anime, life

Exhibition: Hinamatsuri

Although I have not done the last cour anime wrap-up, (and I’m not sure I can do that…) I can tell one thing. My best pick of the previous cour is “Hinamatsuri.”

And I got to know there is a small exhibition for Hinamatsuri in Harajuku, Tokyo from a Twitter message of TT. (Takako Tanaka, She is the heroine Hina’s character voice, and to tell the truth, her first job was my last game ‘Sid Story’ when she is in the training school. She is always passionate and diligent, and I like her acting very much.)


It is hard to find the entrance.

I was there last week. It was a small space, but you can see many cuts, character designs, continuities, merchandises and so on. Moreover, everything is free to take pictures. I think it is a brilliant move because it will make viral more easily.


There are some exhibition-limited goods such as the lovely rubber key holders. The host said to me that it was tough to develop and manufacture this product. I also never have seen this kind of product before.


The exhibition will be until this Thursday (Sep 27th). The place is Harajuku ACG_Labo. It is a little hard to find the entrance because the building has many entrances on both side of roads, but it is a small building, and I bet you can see the right one anyway. If you enter from the wrong side, you should go up the stairs and exit to the opposite side of the road, and then you can find the right door.

This is the wrong side. If you take the left-side stairs, you can go out to the right side of the road.



The Game We Should Fight

Yang Wenli won his every battle. It was because he never fought any battle that he would lose. But there was no easy one in his victories. Many times, especially nowadays, we always consider cost-effectiveness for everything. The one who takes bold challenges is regarded as an inferior one.

As I updated in my last posting, Miyu Takeuchi has failed to debut in her last competition. A lot of nosy parkers say that it is because she clung to the main vocal position that requested her insanely challenging high-tone voice. They’re saying that if she took the safer position and evaded from the controversy, she might be able to make her debut. If she took the easy way and won the place, I might be happy with her win. However, Miyu took the other way, and now she comes to the one who has my full respect.

Several years ago, I met with a very memorable quote in a book “Economics of Almost Everything.” Although I cannot remember the exact wording (and the original quote was in Korean), it said that “Not every win and lose is the same. What we have to aim for is a very close win from our full/best effort. Only the one who can accept the aching last-one-step defeat can learn from the failure.” We might always get A+ if we always take the elementary school math exams. But it does not give us any true information about ourselves. We can know about ourselves only with eternal battles, and the most informative one is from the close win or the imminent failure.

Miyu announced that she’s going to graduate(leave) from AKB48 and find a way as a solo artist. I’m impressed with her choice to make her way, and I wish my best to her way from now on; hope she has found a meaningful answer from the last choice.