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Instamashup: Back to Black and The Year of Sunsents

Haven’t had a whole lot of time for art lately…  …but my friend Ben inspired me with one of his photos recently, which I had to combine with @wildesunshine‘s beautiful shot as well 🙂 #doodlegram #instamashup  

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This Is Then, That Was Now | Steven Reddy’s Kickstarter

Recently I had a chance to interview the talented and prolific artist Steven Reddy about his new Kickstarter for his second book, This Is Then, That Was Now. I’ve been really enjoying illustrated memoirs recently, and of course I’m drawn … Continue reading

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I’ve recently been on a kick of doing “doodlegrams.” Combining disparate ideas to make something new has been around about as long as people have been making art, but I was particularly inspired by the Instagram user Daily Doodle Gram … Continue reading

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World Order “Informal Empire” English Lyrics Translation

A random bump on my lyrics translation of World Order’s Have a Nice Day reminded me that I still haven’t posted the lyrics to their most recent offering, Informal Empire. It came out

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Making Annin Dofu From Scratch!

Annin Dofu, also called Almond Jelly, is a sweet almond pudding that is fairly popular in Japan. Apparently it originated in Hong Kong Dim Sum restaurants. Here it is often included with sets at Chinese places and is a lovely … Continue reading

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Today’s art: Moon-viewing Beauty

Today is 十五夜 Jugoya, the day for お月見 Otsukimi, or moon viewing. Essentially a harvest festival, it takes place on the 15th day of the eighth month of the old solar calendar.  It happens to line up with the Chinese … Continue reading

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Today’s Art: What do you call a tree with a briefcase?

When I was in the states over the summer I got a chance to catch Guardians of the Galaxy. Of course I fell in love with Groot, and you already know my penchant for oyaji gags, so this just had … Continue reading

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New Kyary Pamyu Pamyu “Tokyo Highway” English Lyrics Translation

Well, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Pika Pika Fantajin has been out for a few weeks now, and has done fairly well for itself. Reasonably favorable reviews in the Western press, combined with reaching number one on the Oricon charts are all … Continue reading

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Gunma-chan Manjū!

We had just gotten back from lunch, when my lovely supervisor sidled up to my desk. “Psst…Alice, you should go to the meeting room.” I didn’t think I was missing a meeting, and she didn’t seem stressed or worried. If … Continue reading

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Starbucks Coffee Jelly Frappuccino and the History of Coffee in Japan

Well, dear Starbucks lovers, it’s been a while since I reviewed the Green Siren’s newest offering. In fact, we’re already on the second (maybe third?) drink since the Happy Yellow Fresh Banana Frappuccino. This was already the 6th rollout of … Continue reading

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