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Name. Amy.
About. Wife.
Birthday. Capricorn/Tiger.
Location. Valley of the Sun.
Style. Onee Gyaru. VIP.
Misc. Audiophile. Shoppaholic.
Language. English. 日本語.
Email. ilovehoney14@gmail.com.


I'm a 20-something living the island life in Okinawa, Japan with my husband, 誠也, and my dog Nami. A lover of style and all things Japanese (& Korean, Chinese, Thai--let's just say Asian, in general), I’m quite the otaku (& not afraid to admit it). This is where I share my stories and photos of life in the Ryūkyū Islands, as well as explore my ever evolving fashions.


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STYLE INSPO

T.O.P - BigBang
Park Sora - Model [S. Korea]
Pearypie - MU Artist [Youtube]

Sailor Moon & Big Bang Goodies Haul

So it would be expected that at some point during my occupation in Okinawa that I would stumble goodies from two of my favorite fandoms.

During some of the first weeks here, 誠也 and I walked around one of the nearest areas that many Americans and Japanese alike frequent, American Village. It’s supposed to be built like ‘anytown, USA’ and has a majority of clothing stores, knickknack shops, restaurants, and arcades. There are few places I plan on focuses on but for today I’m just going to talk about the gem I found tucked into a corner of the Dragon Palace.

As Japan is wont to do, there is always going to be stationary store somewhere in the mall. I’d only been there once before, but when I was, I found a section of the store dedicated to idol groups from both Japan and South Korea. Imagine my surprise finding items featuring the men of Big Bang!!

At the time, I didn’t buy anything because I had wandered it curiously while my husband was doing his business and so I didn’t have much time to really explore much of the location. But that meant I would venture out on my own…both a good and bad thing, as you will see ^.~

This past week, during a break before work, I had originally only meant to hit up the Daiso ¥100 shop in the same building and after finishing my shopping with time to spare, decided to meander around before going back to work. My initial intention was to pick up souvenirs for my girlfriends back home, and did so successfully before laying my eyes on a multitude of other items that I had no intention of getting but still ended up buying.

Behold:

sailormoonbigbang Sailor Moon & Big Bang Goodies HaulI ended up spending around $45 dollars total. I regret nothing.

Instead of turning this into an incredibly wordy, boring post, I’m just going to let you behold the beauty of a fangirls obsession *_*

First discovery: a slim 6-pocket Sailor Moon folder and small notebook.
sailormoonfoldernotebook1 Sailor Moon & Big Bang Goodies Haulsailormoonfoldernotebook2 Sailor Moon & Big Bang Goodies HaulIn the top corner of every page in the notebook is a small pick silhouette of image on the back. I bought two notebooks so that I can use one and keep the other for hoarding purposes.
sailormoonphonecup Sailor Moon & Big Bang Goodies HaulSecond discovery: a nonagonal cup featuring Sailor Moon on the front, three of the outer senshi, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto to her left and Saturn (along with a Mistress 9′s shadow in the background) to her right. The inside of the cup is yellow. I have no intention of using this. It was made to look pretty on my desk where it shall fulfill it’s life purpose.
sailormooncup Sailor Moon & Big Bang Goodies Haulsailormooncup2 Sailor Moon & Big Bang Goodies Haul sailormooncup3 Sailor Moon & Big Bang Goodies HaulThird Discovery: A Sailor Moon smart phone holographic cover. I bought two of these as well.
sailormoonphonecover Sailor Moon & Big Bang Goodies HaulIn the top right corner you can see the logo for the 20th Anniversary release pieces.sailormoonphonecover2 Sailor Moon & Big Bang Goodies HaulFourth Discovery: This was actually handed to me by the one of the girls working there when she caught sight of me with my hands full of Sailor Moon merchandise. She asked me in Japanese if I like Sailor Moon and I was like, “DAISUKI!!” to which she chuckled >.>
sailormoonphonestickers Sailor Moon & Big Bang Goodies HaulThese are just going to look pretty on my desk. No intention of utilizing them ^_^

Fifth Discovery: These are the actual items I went into the store for. I spent quite some time digging through their stock of sticker sheets to find the ones I liked the best. VIP4LYFE!!
bigbangstickers1 Sailor Moon & Big Bang Goodies Haul bigbangsticker4 Sailor Moon & Big Bang Goodies Haul*Unf* TOP… why you so sexy???bigbangsticker3 Sailor Moon & Big Bang Goodies Haulbigbangsticker2 Sailor Moon & Big Bang Goodies Haul I’ll be sending three of these to my girlfriends I went to see Big Bang in LA with.

