the me + music tag / 2022 edition

Hullo, world!

I’ve been looking forward to today ever since the wonderful Ryan Elizabeth tagged me to do this–The Me + Music Tag!! It feels like a while since I did a tag, so it’s nice to be doing a goofy sort of post. (   ˙꒳​˙   )

THE RULES

  1. Link back to the original (Sophie @ Me and Ink) so she can see your answers and listen to the tunes.
  2. For every prompt you choose to do, name 1-5 songs (you can use Sophie’s graphics).
  3. Have fun and play your music LOUD!

DISCLAIMER: A lot of the music I listen to is not in English (oft. in Japanese) or don’t have lyrics at all (like classical ones). I won’t be able to translate those that are in Japanese, so yeah… 

  • I Like Me Better – Lauv //I like me better when I’m with you/I knew from the first time, I’d stay for a long time ’cause/I like me better when/I like me better when I’m with you//
  • Champagne Problems – Taylor Swift //Your mom’s ring in your pocket/My picture in your wallet/Your heart was glass, I dropped it/Champagne problems//
  • Blank Space – Taylor Swift //Got a long list of ex-lovers/They’ll tell you I’m insane/But I’ve got a blank space, baby/And I’ll write your name//
  • 心予報… Kokoroyohou – Eve //君に染まってしまえば染ってしまえば/心遊ばせ余所見してないで/想っていたいな想っていたいな/桃色の心予報//
  • Thou, Oh Lord – The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir //But Thou, oh Lord are a shield for me/ My glory and the lifter of my head//
  • SELAH III – Hillsong Young & Free //Love, joy, peace/ patience and faithfulness/ Your goodness is here now//
  • O store Gud – Lena Maria Johansson-Klingvall //Then sings my soul/my Saviour God, to thee/how great thou art/how great thou art!//
  • Another Day Goes By – Lizabet //Before I walk out the door/To say goodbye to you/I’ll try to stay strong/I’ll try to move along//
  • 朝ご飯の歌…Sunrise ~The Breakfast Song – Satoshi Takebe, Aoi Tejima //みんなで朝ご飯/わたしが作った/いそいで、いそいで/でも味わって食べてね //
  • 世界の約束…The World’s Promise – Chieko Basho //木漏れ日の午後の別れのあとも/決して終わらない世界の約束//
  • ひこうき雲…Hikouki-gumo – Yumi Arai //空に憧れて/空をかけてゆく/あの子の命はひこうき雲//

> other favourite movie soundtracks (all of Studio Ghibli, Inception, Interstellar, Dunkirk, Ad Astra, Your Name, Weathering with You &c.)

  • The Call – Regina Spektor //You’ll come back/When they call you/No need to say goodbye//
  • 銀河鉄道999…The Galaxy Express 999 – Godiego //さぁ行くんだその顔をあげて/新しい風に心を洗おう//
  • 鉄腕アトム…The Astro Boy March – Takai Tatsuo, London Philharmonic Orchestra //misc.//
  • アンパンマンのマーチ…Anpanman March-Dreaming //なんのために生まれて/なにをして生きるのか/こたえられないなんて/そんなのはいやだ!//
  • 服部…Hattori – Unicorn //ハッタリ/ジゴロ/服部おかしな2人/ペーター/パパは金持ち/逆光/珍しく目覚めの良い木曜日/デーゲーム/人生は上々だ/抱けるあの娘/大迷惑/ミルク//
  • The Wind Rises Soundtrack– Joe Hisaishi //misc.//
  • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4-6 – Tchaikovsky, Berliner Philharmoniker //misc. //
  • 101 Classical Greats – Prism Leisure UK //misc. //

 

