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I neglected this meme last year, and I regret it, so I'm resurrecting it.

New Things (For Me) in 2015

Best Book

I read a LOT this year, mostly due to paperbackswap. There were quite a few excellent ones in there, but the best, hands down, was The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett. Just gorgeous, smart, and fun.

Best Movie

PAN

I adored this movie. Imagine all the popular 19th century boys adventure stories, and this seemed to fit right in. It's all about the imagination of children. It's non-stop action adventure, with lots of snark, gorgeous colors. Just lots of fun.

As a runner up, I have to say: Spotlight

It was a really interesting look at the kind of old-school journalism that is fading fast from our world. Very serious topic treated seriously, but the script also had me laughing out loud in places, and the ensemble cast was amazing.

Best TV Show

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, seasons 1-3

Awesome. Amazing. Great mysteries, great cast, costumes to die for.

Best Podcast

Limetown is really amazing! Creepy and interesting with great production values.

Best Album

Hmm. The only music I bought this year were the Miss Fisher soundtracks. XD Really fun '20s jazz!
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[livejournal.com profile] jailbaitjello's prompt for the meme (feel free to keep adding prompts!) : But what drew YOU to this sparkly, sequin-y thing called Takarazuka?

(How did this turn into all-Takarazuka, all-the-time? *grin* I have another journal for that!)

Mmm, I talked about how I first was introduced to Takarazuka in a rather incoherent ramble here. But what, specifically, drew me to it?

The idea of it was interesting, in that it was all-female. I know now that it's not as rare as you might think, but at the time it was new and intriguing. A friend who was a fan had posted pictures of two of the actresses in costume as the characters Klaus and Eroica from a manga that I adore, and they really did look the part. (I want that show to exist so bad!) I watched Elisabeth, which has a certain aesthetic that I think appeals to anime/manga fans.

But I think the thing about Takarazuka which determines whether you are going to get drawn in or not is whether you find an actress that appeals to you. Once you've been hooked by an actress--be she center star or that girl in the back line of the chorus in an enormous helmet holding a spear--you're in trouble. Because Takarazuka is flashy and big and many other adjectives, but at its heart is Family. And you find your One and you adopt her as a sister or a daughter* and you watch her grow and you cheer her on and you empathize your heart out. Sure, part of it is the facts and figures that we learn and hoard worse than any sports fan, and part of it is hearts-for-eyes adulation for the stars, but really, feeling useful and like you're supporting them and helping them to grow... that's the secret to Takarazuka (and OSK)'s longevity.

* This is not actually as creepy as it comes across in black and white text, really.

I watched Guys and Dolls and I loved it, I loved the camp and the genuineness that Takarazuka manages to exude simultaneously, and I loved Rika's* larger-than-life Sky. Rika is the big sister I never had.

* Rika is the "nickname"** of Shibuki Jun, who was the top star of Moon Troupe in the early 00s.
** "Nickname" is a funny way of putting it, because all the actresses have them, and 40% of the time their "nicknames" are their actual names, since all of them adopt stage names while in the Revue.

Takarazuka

Jan. 11th, 2014 11:18 pm
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I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date! XD

Yes, see, I got side-tracked by Takarazuka things, but that's perfect, actually, because my topic for yesterday from [livejournal.com profile] jailbaitjello was "Takarazuka." (And, yes, feel free to keep adding to the meme topics, because otherwise you'll be subjected to topics that I pick.)

Takarazuka means 'Treasure Hill,' and is the name of a town in Hyogo Prefecture that once wasn't known for much of anything except a lovely hot spring. However, it was rather remote, even from the cities of Kobe and Osaka. The owner of the railroad lines that led to Takarazuka decided he needed a relatively cheap attraction to lure people out. So, in 1914 he began a theatrical troupe composed entirely of girls. Their earliest performances were on an impermanent stage constructed over a pool in a bathing house. Kobayashi convinced the girls' families that they would get a nice year-long education in propriety and the things that would make them good wives and mothers, and of course they wouldn't remain as performers for more than a few years (thus meaning that Kobayashi wouldn't have to pay them much). Their motto became "Kiyoku, Tadashiku, Utsukushiku"--often translated as "Pure, Proper, and Beautiful," although I prefer the translation of "Modesty, Fairness, and Grace." I think the later captures more of what Kobayashi was trying to achieve.

These young maidens (many were 12-13 when they joined) performed folk tales and fairy tales for a couple of decades before the industry began to change and incorporate elements of Western revue shows from Europe in the 30s. It continued to evolve, and still remains today, nominally run by Kobayashi's grandson and their parent conglomerate. All of which grew from that small train company, Hankyu.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of this rather unique Japanese art form. And if they do more these days to draw in a younger crowd, and less attention is paid to preserving the performance folk arts that they once were renowned for keeping alive, well.... sometimes you have to change to keep going.
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Something I just want to do, not really a meme, but if anyone wants to drop their own answers below, I'd love to hear them!

