Im Kimono um den Kamigamo Schrein

Disclaimer: Dieser Artikel wurde als entlohnter Auftrag von Borderless House geschrieben. Trotz dem, sind jegliche Meinungen hier meine eigenen und wurden nicht durch den Auftraggeber beeinflusst.

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Im letzten Artikel den ich zum Borderless House Kamigamo geschrieben habe, erwähnte ich verschiedene Events bei denen die meisten Leute  hier regelmäßig teilnehmen. Um genau zu sein, sprach ich zur der Zeit von Sachen, die von den Einwohnern selbst geplant wurden. Sachenwie der bis zu 3-tägige gemeinsame Ausflug nach Nara, die Wanderung um Kurama etc, aber das ist nicht ganz alles das das Haus zu bieten hat. Alle paar Wochen gibt es das ein oder andere Event von Borderless House selbst organisiert. Diese stellen natürlich mehr da als nur die Ausflüge mit anderen Leuten aus dem Haus. Vor ein paar Tagen konnte ich zum ersten mal an einem Teilnehmen, und genau davon möchte ich dieses mal berichten.

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Häuser ohne Grenzen: Leben im Borderless House Kamigamo

Disclaimer: Dieser Artikel wurde als entlohnter Auftrag von Borderless House geschrieben. Trotz dem, sind jegliche Meinungen hier meine eigenen und wurden nicht durch den Auftraggeber beeinflusst.

Nach mehr als 4 Monaten Leben in Tokyo, umrundet von Betonklötzen und Technologie soweit das Auge reicht, entschied ich mich vor einigen Wochen, dass ich endlich aus der größten Stadt der Welt raus wollte. Nicht dass Tokyo keine gut Stadt zum Leben wäre, ganz im Gegenteil, alles scheint darauf ausgerichtet zu sein das Leben so einfach wie möglich zu machen. Wenn ich einkaufen wollte, musste ich nicht mal eine Minute Laufen und hatte die Auswahl aus 5 Restaurants und 3 Convenience Stores. Wollte ich irgendwo hin, lief ich 10 Minuten (eine für Tokyo schon längere Strecke) und war in der Metro. Es gibt nichts in Tokyo, das schwer zu erreichen ist, aber für mich als Landkind einer 1000 Einwohner Metropole im Süd-Westen Deutschlands ist das alles vielleicht doch etwas zu viel.

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How Pocari Sweat gets me excited

I have a weird habit of getting inexplicably obsessed with little things I’ve stumbled across and spending several hours or days thinking about them despite them having relatively little significance to me at all. This has ranged from Japanese ski jumping star Takanashi Sara to my relatively short-lived for the same countries female volleyball league. This time it happens to be the latest ad campaign by Japanese ion water company ‘Pocari Sweat’. “Something I just happen to be obsessed with”, might be underselling this quite a bit though. I genuinely believe the “踊る始業式” (read ‘Odoru Shigyoiushiki’ or ‘Dancing Opening Ceremony’) to be an absolutely fascinating advert both in how it delivers a feeling, as well as how it achieves promoting the company behind it.

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Finishing Off: Hanasaku Iroha

Hanasaku Iroha is the first time in a while that I’m watching a Mari Okada show that isn’t a rewatch. After last year’s Spring season with both Kiznaiver and the utter masterpiece that was Mayoiga, she’s been mainly occupied with her work on the Gundam series and with her biography having just come out (I already bought it in fact), I thought it’d be time to finally visit what people see as one of her more defining works. Why do I mention all of this? Mainly because I believe that Mari Okada is absolutely integral to what makes Hanasaku Iroha what it is, both in its positives and negatives. The show undoubtedly has a lot going for it, but at the same time, I also believe it to be a prime example of how her style of writing can absolutely fire back.

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The Art of Anime Youtube

I’ve been wanting to write about Anime Youtube for quite a long time now. Anitube has been one of the few constants in my experience with the medium as a whole, in fact, they are one of the biggest reasons I got interested in the medium in the first place and for a long time were my primary influence on how I would engage with it. If it weren’t for ArkadaGigguk and the early likes, my experience with anime as a whole would likely not be nearly the same as it is now so it should be relatively obvious that Anitube as a whole is quite close to my heart, despite a lot of the rather questionable content that gets put out.

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Finishing off: Sword Art Online – Ordinal Scale

The latest entry into the absolutely gigantic franchise that is SAO, its new movie ‘Ordinal Scale’, is something I went into not even knowing whether I really wanted to see it. It was only due to some incentives from a friend of mine that I ended up going to check the movie out at all or I would’ve otherwise missed out on it as a whole. SAO is a tricky franchise for me after all, I did somewhat enjoy what I read of the novels but have close to no experience with the actual animated version, largely due to the reputation it holds. It’s never been the kind of series I gravitate towards in the first place so I ended up avoiding the adaptation outside of the first half of the first season and a compilation movie I watched without any reason behind it at all, so going into Ordinal Scale certainly felt a little weird.

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Minorities in Demi-chan

This Post contains spoilers for the first episode of Demi-Chan wa Kataritai. I highly recommend you watch the show before you read any further~

Minorities being a thematic point within an Anime in itself is already rare and even more so from the perspective of someone that knows little about them. Shows like Wandering Son, Doukyuusei, Aoi Hana and others are incredibly important, but I believe that Demi-chan brings an equally important and often overlooked part of all of this to the table. Where discrimination and the likes are already gone, there’s still a certain disconnect between people of minorities and the ones not having much experience with them. Continue reading