  • 踊り子…Odoriko – Vaundy //回り出した あの子と僕の未来が/止まりどっかで またやり直せたら//
  • ジャイアント・キリング…Giant Killing – Luwan //ローリン、三振だったんです/フォーリン、慢心だったんです//
  • 言って。… Say it. – Yorushika //あぁ、いつか人生最後の日、/君がいないことを/もっと、もっと、もっと、/もっと、ちゃんと言って//
  • うっせえわ…Ussewa – Ado //正しさとは愚かさとは/それが何か見せつけてやる//
  • Believer – Imagine Dragons //Third things third/Send a prayer to the ones up above/All the hate that you’ve heard/Has turned your spirit to a dove, oh-ooh//
  • おジャ魔女カーニバル‼…Ojyamajyo Carnival – Ōmori Yoko, Mahoushoujyo ni Naritai //お空にひびけ ピリカピリララ/とんで走ってまわっちゃえ/テストで3点 笑顔は満点/ドキドキワクワクは年中無休//
  • Wake Me Up – Avicii //So wake me up when it’s all over/When I’m wiser and I’m older/All this time, I was finding myself, and I/Didn’t Know I was lost// -> This was the first English pop song I’ve ever listened to!!
  • Touch the Sky – Hillsong United, TAYA // My heart beating/My soul breathing/I found my life/When I laid it down// -> This was the song we always sang at my first youth group & makes me tear up all the time…( ´•௰•`)
  • Souvenir de Florence – Tchaikovsky //misc. //
  • Romeo and Juliet – Tchaikovsky //misc. //
  • Symphony no.5 – Beethoven //misc. // -> all of these three were childhood favourites I got to play in orchestra & gave me the confidence as an amateur violist (୨୧ ❛ᴗ❛)✧
  • Rain On Me – Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande //I’d rather be dry, but at least I’m alive/Rain on me, rain, rain/Rain on me//
  • Various Waltz  – Tchaikovsky, Delibes, Strauss //The Nutcracker op. 71-Waltz of the Flowers/Swan Lake op. 20-Waltz/Sleeping Beauty op. 66-Waltz/Coppelia-Waltz/On the Beautiful Blue Danube, op. 314//
  • In Case You’re Gonna Jump – Omoi //君が飛び降りるのならば僕は/笑って一緒に飛び降りる/止めてくれるとでも思ったか!/僕らの絆を見くびるか!//
  • すばらしい日々… The Wonderful Days – Unicorn //すばらしい日々だ 力溢れ/すべてを捨てて僕は生きてる/君は僕を忘れるから/その頃にはすぐに君に会いに行ける//
  • 見上げてごらん夜の星を … Look up at the Stars – Kyu Sakamoto //見上げてごらん夜の星を/小さな星の 小さな光が/ささやかな幸せを祈ってる//
  • My Favourite Things – Julie Andrews // Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens/Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens/Brown paper packages tied up with strings/These are a few of my favourite things.//

Wow, that was long!! I mean, I wasn’t planning to cover so many songs. But alas, it is what it is. (ˉ ˘ ˉ; )


I’m tagging…

Maya Joelle @when through the woods

Emily @ Emily Charlotte

Esmeralda @ Lattes & Literature

Elizabeth Hyde (The Temperamental Writer) @ Trivialities

Meg @Meg’s Magical Musings

& anyone else interested!

Thank you for listening! What are some of your favourite songs? What genre do you listen to the most? Do you have a weird mix of genres you listen to (like me)? Let me know in the comments below; I’d love to chat with you!

Books + Music + Movie recs for Each Hogwarts Houses

Hullo, world! 

I do so apologise that I forgot to post last week. I was at a 3-day intensive karate camp feat. 6 training sessions which was each around 2 hours long. Yes, it sounds kind of gruelling, but it was super fun! I learnt two new katas–Saifa and Tekki 1. Plus, if you remember me going on about the Tokyo Olympics’ karate results, you can probably piece those two together…

Today, I wanted to do something fun and light! I was initially planning to write a Complete Narnia Review since I re-read the entire series for the umpteenth time, yet realised that’s kind of…also intense? So, instead, I’ll be sharing the Books + Music + Movie recs for Each Hogwarts Houses from another fandom I’m re-reading–Harry Potter!

🦁Gryffindor🦁

– The Illuminae Files

-The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

– My Hero Academia

– Stand By Me/Dead Poet’s Society

– Attack on Titan

– Beethoven Symphony no. 5, Dvorak Symphony no. 9

> My thoughts

A. This was one of the most fun lists to come up! I love the Gryffindor energy and their Shonen Jump vibes. 🙂

B. At the same time, it’s probably the second most-removed from my own personality…which is another reason it makes me kind of excited about it.

