It’s my (Victoria) 2nd wedding anniversary in a next week, which not only means that I’m due a hella sweet present but also that lots of lovely wedding pictures have been popping up on my Facebook timeline. I’ve really enjoyed looking back at all the photos. It still feels like it was the perfect day. A few photos that really caught my eye (and given me a severe case of wanderlust) were from our honeymoon. We went on a bit of a tour of Japan and it was honestly the BEST TIME EVER. I can’t imagine ever visiting anywhere that’s as magical, fun and interesting as Japan.
I can’t wait to take my daughter there in a few years time. My husband and I have decided to wait until she is old enough to appreciate it fully. We are keeping all of our fingers crossed that she loves Studio Ghilbi as much as we do, as it’ll be a great excuse to go back to The Ghibli Museum. As we are both huge Ghibli fans, as soon as we had our honeymoon route plotted (through the awesome Inside Japan), one of the first things we did was book our tickets to The Ghibli Museum and got VERY excited about riding the giant Cat Bus. A typical (purr-fect?) honeymoon activity I’m sure you’ll agree.
I came away from the museum with so many beautiful photos, it was hard to whittle them down into a blog post. Hundreds of photos of dust bunnies, spiral stairways and glorious glass windows. Spellbinding stuff. There’s so much to enjoy that I’d even recommend a visit to non-Ghibli fans! Watch a short film in the Saturn Theatre, wander the roof garden with gorgeous views over Inokashira Park (and a giant robot) or pop for a Ghibli-themed lunch in the Straw Hat Cafe. Thinking about it all over again has put a big old smile on my face. You’ll be pleased to know that I did get a little Spirited Away in the gift shop and that cheeky Totoro above came home with me.
Now for something slightly different. We love going to the cinema, even though we often dip into our overdrafts to pay for a She and Hem worthy amount of popcorn. We feel so privileged to live so close to Watershed, a venue and event space in the centre of Bristol which always provides such an excellent, diverse and interesting programme. One event we definitely couldn’t miss (mainly because my (Victoria) OH would most certainly leave me if we did) was the showing of iconic anime film Akira, with added Neo Tokyo Party.
First, the film. Shown in the original Japanese with English subtitles, this was a particularly immersive way to first experience the influential, thrilling and visually dazzling world of Neo Tokyo. To those of you who have seen it, the film needs no introduction and I doubt I can do it justice. To those who have yet to experience Tetsuo and Kaneda’s technicolour adventure, please allow me to Samurais it for you; loud, brilliant.
The party? 80’s computer games! Japanese food! Graffiti wall! It was all very exciting. As I am off to Japan for my honeymoon later this year, I was eager to pick up some tips about how to join a gang of delinquent cyberpunk bikers. Be sure to read my Japan review in October to see how I got on with that. Unfortunately we were unable to wear our favourite Kiyoko and Takashi manga cosplay outfits as we had both came straight from work. Also, it would have caused a huge Japandemonium! But please don’t be koi, and for goodness sake let us know if that is something you would like to see.
I hope you enjoyed the post. I really bento-ver backwards thinking of all the puns.
Are those chopsticks in your pocket or are you just happy sashimi?
Last month we managed to snap up the last two tickets to an awesome event run by one of our favourite places in Bristol, The Watershed. There are always good vibes and interesting, fun activities going on there, but their ‘Studio Ghibli Forever’ season was particularly eye catching, a month long celebration of the legendary Japanese animation studio, featuring screenings, workshops and all manner of unique events inspired by Mr Miyazaki’s colourful, captivating back catalogue. It was the ‘Build Your Own Bento Box’ that was most alluring to us, as huge fans of both the Studio’s beautiful films and all Japanese food ever. Although neither of us have a natural flair for hands-on practical activities, we enjoyed learning about the culture of Japanese food and the history behind the Bento Box whilst sipping on some green tea. We certainly excelled at tasting all of the ingredients. Just look how pleased we were with our finished tasty boxes!
After some excellent instruction from special guest chef Kiyoko from Your Sushi, we reached the point of nori-turn and it was our time to make some delicious edible art. It was roe much fun! We were pleasantly surprised with our creations and as we got to keep the bento boxes, we’ll definitely be trying to recreate the fun at home. Fish us luck!
Thank you Watershed for treating the good people of Bristol to Studio Ghibli Forever, and thanks also to Clare from Watershed for the action shots of us.