Un-Japanese

A lot of anime and manga have little Japanese flags that pop up in random places – including on top of food. Why? Dunno. Maybe shameless self promotion? I’ve never bothered researching it, but have implemented it in some of my own characters/story lines with American flags and this has now spread to my food.

So, a little while back I purchased a pack of American flag toothpicks so I could start decorating my food too and tonight I did just that…

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Japan, eat your heart out.

Can’t get much more American than this! XD

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

Another very Un-Japanese post: Just Another Friday in Lent…

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Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland – Frankenmuth, MI

Happy December everyone! Time to get into the Christmas spirit by blasting Trans Siberian Orchestra’s Carol of the Bells and assemble the artificial tree!

My brother and I went to Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth back in October for our bi-yearly buying o’the ornaments and had a really nice time. 🙂 No one else could make the trip with us so the only other participant was Domo who chilled in the back seat during our outing.

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Giant Domo Plush

It’s an hour and 45 minute drive away from our hometown and as it is mostly expressway it can be quite boring. Tree tree tree tree tree ooo… bush! We didn’t see any wildlife on our trek upstate, however the trees were quite lovely at that time.

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Before we reached our destination we stopped at Halo Burger…

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Halo Burger sign

They are one of the only burger joints that we know of that offer burgers with olives and that is always a yummy must. 😉

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MY Halo Burger 🙂

A patron of the establishment noticed my brother and I snapping pictures of each other and offered to take a picture of us together. 🙂

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Me and my brother Bob

No too long after, we arrived at Bronners. I was busy annoying my brother at the time and missed out on the opportunity to capture a shot of the whole building. XD

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A sign on the wall of the store

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The main Nativity display

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Garbage can. I believe it says “trash” in various languages… :p

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Large overhang over the entrance . Buses use this area to drop off tourists. The signs up top are also written in different languages. 🙂

Once inside I saw this sign and just couldn’t resist. >:}

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*poke*

I know that people come to visit Bronner’s from all over the world but I didn’t feel comfortable with snapping pictures… however I did get a pic of two interesting items.

Cute Carrot Bunnies

Cute Carrot Bunnies

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$30 Glass Green House Ornament

We had a lot of fun exploring the store and bought a variety of ornaments.

Here is my Bronner ornament collection:

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Neon Pink Ornaments! XD

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I was reminded of Peter Pan with this next ornament….

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So magical… *o*

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Sparkly sushi platter :3 It is actually quite heavy. o.o;

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and my total fave – Merry Christmas (Meri Kurisumasu) in Katakana. :>

Afterwards we strolled around town and visited a number of shops such as the General Store, Zender’s Gift Shop, the Taffy shop and… the Cheese Haus.

Cheese Haus Mascot

Cheese Haus Mascot

Inside we sampled various cheese products and saw a rather *cough* interesting food item…

A** Blaster Hot Sauce at Cheese Haus

A** Blaster Hot Sauce at Cheese Haus

Tired but happy, Bob and I packed up our heels and made the journey home. We really enjoyed the trip and look forward to our next Bronner’s outing  in 2015!

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

Getting Started with Rosetta!

Today I read the JLPT Challenge 2014! blog post from HaikuGirl and it got me to check it out. In case you haven’t heard of it, JLPT is the Japanese Language Proficiency Test which evaluates non-native speakers reading and listening ability the lowest level being Level 5 and the highest being Level 1.

I tried out one of the sample questions for level 5 and immediately started panicking! It was a sentence written in hiragana with a single underlined kanji that I had to correctly identify in hiragana. I can sound out hiragana pretty well – but don’t ask me what it’s supposed to mean! By sheer luck I got the question right and immediately closed the browser tab. XD

Despite revealing my woefully inadequate Japanese skills the occurrence got me to (finally) install my copy of Rosetta Stone and open up TextFugu again. And as a bonus my language buddy is set up too! :3

Have you ever tried the JLPT?

Japanese Snackies~! Pocky, Ramune and did I mention Pocky???

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Went to China Capital Arts yesterday at Southland Mall and picked up some Japanese sweets! Starting from the top left: Strawberry Pocky, Tropical Pocky (Mango Pineapple Flavored), a premium type Chocolate Pocky, Raspberry Ramune Soda, Choco Baby candies, and Midi Chocolate Pocky. Yum! :3

 

Cosplay Plans: Phase 4 Part 2

Sailor Collar

Yes! More progress has been made!

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Ready for ironing

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Using the seam gauge and a piece of soap for marking

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Twill tape basted on. Nina even mitered the corners. 🙂

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My not-so-straight sewing on of the twill tape. T^T

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Pinning the front and back pieces together.

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Sewn, trimmed and pressed!

“…I’m not resewing that.” My words to my sister Maru when we realized that we forgot to add the darts in the shoulders of the collar. The pattern online didn’t call for it, however we had added it to based on how the paper pattern was acting and the fabric was behaving in a similar way.

To do the darts properly, I would need to tear out all my stitching sans the twill tape. Since I personally don’t like how close to the edge my twill tape ended up being… I would want to redo that as well. So no. No. No, No. NO.

I know a lot of cosplayers wouldn’t hesitate to tear it out but since I’m such a n00b with sewing, Youmacon being only a month away, having a full time job as well as rushing to finish convention stock this is not feasible. Each sewing appointment has to accomplish something and this is a relatively minor point when the rest of my cosplay isn’t done. As my sister pointed out, who is really going to look at the squiggly stitches? They are going to have a lot more interesting things to look at.

So yay! Progess!

Cosplay Progress

Slowly but surely!

I’m Reading Japanese!

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I DON’T HUNT WHALES

Whoops! False alarm. This novelty tee by IMPORKCHOPtee gives you the illusion that you have made more progress with your Japanese studies than you really have! Guess I should really hit the books again… =3=

In case you’re wondering… this is a nonsensical blended string of hiragana and katakana characters. :p Wanna jumpstart your kana skills? Check out these awesome charts by TextFugu! Hiragana Katakana