mail box.

Walk until your shoes feel tight and the soles of your feet are feeling something.

Walk until your lungs are filled with fresh air.

Breeze along with the field, look at the field, lie in the field!

Walk for ten minutes, walk for an hour, walk for as long as you want!

Walk until your mind is filled with new ideas or your thoughts become more clear. 

Walk without a plan. It’s likely whilst you’re out and about, those plans will find you! 🙂