And Lastly: I don’t actually plan on writing on these postcards as they’re each respectively for Ceri and Rae so I’ll just be leaving them as is. I picked them since Taeyang and GD are their bias, same reasons I chose some of the stickers above. :3
gdragontaeyangpostcards Sailor Moon & Big Bang Goodies Haul
And that concludes my fangasming. I intend on going back and essentially depleting their current stock for no other reason than to appease my hoarding desires.

Until next time!
-AH

Yikes! 2014!

So I managed to completely ignore November somehow and now we’re at the end of December 2013 and I’m honestly trying to fathom what my resolutions and goals are going to be for the next year. So without further regard, I’m just going to jump into some of the things I want to accomplish:

1) Cut/Dye my hair.
With the new year comes a new look and I’ve had my hair long for the past 5 years now. It was mostly because at the time I did have it short, I didn’t quite understand what I was supposed to do with it so afterwards I just decided to grow it out and wear it the same every-damn-day. Now that I’ve developed an interest in styling, I’ve realized that there is way more that can be done with short/medium hair than long. Especially when it’s curly. I’ll elaborate more after I cut it, but for now, just know that I’m sick of the same ol’ shit.

2) Develop my style.
By saying this I mean that I really just want to discover who I am through my clothes. With the way fashions and trends shifting every other day, it’s difficult for anyone to really pinpoint what and who they want to look like. Nowadays everything seems to be recycling itself and that makes it not only easier, but harder, to really decide on what our style should say about ourselves.

3) Lose the 14 lbs I gained in 5 months after moving Okinawa.
Alright. So this is probably going to be the hardest of my goals because, frankly: the food is fucking amazing. And I’m lazy as shit. I spent almost 2 years away from my husband and in that time I managed to get the fittest I have ever been. Since being together, we’ve both found ourselves sitting on our asses and just eating our enjoyment. That’s not healthy. Yes, I love being around 誠也 but we’ve put on weight (and not in a good way) so it needs to change. I honestly don’t like where I am as far as body fat. I’m not healthy, so my goal in ’14 is to get healthy. Period.

4) Catch up to One Piece.
I. Love. One Piece. In case that hasn’t been glaringly obvious to some of you but I love it and I’ve fallen behind because of my previous University demands. Now that I’m 100% done with that, I need to get myself caught up both on the manga and the anime.

5) Stop neglecting Okinawa, and thus, my blog.
If there’s one thing I’ve regretted since being here it’s that I haven’t had the chance to get out as much as I’ve wanted to. There’s so much to see and so much to experience that I really need to start documenting it somehow.

6) Youtube.
Why hello insecurity. How good it is to see you again!
Alright, so to be entirely honestly, I’m still insecure as fuck when it comes to filming myself and trying to edit. All I can think is that I look like a complete derp. This kind of ties into goal #1 and #2 given that my interests for my channel revolve around such things. It’s time to SUCK. IT. UP. *BLARGH*

7) Learn Japanese fluently.
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This. This is one of my priorities and considering how hard it is for me to study on my own, it will be one of the hardest. But I need to do this. I have accomplished so little in my life that I need to woman the fuck up and get this done. My goal is to complete the JLPT 1 by the end of this year.

Considering all of this, it’s about time I stop making excuses and get my shit together. I’m going to be 27. The last thing I want to do is look back on my life and think, “I had so many goals…”

-AH

Fall 2013 K-Drama Picks

As I mentioned a few posts back (this post), I was going to get around the listing the K-Dramas I planned on watching this fall. Some have already aired their first episode back in September but since they’re still at the beginning of the general plot, I’ve included them

This list is significantly shorter than my anime list, mostly due to the fact that k-dramas tend to be longer in length and I become invested in a different way than I do with anime.