New Things (For Me) in 2012
or - How I Discovered Things Which Are No Longer Cool Years Late


Best Book

You know, although at the time I read them, I gave both CJ Cherryh's Betrayer and Janny Wurts's Initiate's Trial better ratings overall, Jerome K. Jerome's Three Men In a Boat is the one I keep pimping out to friends and relatives.

(Probably helps that it's not the 50-gazillionth in a series, like the other two are.)


Best Movie

Argo

I really loved Lincoln as well, but Argo just had me on the edge of my seat for half the movie, and I actually caught myself muttering at the screen (managed to stop myself from shouting) in the theater, which I just don't do because it's rude to the other viewers. XD


Best TV Show

Sherlock (BBC)

Just. Watch it.


Best Singer/Group

Mumford and Sons

Love everything by them that I've heard, but am particularly in love with "White Blank Page."

Her white blank page
and a swelling rage, rage
You did not think when you sent me to the brink, to the brink
You desired my attention, but denied my affections, my affections




They're kind of my Spike+Buffy OTP group.


Best Album

B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray

This album is just such an intriguing mix of styles, and it's really interesting.

We're trapped inside the matrix
Forced to play our hand
We're filled with so much hatred
The kids don't stand a chance



Best Song

I know it was over-played on the radio (or I suppose it must have been, because we were inundated with it on the military station in Japan), but I found "We Are Young" in my head all the time. It's just an intriguing 20-somethings' anthem.

I know you’re trying to forget
But between the drinks and subtle things
The holes in my apologies, you know
I’m trying hard to take it back
So if by the time the bar closes
And you feel like falling down
I’ll carry you home







Okay, and so it's my EWE Draco+Harry anthem. I totally blame that fic.
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The wallpaper meme is going around again...

• Anyone who looks at this entry has to post this meme and their current wallpaper on their LiveJournal.
• Explain in five sentences why you're using that wallpaper!
• Don't change your wallpaper before doing this! The point is to see what you had on!

Read more... )
caithion: (NewOSK: Dandy)
The wallpaper meme is going around again...

• Anyone who looks at this entry has to post this meme and their current wallpaper on their LiveJournal.
• Explain in five sentences why you're using that wallpaper!
• Don't change your wallpaper before doing this! The point is to see what you had on!

Read more... )
caithion: (Masaki - *g*)
Sharing Meme

day 01 | a song
day 02 | a picture
day 03 | a book/ebook/fanfic
day 04 | a site
day 05 | a youtube clip
day 06 | a quote
day 07 | whatever tickles your fancy


Dr. Boli's Celebrated Magazine has been keeping a smile on my face since [livejournal.com profile] mosellegreen introduced it to me.

caithion: (Masaki - *g*)
Sharing Meme

day 01 | a song
day 02 | a picture
day 03 | a book/ebook/fanfic
day 04 | a site
day 05 | a youtube clip
day 06 | a quote
day 07 | whatever tickles your fancy


Dr. Boli's Celebrated Magazine has been keeping a smile on my face since [livejournal.com profile] mosellegreen introduced it to me.

caithion: (Kisses! - Seshiru)
Oh, look... Jen forgot to finish her meme. -_-

Sharing Meme

day 01 | a song
day 02 | a picture
day 03 | a book/ebook/fanfic
day 04 | a site
day 05 | a youtube clip
day 06 | a quote
day 07 | whatever tickles your fancy


da mi basia mille, deinde centum,
dein mille altera, dein secunda centum,
deinde usque altera mille, deinde centum.
dein, cum milia multa fecerimus,
conturbabimus illa, ne sciamus,
aut ne quis malus inuidere possit,
cum tantum sciat esse basiorum.


I only really enjoy three poets, they're all quite dead, and I think if I quote Whitman someone might come after me with something. ;) It's over-quoted, but I'm in the mood for trite tonight.
caithion: (Kisses! - Seshiru)
Oh, look... Jen forgot to finish her meme. -_-

Sharing Meme

day 01 | a song
day 02 | a picture
day 03 | a book/ebook/fanfic
day 04 | a site
day 05 | a youtube clip
day 06 | a quote
day 07 | whatever tickles your fancy


da mi basia mille, deinde centum,
dein mille altera, dein secunda centum,
deinde usque altera mille, deinde centum.
dein, cum milia multa fecerimus,
conturbabimus illa, ne sciamus,
aut ne quis malus inuidere possit,
cum tantum sciat esse basiorum.


