by Heather Russell

One Piece CaramellDansen

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Today we have another crazy idea for Halloween: One Piece CaramellDansen! So, if you are planning to cosplay as any character of One Piece, and do it with your friends… Why not adding CaramellDansen to the equation? It will be fun! (If you click on the image above, you’ll find a funny video).

What do you need for this endeavor? You need to cosplay as your favorite One Piece character. Then you also need CaramellDansen track and be eager to move your body with the sound of the music! Yup, as simple!

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by Heather Russell

I’d like to be an Ama, Japanese mermaid

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I’d like to be as beautiful as Ama, Japanese mermaid. Ama (海女) means “woman of the sea”. Ama are specialized free-diving women who are able to go down into the sea around 30 feet, into the cold water, wearing simple clothing, to gather shellfish. They were able to work during 4 hours! These strong women maintained the traditional way of diving (including the clothing) just till recently.

Ama divers, Japanese mermaids, used to collect oysters and pick up the pearls. They got bonuses if they could find pearls. So, the business started up and went well till tourism arrived. Ama used to do their jobs with simple clothing, only covering the lower parts of their bodies. However, due to the astonishment of tourists, in 1964 full body suits were introduced. So, the tradition kind of broke up in the moment the whole suit was introduced.

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by Heather Russell

Rinkya Japanese Flashcards: “doro doro”

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Are you enjoying the ride with Rinkya Japanese flashcards? Yay! Today we have a “muddy” one: “doro doro”. It means to be covered in mud, to be muddled, or to be handling a very syrupy liquid. So, imagine you are drinking some type of syrupy jelly-like drink. You can then describe it as “doro doro”. Or, when you were a kid and ended up into the mud playing, you also ended up quite “doro doro”.

This is a very nice onomatopoeia to use. You can find it in comics, specially describing muddy situations, or muddy characters. But you can also find it into the real life: kids having fun and getting dirty will provably end up “doro doro”, or if you wait too much for an ice-cream, instead of having it you are having a “doro doro” ice-cream soup.

How many Rinkya Japanese flashcards can you remember? Which is your favorite one?

by Heather Russell

Guess the Fandom crossovers, it’s fun!

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And here we go again with some cool Fandom Crossovers!! Let’s guess the fandom crossovers and have loads of fun! This week we have a very easy one. I am sure you know them all, but just in case there are some hints.

The first fandom crossover depicts the dark side (yes, yes: come to the dark side, we have cookies!) One of the main characters that you can see in the picture can shapeshift in whatever he wants! They are all magical and they have really cool powers.

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by Heather Russell

Rinkya Japanese Flashcards: “gishin anki”

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Are you collecting all Rinkya Japanese flashcards? We hope so! Today we’re going to be “suspicious” and learn “gishin anki”. “Gishin anki” means that when you start suspecting about something, you end up suspecting about everything else. So, once you see a “demon,” you will see “demons” everywhere!

When you have a suspicious heart, everything around you looks suspicious. This is bad, because you cannot trust anyone, even if they are your true friends. This Japanese saying warns you about becoming too suspicious, so much, that everything around you looks grim and dark, so much that only demons can be beside you.

Which is your favorite Rinkya Japanese flashcard so far? What do you think about “gishin anki”? Do you know someone who is like that?

by Heather Russell

Sailor Moon cooking: beyond kawaii sweets



Today we have a yummy Sailor Moon cooking post just for you! Now that Halloween is approaching, and some sweets have to be prepared to celebrate it with style, why don’t go beyond what’s expected and create the best sweet menu ever? We have collected some awesome ideas: Sailor Moon cookies, Sailor Moon mini cakes and Sailor Moon cupcakes! You are going to love them all! And the best part of it is that you can be a Sailor Moon yourself in the kitchen and outside the kitchen!

Get your Sailor Moon apron and get prepared to cook the most irresistible Sailor Moon sweets for this Halloween! And let’s start with some Sailor Moon cookies! Just take a look to the video above and get ideas for creating awesome Sailor Moon cookies. They are really not difficult to bake, and they look so cute!

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by Heather Russell

Rinkya Japanese Flashcards: “ron yori shouko”

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Do you like Rinkya Japanese flashcards? We hope so! Today we have a nice proverb: “ron yori shouko” (I like this one a lot!) It means that “evidence is better than debate.” If you have no evidence and you just talk during hours debating about facts you cannot proof, then you are wasting your time. It’s like debating for nothing. So, instead of just debating without knowing the facts, it is better to take a look to the evidence first, and when we all agree on that evidence, then we can enter into the debate.

Have you ever start arguing about something with someone without really knowing about the topic? That is one of those situations where “ron yori shouko” is a good idea to apply. We get our blood hot and we feel that we need to debate (for whatever reason), but that’s a mistake. The best approach is to look at the evidence, and then enter into the debate. We’ll have more confidence in ourselves when talking, plus others will take us more seriously. Hence, this Japanese proverb is a very good one.

How many Rinkya Japanese Flashcards have you collected so far? Which is your favorite one? How many do you remember by heart?

by Heather Russell

Hatsune Miku Fan Art

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Hatsune Miku is one of my favorite characters ever. She is cute, dances really well, I love her outfit, and I love how she sings. In fact, the idea of “vocaloid” is very appealing to me. One of the best parts of Hatsune Miku is fan art. Hatsune Miku fan art is just staggering. There are hundreds of awesome drawings online where Hatsune Miku is portrayed in infinite ways. Some are cuter than others, but as a overall, she is an icon for art and music.

Hatsune Miku compels us to create awesome art. It can be a drawing, a video, or a simple piece of writing. The fan phenomenon behind Hatsune Miku is astounding. But why are we so in love with a fictional character?

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by Heather Russell

Rinkya Japanese Flashcards: “shinki itten”

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Do you like Rinkya Japanese flashcards? We hope so! Today we are going to learn “shinki itten.” If you are thinking about getting a fresh start, these are the words to say “shinki itten”. It means to “turn over a new leaf,” or to “change one’s attitude” toward something.

This is a very useful saying. Any time you wish to express that you are changing your attitude toward something, or that there is a new chapter in your life and you’re starting afresh, you can say “shinki itten”.

Are you collecting all Rinkya Japanese flashcards? If so, which is your favorite one?

by Heather Russell

Bento Friday: kawaii Hello Kitty bento box


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Today we have a super cute Hello Kitty bento box recipe. You can design your Hello Kitty with different patterns, use only the head, or even create a wonderful body! It is really easy to prepare, and it makes a great impression on others! Let’s begin!

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