***More information can be found at KoreanDrama.org. Subsequently, all photos and information were taken from there, as well***

King’s Daughter Soo Baek Hyang 03 Fall 2013 K Drama Picks제왕의 딸, 수백향 / King’s Daughter Soo Baek Hyang
Chinese Title: 帝王之女手白香
Also known as: Emperor’s Daughter, Soo Baek Hyang / The Daughter of the Emperor
Genre: Historical, Family, Political, Romance
Episodes: 100+ (To Be Announced)
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: 2013-Sep-30
Air time: Monday to Friday 21:00

The drama is set during the time of King Moo Ryung of Baekjae.

A historical drama about Princess Soo Baek Hyang (Seo Hyun Jin), who is in love with Crown Prince Myung Nong (Jo Hyun Jae) and the history of the family.

Because I’m a sucker for period dramas T3T

Answer Me 1994 02 Fall 2013 K Drama Picks응답하라 1994 / Reply 1994
Chinese Title: 請回答1994
Also Known as: Answer Me 1994
Genre: Sport, Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 16 (To Be Confirmed)
Broadcast network: tvN
Broadcast period: 2013-Oct-18 to 2013-Dec-07
Air time: Friday & Saturday 21:00
Related Series: Reply 1997

This drama follows the pop culture events of year 1994, including the emergence of seminal K-pop group ‘Seo Taiji and Boys‘ and ‘Korean Basketball League‘.

Three young men (Yoo Yun Suk), (Jung Woo) and (Kim Sung Kyun) from Gyungsang Province stay together at a boarding house while attending a university in Seoul.

Meanwhile, the boarding house is run by a couple (Sung Dong Il) and (Lee Il Hwa) with their daughter Na Sung (Go Ah Ra).

 

 

 

Because I watched (and cried like a baby) for Reply 1997…

Secret 06 Fall 2013 K Drama Picks비밀 / Secret
Chinese Title: 秘密
Also Known as: Secret Love
Genre: Melodrama, Romance
Episodes: 20 (To Be Confirmed)
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2013-Sep-25 to 2013-Nov-28
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55

Everyone has their own secrets. Secrets can help people succeed and even fall in love; but secrets can also destroy people. Secrets can sometimes make us happy, worried, or even blind us to reality. This drama is about secrets. It is an exploration into the trials and tribulations of people who live with secrets. These secrets drive the four characters desire to find love and exact revenge.

This melodrama is about a “fatal romance” between a man who loses his girlfriend in an accident, and falls in love with the woman responsible for her death.

Jo Min Hyuk (Ji Sung) was born into a wealthy family. He has everything including good looks, intelligence, but he doesn’t have kindness. He loses his girlfriend in a hit-and-run accident.

Kang Yoo Jung (Hwang Jung Eum) goes to prison, because of the hit-and-run accident that killed Min Hyuk’s girlfriend. Her boyfriend, Ahn Do Hoon (Bae Soo Bin) is the one that actually committed the hit-and-run accident, but Yoo Jung took the blame. She is then betrayed by her boyfriend.

Meanwhile, Shin Se Yeon (Lee Da Hee) is the one with an unrequited love. She’s described as “thirsty for love,” and she’ll be a character in pain because she can’t have the one person she wants.

Because read the synopsis o_o

The Heirs 02 Fall 2013 K Drama Picks상속자들 / The Heirs
Chinese Title: 欲戴王冠,必承其重-繼承者們
Also Known as: The Inheritors
Genre: Romance, Comedy, School
Episodes: 20 (To Be Confirmed)
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2013-Oct-09 to 2013-Dec-12
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 22:00

This drama follows a group of privileged, elite high school students as they are groomed to take over their families’ business empires. These wealthy students seem to have everything under control–except their love lives. Kim Tan (Lee Min Ho) is heir to the Empire Group sent to study abroad in the U.S. In reality it’s a form of exile, as his elder half-brother back home, Kim Won (Choi Jin Hyuk) schemes to takes over the family business. While in the States, Kim Tan bumps into Cha Eun Sang (Park Shin Hye), who’s arrived from Korea in search of her older sister. He feels himself falling for her, never realizing that she’s the daughter of his family’s housekeeper. When his fiancée Rachel Yoo (Kim Ji Won) arrives to bring him back to Korea, his heart is torn between love and duty. Meanwhile, Rachel’s half-brother Choi Young Do (Kim Woo Bin) develops his own crush on Eun Sung. Who said being a rich, beautiful high school student was easy? (Source)

Because LEE MIN HO, DAMMIT!

