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Archive for the month “April, 2016”

“Love is Difficult for Nerds” vol. 1&2 and The Question of Balance

Carla: If you like her, you can’t keep lying to her about who you are!
Janitor: Hogwash! Lie forever, it’s the natural form of communication between men and women.
-Scrubs, Season 7 Episode 6: My Number One Doctor

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How much do you disclose about yourself to a potential partner? To what extent, and how soon? Sure, it’s advisable to share a good amount of your interests, but what should or should not be held back at the beginning? There’s no real right answer to this, but living in a era where such a wide range of interests and hobbies exist, some of them are going to be lost on others. Perhaps it’s easier to find someone who already has a predisposition to your interests since they already understand the ins-and-outs of your particular like. It certainly makes for great common ground.

Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii, or “Love is Difficult for Nerds” as I’m personally translating it, is a massive seller among the respective audience here in Japan. Most recently the second volume outsold some major series when it came out at the end of March. With all the hype, the interesting title, and seeing the last two copies of each volume at the bookstore, I had to check it out. And it’s not hard to understand the popularity after reading: a slice-of-life rom-com with deep anime, manga, video game references and memes, posing some questions many of the readers are probably dealing with themselves.

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Shikoku Pilgrimage: Ehime

Quick note: you may be wondering why I mention the New Years holiday a lot in this post, even though I’m publishing it in late April. Not only did life catch up to me shortly after I finished walking the Ehime prefecture section of the trail, but I was also debating on how to actually write about my experience this time. Before I knew it, it had became April, and I am actually in the midst of preparing for walking the final section during Golden Week! So I came back to this post and decided to stop being an editorial wuss and just publish it. Most of what I’ve written below is exactly what I wrote back in January, with some added bits. I think I will go in more detail about the trip as a whole once I’ve finished it entirely.

As I write about the next section of the Shikoku trail, I find it harder and harder to elaborate on a day to day scale. Writing about the minute-to-minute details, from catching buses to walking hours, it all seems a bit…tedious; Information and tidbits that are, in the long run, unnecessary regarding the trip as a whole. While I am writing this quite after the fact, I can still remember all those minor details, but they become duller every time I scribe. Much like the photography I have been sharing, I slimmed it down to the best parts, and show what actually stood out to me as opposed to a reaction to every temple I went to. I figure I should probably try doing the same here.

I’ll still do the usual and give information regarding where I stayed and other minor points of interest for any future pilgrim. But this will absolutely be a more condensed version of a travelogue compared to my earlier stints.

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