I hope you're all having a great day/night/evening/morning!
Today I'd like to share with you some memories and photos I've made during my 27 days - long stay in Japan! BUT! Before I start, I'd like to say...
Without you I wouldn't be able to visit the country I've been dreaming of going to since I was a little kid. Besides the fact that japanese influenced artists of Deviantart have had a huge impact on me through years, I did somehow manage to raise half of the funds I needed for my trip to Japan through deviantart commissions! Which is absolutely amazing when I think about it, so I'm endlessly thankful to you guys, for supporting me through all these years, and for making my art matter through your feedback. You made one of my biggest wishes come true!
Ok, so now I'll get down to my story.
First 3 weeks of my trip to Japan was actually a japanese language course I really wanted to attend. I got to live with japanese families and despite the fact that it was immensely stressful at first (my japanese speaking skills are still pretty hilarious), I gained a lot of experience (asking for help is my forte now, especially after getting lost on Hanabi fireworks festival and asking for help some police officers, haha). We've visited together Shizuoka, Numazu, Sakaki, Nagano and Tokio, where the summer school officially ended.
But not for me! I finally got to meet with my friend
for the first time after she's started studying in Japan, and I accompanied her on her long awaited holiday! We went to a trip to Kamakura and Nikko. She also introduced me to comic and doujinshi shops in Tokio which was hell in a good way 8'D
Without further ado, I'd like to present you some photos, and also, reference book/comic/doujinshi which I bought and thus, recommend! But I should warn you
, most of these books would interest "my people", who samurai culture nerds, bl fans, 90s' anime fans, Attack on Titan fans are most likely to be. Hope you'll enjoy!!!!!
Port in Numazu, Shizuoka prefecture
THAT THING. I've seen it in so many animes and memes I didn't know it was so cute in real life! Do you know the name of this creature? Aquarium in Numazu.
The big one was almost as big as me and I'm almost 185 cm tall. Nature, you never cease to amaze me.
Trip on a fishing boat! We got a fish as a present from a passing boat which was so sweet!! ( the fact, not the fish)
Just a random street somewhere in Shizuoka prefecture. Posting because I liked the sun effect here, hehe~~
Here I present you.... THE ONIGIRI MOUNTAIN (this name is for real)
One of the highlights of my trip was meeting the master of the japanese sword - japanese culture living treasure!
So you want to be an apprentice of the master? No problem, you just have to cut coal for 3 years before you get to touch the actual iron.
Sakaki bridge. It fits exactly one small car.
Tea Ceremony we've got to attend
AMAZING gate in Nagano city.
Open-air sculpture museum, UtsukushiGahara
I might post these as an actual deviation, because I enjoy these views of UtsukushiiGahara and surrounding area a lot!
Takeda Shingen, one of the most stubborn samurai I've ever heard of. Despite losing his battle with Murakami Yoshikiyou he ordered his warriors to stay on the battlefield for 3 weeks, not unable to accept defeat! What did his soldiers do? They basically called his mother to call him to order! I'm a fan
Meiji Jingu temple, Shibuya, Tokyo
Amazing girls of Harajuku!
Akihabara at night
"HUNGRY WEREFISHES OF NIKKO" - that would make a nice D-class Horror Movie
Can somebody explain to me why these people are so beautiful
CRYING BECAUSE WE'VE MET NINJAS
taking a break to draw some trees
The taste was interesting, but yeah, NOT BUYING AGAIN x'dd JUST NO
That's it for the photos part! I hope you enjoyed it! Now I'd like to present some books I got during my stay! (YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED ABOUT FANDOMS I'M IN AND STUFF I LIKE)
Marco x Jean Anthology!
I must say, I've had a hard time searching for JeanMarco doujinshis at the book shops (I've found PLENTY of Levi x Eren though), but the few I found were drawn just so pretty it made up for the quantity. This one is a huge book (over 200 pages for sure) containing work of several artists. Most doujinshi are very short (just a few pages), mixed with short novels and "thank you" notes.
Book about drawing clothing folds - has many pages (191) and is VERY informative (judging from photos, I can't read it completely yet). Has plenty of reference photos mixed with drawings based on said photos
Book bought because I have a thing for hakamas
WHY, A TRADITIONAL COSTUME REFERENCE BOOK!
69 useful poses in -literally every angle Also comes up with CD!
...I definitely have a thing for hakamas...
Second JeanxMarco doujinshi I got, this time from one author!
oh my goodness ;__;
Of course it's mud he's washing his hands from
This one is actually a history novel, so it has very few illustrations. It has furigana (little letters explaining kanji symbols), so it's a good book for learning japanese!
Japanese armor and weapon reference book. No photos, pictures only. Almost 400 pages!
Ok so the next book I would call a real treasure...
Do you think it's a comic book? New volume of Attack on Titan? No...
It's an english textbook. It's Attack on English.
It works like this - on two pages we have japanese and english versions of Attack on Titan comic pages. Pages are then compared and grammatical issues are explained on the next pages.
The book works both for learning japanese and english!
I immensely enjoyed watching Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex and the Laughing Man was my favourite arc of all series - and I just learned it has manga version!
But what surprised me even more was the manga style...
WHO ALLOWED TOGUSA TO LOOK THIS GOOD?? In anime he looks pretty much like sweet potato (which doesn't really keep me from loving him as he's my favourite character, but...)
ok he looks like a dork here but wait
WHO LET YOU BE THIS HOT. I faintly object
ARE THERE ANY GUNDAM WING FANS OUT THERE? BECAUSE I THINK YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY PAY ATTENTION TO THIS.
I haven't seen it published in english anywhere yet and THAT'S A SHAME, BECAUSE WE HAVE A COMPLETELY NEW GUNDAM WING MANGA AND IT HAS ALREADY 8 VOLUMES AND IT'S...
...What can I say, It's absolutely beautiful and it finally fits the anime. Completely.
Because of this scene I had a little heart attack on the street because I've been a fan of Duo and Hilde for 10 years now....
...And after 10 years they're finally getting a beautifully drawn chapter what is this christmas
This dog is sad
An official comedy yonkoma for Attack on Titan!
Featuring Marco helping Sasha to study with a stick and carrot technique, please send help.
Okay so last, but not the least...
A very important book, an absolute must have
Ladies and gentleman, drawing butts tutorial book! 62 pages!
The title is in english so I easily found it on Amazon, here's the link if you're interested in buying: www.amazon.com/Drawing-Mens-Hi…
And that would be it! Hope you enjoyed my photo - packed journal!
Now please excuse me, because I have some commissioned pictures to take care of.
Take care and please do your best today to fulfill your dreams as I just did with mine (with your huge help!!)