These I generally try to keep up with as they air because I like to fangirl over Twitter as I’m watching them so you’ll probably see a series of random posts due to my reactions ^^v

Did I manage to pique you interest in any? What are you watching this Fall season?

See you next time!
-AH

Fall 2013 Anime Picks

One of the things that I’ve found myself getting back into now that I’m finished with school and spending an increasing amount of time at home is watching anime again. I was quite the otaku as a teenager and as adulthood came along and responsibility found it’s way into my life, I had to put watching anime for hours-and-hours towards the bottom of my priority list.

Thankfully, that’s no longer an issue.

Given that I spent the summer of this year preparing-to-move-slash-moving, I didn’t have much time to really focus on what was coming out. Still, 誠也 and I have found some time in the evening to veg out in front of Shingeki no Kyojin and The World God Only Knows in addition to the continuing One Piece. During the day while The Hubster is as work I’ve also slipped in a little bit of Iwatabi Swim Club aka FREE! aka “Swimming Anime” aka ‘Fanservice for the ladies’.

Moving into the fall season, I’ve been keeping my eye out on whats going to be coming out. Here are some of the series’ I’m looking forward to.

***You can find all of this season’s fall shows at AniChart. Subsequently, all images and information were taken from that website.***

diabolik Fall 2013 Anime Picks

Diabolik Lovers
Type:TV
Episodes:3/12
Status:currently airing
Start:Sep 16, 2013
Producers:Frontier Works, Idea Factory, Zexcs
Duration:15 mins
Genres:Shoujo
User Rating:50.9

Komori Yui is a positive-thinking girl who nevertheless is troubled by seeing spirits and experiencing poltergeist phenomena. In her second year in high school, she transfers to a new school—a night school for entertainers and celebrities—due to her father’s work. There are rumours that vampires exist among the student body, and Yui ends up living with the six sadistic Sakamaki vampire brothers.

Because I’m a sucker for alternative high school animes. Who wouldn’t want to go to a high school for everything but education??

kyoukai Fall 2013 Anime PicksKyoukai no Kanata
Type:TV
Status:not yet aired
Producers:Kyoto Animation
Genres:Slice of Life
User Rating:90
Romaji Title:Kyoukai no Kanata
Japanese:境界の彼方
Synonym:Beyond the Horizon

The dark fantasy follows a high school sophomore named Akihito Kanbara. Although the boy appears human, he is half youmu and invulnerable to wounds because he can heal quickly. One day, Akihito meets freshman Mirai Kuriyama when it seems she is about to jump from the school rooftop. Mirai is isolated because of her ability to manipulate blood, which is unique even among members of the spirit world. Disturbing events begin to unfold after Akihito saves Mirai.

Because I love slice-of-life with a little bit of magic. And because there’s a cute girl in glasses. Who else is a cute girl with glasses? >>Mwah<<

kyousou Fall 2013 Anime PicksKyousou Giga
Type:TV
Episodes:13
Status:not yet aired
Start:Oct 03, 2013
Genres:Action
User Rating:90
Romaji Title:Kyousou Giga (TV)
Japanese:京騒戯画
Synonym:Kyousougiga (TV)
Kyousogiga (TV)
Rating:PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

Koto and her brothers, A and Un are stuck in a strange city causing massive mayhem through the land called Kyoto but not the Kyoto they are from. They are searching for an atypical rabbit in order to return home. Koto, who is the eldest of the three, seems to have some sort of connection to this weird place ruled by a monk, a demon, and a priest.

