Right now I am enjoying a louscious peach and a rice waffle covered with yoghurt.. You probably think I should be enjoying an ice cold drink or beer to celebrate my last day of school for this semester but since the weather isn’t that warm nor nice I didn’t feel like it. I’ll be more probably gameing Star Craft II all night long with my boyfriend
. Yes, it sounds pretty nerdy, I know.. and while we’re on the subject of being nerdy and doing indoor activities during summer because the weather is totally disappointing
, here two movies I haven’t seen yet and absolutely want to!
2010, directed by Mai Tominaga. With Kou Shibasaki, Kimiko Yo, Kyoko Enami
Like a Grimm’s fairy tale on LSD, with magical morsels of mouth-watering food in the mix. Female director Mai Tominaga’s second feature tells the story of a young woman (Kou Shibasaki) who loses her voice after a bad break-up with her rakish Indian boyfriend. Her process of healing involves returning to her hometown, tastefully called “Titty Mountain Village”. There, she reacquaints herself with a free-spirited mother who cohabits with a cute, talking pig. Inspired, and armed with her grandma’s secret recipe, she opens a very special restaurant…source
A Liar and a Broken Girl
(Usotsuki Mi-kun to Kowareta Ma-chan)
2011, directed by Natsuki Seta. With Aya Omasa, Shota Sometani, Masaki Miura.
A couple of children go missing while a serial killer with a thing for stabbing young women is on the loose. The kidnapper? An impossibly pretty and quirky highschooler named “Ma-chan” (Aya Omasa). The killer? Her childhood friend, compulsive liar “Mi-kun” (Shota Sometani). Or maybe not. Pop teen romance, child sequestration and vicious torture ensue in Natsuki Seta’s twisted beyond-cute-and-evil love story, driven by rock-strong performances by the young (and rather good-looking) lads/leads. source
Although the description above sounds rather gloomy I’m quite sure the film is sort of funny and cute..
Hello Everyone! I guess most of you know and love Hayao Miyazaki’s films such as Princess Mononoke, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle and many more. For me it’s impossible to decide which one I like the most..they are all so fabulous! Since I’m very interested in Japanese folklore most of the Studio Ghibli movies absorb me. My fascination for mythology and folklore started early with the Greeks and the Scandinavian. Naturally I became very curious about Japanese mythology and folklore after my stay there. You may ask yourself what do Studio Ghibli films have to do with Japanese folklore? I think very much! The most obvious example is the film Pom Poko. The film is about Japanese raccoon dogs (Tanuki) living in the Tama Hills on the outskirts of Tokyo. They try to protect the forest they live in against the rapid house and road construction. Here some parallels to Japanese folklore:
- Tanuki in Japanese folklore are mischievous, lazy, cheerful and gullible creatures who use their supernatural shape-shifting powers to trick humans. It is often said that a tanuki would put a leaf on top of its head and chant in order to change its form into anything (for example, a monk). They are also said to try to con humans with leaves turned into banknotes, although Oroku prohibits them from doing this in the film.
- Statues of tanuki can be seen everywhere in Japan, especially in temples and shrines, and often holding a barrel of sake (nihonshu).
- In Japanese folklore, foxes are also supernatural creatures (known as kitsune) with the ability to transform themselves into a human form. However, in contrast to the absent-minded tanuki, kitsune are usually portrayed as more witty, cunning and sometimes malicious.
- The stone statues which the tanukis turn into are those of Jizō, the protective deity of travellers, people condemned to Hell, and the souls of stillborn, miscarried, and aborted fetuses. The roadside statues are a common sight in Japan.
look closely..Yes,.. they are using their scrotums as parachutes
If you haven’t seen this movie yet I warmly recommend it to you! Anyway, I love all the mystical creatures in these films and therefor wanted to try to make an Obento with Susuwatari riceballs.
Susuwatari literally meaning “travelling soot” are small black round-shaped creatures that appear in two of Miyazaki’s films: My Neighbour Totoro and Spirited Away. Their appearance is the same in both films but while in the film My Neighbor Totoro they are optical illusions caused by moving quickly from light into darkness, in Spirited Away they are described as moving by hovering around, extending stick-like legs and arms from their bodies to do certain tasks, and able to lift objects many times their own weight. They make a squeaky murmuring sound when excited, and dissolve into powder (soot) if crushed. The protagonist Sen befriends a number of them by helping them carry coal. She is told that if Susuwatari aren’t given something to do, they turn back into soot.
Today I went to the cinema with a fried of mine! We watched Fast Five. Actually it’s not a movie I usually would choose but surprisingly I really liked it! I haven’t seen “The Fast & the Furious 1, 2, 3 & 4″ but happily it didn’t matter . The cinema is named Kinepolis, located in Schaffhausen and much more impressive than the biggest in Zürich !! I felt like in an other country or something because I had never been in such a nice cinema here in Switzerland before! What I found to be really breathtaking during the movie were the images of the favelas in Rio de Janeiro. The whole story takes place there and the scenery of this lively city was just stunning. It shocked me but at the same time it made me want to visit it.Naturally the girls playing were hot and the cars even more . The guys were not really my taste but most of them weren’t ugly neither. Anyway, this post is not going to be too much about the movie… so if you like action movies with great cars just go and see it! I wrote that I was going to post about what I’m eating recently so here it is:
Breakfast: sugar-free muesli with partly skimmed milk.. I have to say that it’s the third day now an that this meal started to annoy me…It tastes like horse or cow food so I will add some fruits from tomorrow on to give it just a little sweetness and variation in the consistence
the dark things are dried redcurrants and strawberries not chocolate Lunch
: Crocodile Obento
(fish) and fennel
with tomato sauce
garnished with capers, thyme & mint. Eden-Avalon
asked me to post about how I prepare my meals so I gave it a try to explain it:
: Hake, tomato sauce, fennel, garlic, olive oil (only a little) and capers