I only really enjoy three poets, they're all quite dead, and I think if I quote Whitman someone might come after me with something. ;) It's over-quoted, but I'm in the mood for trite tonight.
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Sharing Meme

day 01 | a song
day 02 | a picture
day 03 | a book/ebook/fanfic
day 04 | a site
day 05 | a youtube clip
day 06 | a quote
day 07 | whatever tickles your fancy


"My Triangle" - James Blunt parody of "You're Beautiful", on Sesame Street



.... Long, happy day. Now I'm going to ignore my overflowing inbox (sorry) one more night and bury myself in 80s Remington Steele hotness. *g*
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Sharing Meme

day 01 | a song
day 02 | a picture
day 03 | a book/ebook/fanfic
day 04 | a site
day 05 | a youtube clip
day 06 | a quote
day 07 | whatever tickles your fancy


"My Triangle" - James Blunt parody of "You're Beautiful", on Sesame Street



.... Long, happy day. Now I'm going to ignore my overflowing inbox (sorry) one more night and bury myself in 80s Remington Steele hotness. *g*
caithion: (Hinata San)
Because it's that time of year again....

Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

This year I've been busy!

In July I gave [livejournal.com profile] arlecchinic a kidney (1000 points).  In January I didn't flush (-1 points).  In August I committed genocide... Sorry about that, [livejournal.com profile] kinnosuikazura (-5000 points).  Last Sunday I turned [livejournal.com profile] sumire_no_hana in for tearing the tag off a mattress (3 points).  Last Tuesday I helped [livejournal.com profile] hellinoftroy across the street (6 points)

Overall, I've been naughty (-3992 points).  For Christmas I deserve a moldy sandwich!

Sincerely,
caithion

Write your letter to Santa!  Enter your LJ username:
caithion: (Hinata San)
Because it's that time of year again....

Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

This year I've been busy!

In July I gave [livejournal.com profile] arlecchinic a kidney (1000 points).  In January I didn't flush (-1 points).  In August I committed genocide... Sorry about that, [livejournal.com profile] kinnosuikazura (-5000 points).  Last Sunday I turned [livejournal.com profile] sumire_no_hana in for tearing the tag off a mattress (3 points).  Last Tuesday I helped [livejournal.com profile] hellinoftroy across the street (6 points)

Overall, I've been naughty (-3992 points).  For Christmas I deserve a moldy sandwich!

Sincerely,
caithion

Write your letter to Santa!  Enter your LJ username:
caithion: (Halloween 1989)
Yummy Hollywood stars. Making me cry. ... Don't vote?



In other news, Happy Halloween, everyone. <3

My LiveJournal Trick-or-Treat Haul
caithion goes trick-or-treating, dressed up as a fairy.
bunretsu tricks you! You get a dead frog.
ceteranna gives you 9 light blue chocolate-flavoured wafers.
faux_semblant gives you 17 light blue grapefruit-flavoured gummy bats.
imastrgazer tricks you! You get a block of wood.
jailbaitjello gives you 19 dark green evil-flavoured nuggets.
jenebi gives you 8 red-orange chocolate-flavoured gumdrops.
lokaichan tricks you! You lose 36 pieces of candy!
mon_bouche gives you 6 light blue mint-flavoured gummy bats.
princesslucia gives you 12 red orange-flavoured gummy worms.
sanalith gives you 17 purple pineapple-flavoured pieces of taffy.
caithion ends up with 52 pieces of candy, a dead frog, and a block of wood.
Go trick-or-treating! Username:
Another fun meme brought to you by rfreebern.
caithion: (Halloween 1989)
Yummy Hollywood stars. Making me cry. ... Don't vote?



In other news, Happy Halloween, everyone. <3

My LiveJournal Trick-or-Treat Haul
caithion goes trick-or-treating, dressed up as a fairy.
bunretsu tricks you! You get a dead frog.
ceteranna gives you 9 light blue chocolate-flavoured wafers.
faux_semblant gives you 17 light blue grapefruit-flavoured gummy bats.
imastrgazer tricks you! You get a block of wood.
jailbaitjello gives you 19 dark green evil-flavoured nuggets.
jenebi gives you 8 red-orange chocolate-flavoured gumdrops.
lokaichan tricks you! You lose 36 pieces of candy!
mon_bouche gives you 6 light blue mint-flavoured gummy bats.
princesslucia gives you 12 red orange-flavoured gummy worms.
sanalith gives you 17 purple pineapple-flavoured pieces of taffy.
caithion ends up with 52 pieces of candy, a dead frog, and a block of wood.
Go trick-or-treating! Username:
Another fun meme brought to you by rfreebern.
caithion: (style)
It must be Jen Does Memes Week. ;)

Pictures of my LiveJournal Friends )
caithion: (style)
It must be Jen Does Memes Week. ;)

Pictures of my LiveJournal Friends )
caithion: (Masaki & Blue)
I've always meant to do this meme, and then it's always been down whenever I've actually gotten myself around to doing it....

Who comments the most on this journal? )

And doing this has reminded me... Does anyone know what happened to Sindeniirelle?
caithion: (Masaki & Blue)
I've always meant to do this meme, and then it's always been down whenever I've actually gotten myself around to doing it....

Who comments the most on this journal? )

And doing this has reminded me... Does anyone know what happened to Sindeniirelle?

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