Because MAYHEM!! That’s why!

log Fall 2013 Anime PicksLog Horizon
Type:TV
Episodes:25
Status:not yet aired
Start:Oct 16, 2013
Producers:Satelight
NHK
NHK Enterprises
Genres:Adventure
Shounen
User Rating:80
Romaji Title:Log Horizon
Japanese:ログ・ホライズン

The story begins when 30,000 Japanese gamers are trapped in the fantasy online game world Elder Tale. What was once a sword-and-sorcery world is now the real world. The main lead Shiroe attempts to survive with his old friend Naotsugu and the beautiful assassin Akatsuki.

Because isn’t this every gamer’s wet dream?

meganebu Fall 2013 Anime PicksMeganebu!
Type:TV
Status:not yet aired
Start:Oct 16, 2013
Producers:Studio Deen
Genres:Shoujo
User Rating:80
Romaji Title:Meganebu!
Japanese:メガネブ!

The plot focuses on Akira Souma, a glasses fanatic at the rural Himalaya Third Technical School. Akira’s great love for glasses causes him to form the “Glasses Club” at his his school and he somewhat forces his fellow classmates and glasses wearers Takuma Hachimine, Yukiya Minabe, Mitsuki Kamatani, and Hayato Kimata to join. The series follows the activities of the Glasses Club and the antics resulting from their shared passion for eye-wear.

Because bishounen in glasses!! DUH!

magi2 Fall 2013 Anime PicksMagi: The Labyrinth of Magic 2
Type:TV
Status:not yet aired
Start:Oct 16, 2013
Producers:A-1 Pictures
Genres:Action
User Rating:90
Eng Title:Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic 2
Romaji Title:Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic 2
Japanese:マギ The labyrinth of magic 2

The second season will be set in Magnostadt.
(This story is about the flow of fate and the battle to keep the world on the right path. Aladdin is a boy who has set out to explore the world after being trapped in a room for most of his life. His best friend is a flute with a djinn in it named Ugo. Soon enough, Aladdin discovers he is a Magi, a magician who chooses kings, and he was born to choose kings who will follow the righteous path, battling against those who want to destroy fate. Follow his adventures as he meets others from 1001 Arabian Nights, like Ali Baba and Sinbad, and fights to keep the balance of world in check! [Read more MyAnimeList])

Because that guy with white hair *_*

kuroko2 Fall 2013 Anime PicksKuroko no Basket 2
Episodes:2/?
Status:not yet aired
Start:Oct 06, 2013
Producers:Production I.G
Duration:24 mins
Genres:Comedy
User Rating:65.2
Romaji Title:Kuroko no Basket 2
Japanese:黒子のバスケ 2
Synonym:Kuroko no Basuke 2

The second season of Kuroko no Basket.
(The basketball team of Teikō Middle School rose to distinction by demolishing all competition. The regulars of the team became known as the “Generation of Miracles”. After graduating from middle school, these five stars went to different high schools with top basketball teams. However, a fact few know is that there was another player in the “Generation of Miracles”: a phantom sixth man. This mysterious player is now a freshman at Seirin High, a new school with a powerful, if little-known, team. Now, Kuroko Tetsuya, the sixth member of the “Generation of Miracles”, and Kagami Taiga, a naturally talented player who spent most of middle school in the US, are aiming to bring Seirin to the top of Japan, taking on Kuroko’s former teammates one by one. [From Wikipedia])

Because hilarity ensues.

gingitsune Fall 2013 Anime PicksGingitsune
Type:TV
Status:not yet aired
Producers:Diomedea
Pony Canyon
Genres:Seinen
User Rating:0
Romaji Title:Gingitsune
Japanese:ぎんぎつね
Synonym:Silver Fox

Gintaro is a fox spirit that has been protecting the small Inari temple since the Edo era. Saeki Makoto’s family possesses the power to see the gods’ agent, but the ability is limited to one living relative at a time. When Makoto’s mother passed away while she was still young, Makoto inherited the ability as the sole remaining family member. With the help of fox spirit’s power, Makoto and Gintaro help the people of their community, in spite of their many differences.

