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the word ふるさと furusato literally means “hometown,” but it can also mean home, or where one belongs.


being a person who calls japan a second home – my REAL home, where i am happiest and at my most natural, it is heartbreaking to see the damage caused by the great tohoku earthquake last friday. it is not something that could have been prevented, but i am glad that japan is such an efficient country, and i am touched time and time again by the warmth, kindness and honesty of the japanese people in difficult times like these. being far away from japan right now, there is nothing much i can do but keep a close watch on them, and pray for the best.


right now, the only thing i can do, is share the following song :

“ふるさと furusato.”

this song was performed by arashi and many other young japanese singers during the annual kohaku utagassen program this year, and it is perhaps the most suitable song for this particular moment in time. the lyrics really warm one’s heart, and i believe every single word in it, is true.

[click here to listen to the song]


[the peaceful greenery that calms and soothes the soul]
夕暮れせまる空に 雲の汽車見つけた
なつかしい匂いの町に 帰りたくなる
as dusk approaches, i come across a train of clouds
i feel like returning to the town with the nostalgic scents


[strangers always ready to share a smile and a victory sign]
ひたむきに時をかさね 想いをつむぐ人たち
ひとりひとりの笑顔が いま
僕の そばに
earnestly piling up the times
of the people who made my memories
each and everyone’s smiles are now
by my side


[my beloved host family in osaka, who loves me unconditionally at all times]
めぐりあいたい人がそこにいる やさしさ広げて待っている
山も風も海の色も いちばん素直になれる場所 
there are people there who I want to meet again
who are waiting for me with kindness      
the mountains, the winds and the color of the seas
it is the one place that i can be myself


[kind people who i met by chance in the arashi concert, are now my friends]
忘れられない物語がそこにある 手と手をつないで口ずさむ
山も風も海の色も
ここはふるさと
my unforgettable stories are there, and we hum as we hold hands
the mountains, the winds and the color of the seas,
this is my hometown


[my kids in saitama, who clung to me and cried when i left, telling me to never forget them]
めぐりあいたい人がそこにいる やさしさ広げて待っている
山も風も海の色も
(ここはふるさと)
there are people there who I want to meet again
who are waiting for me with kindness
the mountains, the winds and the color of the seas,
(this is my hometown)


[strangers who were more than glad to help, when i was lost and alone in the mountains of kyoto]
君のふるさと
your hometown


[the place where i am the happiest]
僕のふるさと
my hometown


ganbare nippon!!!

the sun will rise again tomorrow.

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i finally received the parcel becki sent for my birthday a few days ago, and it really was well worth the wait. it was such an awesome present that i am still smiling everytime i think about it right now. i love you becki!


there are instructions and words written on the flaps of the box 😀 these were the order in which i was supposed to open the presents inside the box. each present was wrapped up in different colours ♥


i feel the ♥


she warned me it was like a rainbow threw up inside the box, and she wasn’t kidding 😀 it smelled really good (even from the outside) too!


birthday card ♥♥♥


it’s so pretty!!!


first box ♥


lush!!! shower jelly and massage bar ♥


second box ♥


purple lipgloss befitting of jun


third box ♥


more lush goodies! hair and body gel, and some soap


fourth box! ♥


this was such an awesome awesome surprise!


my favourite perfume which i can never find here in malaysia O_O


i love the bottle, it’s so pretty!!!


fifth!!! frogs on a yellow background ♥


she was so sneaky >w< she got me new shop photos!!!


each present had small colour-coded tags attached to them!!!


they were all “messages” from the members hahahahah i couldn’t stop laughing 😀 so cute!


my favourite ♥♥♥


there were 2 more, a blue one with dolphins and one more with poker cards on it 😀 she got me the tekkon kinkreet copy of H and a wink up with oh-chan on the cover!!! ♥♥♥

thank you so much becki!!! ♥ ベッキ、大スキ!♥


♪ お誕生日おめでとう!♪
happy 27th birthday to
♥♥♥ 二宮和也 ninomiya kazunari ♥♥♥


i love how happy you truly look whenever you’re together with the rest of them, especially when you’re on the stage in concerts!


🙂 this year’s birthday cake!


i can’t believe it’s been one year since i last celebrated! time really flies!


i wanted to get something yellow but the only one they had in yellow was orange-flavoured, and i’m not too fond of orange >o<;; this one had lemon jelly on top though, so it's somehow yellow? :p


i’ve given up on trying to write about how much i love you D: it’s just impossible to put into words…


so i’ll just let the photos do the talking :p


i’m praying for your good health, success and happiness! ♥ i hope you get a lot of love and rest for your birthday!!! ♥

it’s going to be nino‘s 27th birthday soon ♥♥ and in celebration of that, i will be posting my favourite photos of him! 😀 do bear with me, dear readers! :p

so here we go! the first picspam consists of some of my all-time favourite photos of him. it’s very VERY difficult to narrow it down to 12 photos, because there are so many good photos of him, but i tried my best!


