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I, ah...wrote something for a character I love and posted it over at my wordpress blog. Haven't checked yet if there's a Mizushiro Setona group up in here, but if anyone's looking for good, possibly heavy summer reading, The Cornered Mouse Dreams of Cheese and its sequel The Carp on the Chopping Block Jumps Twice is probably one of the most lovely, compelling meditations on adult love I have ever encountered.

Here is my love letter to Imagase Wataru from the series.
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On my bulletin board, off a clear, shiny pin, hangs a green rubber bean pod. Gracefully portioned into three sections, it even comes with its own leaf-like placard, printed with place of make and maker (China and Bandai, incidentally). When you give any section a gentle squeeze, an impossibly delicious looking plastic bean will rear its roundness and beam. It's so inexplicably stupid delightful, you beam back, thinking, "how stupid delightful!" and then you squeeze upon the one rogue bean marked with a silly face, and the stupidity delight becomes absolute.

mine is the old man face, i mean, bean

This is an example of a the kind of gag toy which graces convenience stores East Asia-wide and which members of my family find irresistible. True story: during a visit a few years ago, my grandmother walked into her nephew's 7eleven in Taiwan and walked out with 2 tea eggs and 5 of these (I'm pretty sure the store's entire stock). One hangs off a designer bag she carries from time to time.


read on, read at... )

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there's this early 20th century chinese poetess, bing xin, whose poem is one of few i remember by heart:

Flower at the foot of the wall
When you gaze admiringly at yourself,
All the world grows small.

all the years i've carried it, i'd always carried with it my first impression of a world being filled by a lovely, narcissistic flower. now i wonder why i thought that was such a beautiful thing...and what, this woman who took the characters for "frozen, cold, frigid" and "heart, mind, intuitive being" as her pen name, and who did so while penning stories and poems for children, really thought of this flower...
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I love the smell of nighttime... )

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