Because I want a silver fox… ;_;

koroshiya Fall 2013 Anime PicksKoroshiya-san: The Hired Gun
Type:TV
Status:not yet aired
Start:Oct 11, 2013
Genres:Action
Seinen
User Rating:0
Romaji Title:Koroshiya-san: The Hired Gun
Japanese:殺し屋さん The hired gun

The comedy story follows the title character, who is regarded by himself and others as the best hit man in Japan. He goes by the motto, “If I have an assignment, I will kill anything.” However, his “killing” assignments have expanded to include everything from summer vacation homework to housekeeping. “The hit man never fails to kill the target. Though he does not aim to, he also never misses the laughter.”

Because, again, that guy with while hair @_@

samurai flamenco Fall 2013 Anime PicksSamurai Flamenco
Type:TV
Status:not yet aired
Start:Oct 16, 2013
Genres:Action
User Rating:0
Romaji Title:Samurai Flamenco
Japanese:サムライフラメンコ
Synonym:Samumenco

Male model Masayoshi Hazama decides to become a superhero, despite having no superpowers or the technology to create a high-powered suit. He becomes the hero, Samurai Flamenco and begins to fight crime in the name of justice. Police officer Hidenori Goto finds out about Samurai Flamenco and his real identity by a twist of fate, which leads to him getting involved into lots of trouble. Nonetheless, these two young men will come face to face with hardships of being crime-fighters while discovering what it truly means to be a hero of justice. (From Wikipedia)

Because it’s called “Samurai Flamenco” o_O

So there you have it. A comprehensive list of what I plan on watching this fall. Of course, I can’t say that I’ll be able to keep up with it as it aires, but I’ll definitely be finishing them when they end.

A bit more difficult for me to sort through are the new KDramas since those are generally longer in length. I’m bit more selective about those so I’ll try to put a list together sometime this month. *fingers crossed*

See you next time!
-AH

September Updates

So now that things are starting to settle down for me on the home front, I’ve realized that my backlog on things I’ve wanted to accomplish has grown to be…embarrassing >.>

I’m just now starting to get back into touch with a lot of things I was forced to ignore thank to school and moving. Well, now that both of those are pretty much done, I feel as though I can start working on the projects I originally aimed to finish a lot sooner.

There are a few things I’m going to have to set aside until I’ve saved up the money to do them, but I’m not entirely worried about that. 誠也 and I are basically building our ‘home’ from scratch and as much I would like to accomplish my personal matters, buying things like a bed and dresser are more important (not to mention not cheap!).

I won’t focus on a lot of what needs to be done because I’d rather do it and take photos as I do it. With the life changes that have occurred it will be interesting to see where it all goes. There’s a lot show everyone and a lot to write about so I’ll cut my post short here. I just wanted to get my thoughts out, free up some thinking space so I can pull it together in other places.

I’ll end this post with short list of some of the things I’ve become more invested in and what I hope to post in the future of this blog.

Lifestyle – Living in another country is one thing; living in the country your dreamed up since you were fourteen is another; living on the Hawaii-version of that island with your husband’s local family is in a completely different universe. I love it here and there’s so much to show that I feel I would be cheating everyone if I didn’t take more pictures and vlog a bit more.

Cooking – Now that I’m pretty much a housewife, I’m able to experiment more with cooking. I’ve always liked playing with my food and I’m told I’m pretty good at mixing flavors. I don’t know many recipes now but I’m sure practice will lead to something

AniMake – ‘Anime Makeup’; I’ve always liked playing with makeup but I get bored with the typical “smokey eye” or “everyday look” that is so prevalent on the Internet now. Since I’ve always been a bit of an otaku, why not combine my otaku-ness with enjoyment of said makeup. As I’m catching up on more of the shows I’ve missed in the past few years, I’m finding more characters to flesh out and give my take on. I’ve always admired cosplayers but never had the chance to really jump into it. This is my way of keeping myself occupied and aware of the fandoms.

Fashion & Style – The main component of what this blog was supposed to be about. The heat in Phx was too unbearable to warrant even trying to look stylish without sweating my face off, so I gave up. Still, I’ve never stopped liking style or finding happiness in putting together a great outfit. My style has evolved since I first started and I want to share that with everyone.

Alright, so this turned out to be a bit more lengthy than I expected. I’ll stop talking now.

Talk to you soon!
-AH