♥♥ it’s often been said that he resembles a shiba inu, and i can’t agree more – it’s those expressive brown eyes!


well-known for his love of gaming, he also enjoys being cooped up at home in his pajamas with nothing but his baby-blue nintendo ds


he also gets giggly at the most unexpected moments!


he looks good in shirts with skinny ties


ask him what he’s obsessed about right now, and it would always be the same answer : magic


how he gets away with almost anything, and i really do mean anything : the pout (TM)


his childhood dream : professional baseball player


his loyal companion throughout the years : his guitar


his passion : stageplays, movies and acting


the shy japanese chef who falls in love : tawara ippei (haikei, chichiue-sama)


he doesn’t show much skin, but when he does, he does it well


i love this so much, i want a really big poster of it in my room

and last but not least :


the mayor of pathetic town who stole my heart : ariake kouichi (ryuusei no kizuna)

yesterday i went to 保土ヶ谷 hodogaya to look for the church featured in maou and was supposed to go exploring in sakuragicho as well, but right after i found the church, it started raining so i decided to go train-hopping instead to collect stamps! 🙂

takadanobaba –> [yamanote line] –> shibuya –> [tokyu toyoko line] –> yokohama –> [yokosuka line] –> hodogaya


i saw this on the train… a really cute bag!


the best reflective surface i could find in hodogaya hahah!


it’s gradually getting warmer but spring is still in the air


garden decorations


i love the colours in this shot 🙂


a really nice stairway up the hill. somehow this shot reminds me of itoshii kimi e


this made my day ♥♥♥ :p


green houses 🙂 it must be really convenient to have a postbox right outside your own house


classic cars


a nice playground right on top of the hill! it overlooks the whole city >w<


保土ヶ谷カトリック教会 hodogaya catholic church


it was a friday so there was actually nobody there, but they were preparing for an event so i didn’t want to be too much of a bother


it looks really pretty on the inside!


it was a cloudy day, which was really too bad because i would be able to see the sunlight streaming in through the stained-glass windows if it was sunnier


even so, it was really beautiful and tranquil…


i am always entranced by japanese wisterias


the same house that had the cat decoration earlier. i saw this hiding in between the bushes on the way back 😀


it’s not winter anymore, but i love my snowflake necklace


it started raining so i figured it would be no use trying to get off at any stations to explore, and started train-hopping to collect stamps since i don’t have many stamps from outside tokyo


the benches at 横須賀 yokusuka


i find this really amusing. it’s polite and nice for a warning sign XD


a lot of schoolchildren on the trains, since it was a friday evening. school was just over so i guess a lot of them were on their way home 🙂 one of the girls had a 5×10 strap on her cellphone XD


i spotted the name of this station on the huge JR line train map when i was in the train, and couldn’t resist!!! it was really far away though. i find it funny that a lot of schoolgirls got off at this station too.


the colour even matches >w< ♥

backlog : 2010.05.03

i went out on an adventure! 🙂 after finding out that the mansion used as masamune-kun‘s apartment in the my girl drama was in a small town called 田園調布 denenchofu, i decided to set out to look for it!


the houses in my neighbourhood had their carp streamers out :3


a sign at the local shrine : may they grow up healthily!

takadanobaba –> [yamanote line] –> meguro –> [tokyu meguro line] –> denenchofu


🙂 i arrived at a surprisingly quiet and pretty town!


i have no idea why but it reminds me of a western country…


foreigners often complain about how hard it is to find places in japan due to the messy layout of the address system, but i find it quite helpful! i find places quite easily with these little blue signs and the signs painted on lamp poles along the street


🙂 the apartment where masamune-kun lived at! it’s actually an unused western building that belongs to the house next to it


wisteria in the gardens


take a peek through the fence 🙂


i found an opening, so i went in!


the main entrance


the decorative birdhouse hung on a tree branch. this birdhouse was photographed in the my girl fanbook as well!


really pretty flowers that look like cherry blossoms, but i don’t think they are…


this sort of looks like a scene out of an english book!


hiro lazing in one of the birdcages >w<


hello!


even the flowers by the roadside are dancing in the spring breeze!


so happy!


this looks like a very expensive neighbourhood to live in


not many people walking around too…


tea time at lepi dor 🙂


i found out about it online and even though it looks intimidating on the outside, it’s actually a pretty affordable place!


i ordered the millefeulle and the gateau fraise


a close up of the gateau fraise. they used real whole strawberries in between the layers!!! *o*


the best millefeulle in the world


i love my rabbit brooch


the main sales counter downstairs at the patisserie 🙂


the other side of town


is it just me, or does it look like an old cowboy movie setting?


in front of a (closed) cafe. i understand the sign about no smoking, but the one about drugs…


the cutest sign ever


多摩川 tama river


a nice building at 狛江 komae!


i love the colour gradiations!


carp streamers are everywhere :O they love their boys huh?


this house is really awesome, they have wisteria hanging over their front gates *O*


a traditional good old barber

along with the rain.

it’s been raining the past few days and the temperature dropped instantly within the first hour of rain so i still don’t quite feel spring in the air just yet, but the flowers are all starting the bloom! i took some photos this morning when i went grocery shopping in the rain 🙂

recently, there have been many weird arashi related coincidences in my classes… i never realized watching arashi would let me learn so much >w<

1. hana ichi monme was mentioned in my haiku class and i actually could sing the song =w= thank you shukudai-kun!

2. the phrase tenki ame (meaning “rain on a sunny/fine day”) was also mentioned in my haiku class… thank you marathon!

3. the word samidare (meaning “early summer rain”) in literature class >w< thank you nino!

4. the kanji for appeared in one of the haiku we were studying >w< one of the rare times i knew the reading of a kanji compared to my friends who were better at it, without looking it up on my electronic dictionary… thank you shochan!

… i can’t remember the rest but there were definitely a lot of arashi-related coincidences in my classes this week!

in other news, more misfortune has fallen upon my laptop 😦 the screen has gone all crazy and i’m beginning to feel like buying a new one, but that would mean a japanese one, with its funky japanese keyboard and weird settings… i should probably go fix it, along with the malfunctioning keys on my keyboard… but i keep worrying about how much it would cost and how long it would take >o<;; i hate electronical problems!


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