C. Random thing, but my fav. Gryffindor character is probably Hermione and the Weasleys. (Sorry, Harry!)

🦡HUFFLEPUFF🦡

– To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

– I Capture the Castle

– March Comes Like A  Lion

– 100 Days of Sunlight

– The Sound of Music/To Kill A Mockingbird

– Tchaikovsky Waltz of the Flower, Delius Coppelia

> My Thoughts

A. This one has the warm, fuzzy vibe that I totally want to stay soaked in!!

B. I think that Hufflepuff is the most removed from my own personna–although I’m still a nice person, I do swear–so I wish I can be more relaxed and be at-home. ☺️

C. My fav. Hufflepuff is Newt and Cedric. Obviously.

🦅RAVENCLAW🦅

– The Secret History

– The Picture of Dorian Gray

– Sorcery of Thorns

– The Promised Neverland

– Inception/Interstellar

– Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto no.2, Debussy Clair de Lune

> My Thoughts

A. This is my house!! So obviously, a lot of my tastes and favourites are reflected in the recs…

B. I really love the intellectual and magical vibes of Ravenclaw. I also love the pursuit of wisdom and ideas, too!!

C. My fav. Ravenclaw of all time is Luna. She’s also probably my fav. character in all of HP 😉

SLYTHERIN

– Six of Crows

– Crime and Punishment

– Wicked Saints

– Tokyo Ghoul

– Schindler’s List/Goodwill Hunting

– Verdi’s Requiem, Chopin’s Funeral March

> My Thoughts

A. Personally, I think that Ravenclaw and Slytherin are THE dark academia houses in HP. Which, btw, is saying I loved them to pieces 😆

B. If I was not in Ravenclaw, I’d love to be in Slytherin despite their bad rep. I love the grungy-vibes and everything angsty about this house.

C. My fav. Slytherin character is Draco and Severus and Regulus!!

And that’s it for today! 

Thank you for reading! Which Hogwarts house do you belong in? Do you have any favourites in the list? What books/movies/music would you recommend in your house? Let me know in the comments below; I’d love to chat with you!

My 12 Christmas List

Hullo, world! 

Can you believe we’re less than a week until Christmas? (I can’t and I can.) 2020 has been this weird, convoluted and longish short year that will stay in my memory as a pivotal time. And even though I probably won’t see many people other than my immediate family this Christmas, it will always be a time of great joy and celebration. 

One of the things I’ve been thinking about Christmas is the iconic 12 Days of Christmas song. I love to sing that song (and play it on the piano), so I thought, “Why don’t  I create a blog twist to it?” 

And this is the list I came up with! (It literally has nothing to do with the numbers, but bear with me. Lists of any kind makes me happy.)

So without further ado, I present to you My 12 Christmas List filled with the winter wonderland vibes…

1. Dutch Blitz

If you are confused, I apologise ahead of time. But ever since we got Dutch Blitz in Japan with a German-English instruction, we loved this game! I’m still confused if it’s Dutch or German in origin (okay, it’s German, I just looked it up on Wikipedia) but that doesn’t change the fact it’s a Vonderful Goot game! 

Also, our siblings are super competitive, so we have to make sure we have a 911 call close by…

2. It’s A Wonderful Life

I know, I sound cliché. I am. 

Yet I don’t see how anyone in their right mind wouldn’t watch It’s A Wonderful Life on Christmas. 

And that’s all I’ll say on this movie. 

3. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Since I pulled the It’s a Wonderful Life card, it can be reasonably deduced I will next jump the gun to Narnia. (And if any one of you want to check out the depth of my obsession with the series, check out The Narnia Tag I created!)

No Christmas is complete without the first adventures of the Pevensie siblings. I’m planning to re-read the book (for the hundredth time), listen to the epic soundtrack, and watch the movie!

4. Little Women

I’m basically going down the Christmas classics with this list, and this is something I default revert to during the Christmas season. My sister has been on my heels to re-watch the 2019 version Little Women, and now that it’s officially Christmas season, I’m all for it!

5. Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Album

Courtesy of Pinterest

I am a huge fan of Tchaikovsky, and what better way to spend Christmas than by listening to his Nutcracker ballet? It’s absolutely magical, and although I don’t do ballet, I love banging out his variant dances and waltzes–especially his Waltz of the Flowers. 

6. Wicked Saints

This is where I veer off from the classical Christmas list. But having read this book in mid-summer in the mountains, I felt like I had to do it justice and put it back in the proper season it belonged to–winter. 

Wicked Saints is everything winter can be–white, endless, bitter and cruel. At the same time, it’s also breathless and wonderful, inversing our perspectives. 

7. A Darker Shade of Magic

Courtesy of Pinterest

I love the four Londons that come out in this book, especially White London. *collective gasps* I know, I’m that one weird person who had to go ahead and say that. 

Anyhow, I’m looking  forward to curling up beside the fireplace re-reading this book over the winter break. 

8. A Winter’s Promise

Courtesy of Pinterest

Some of you might have already heard me screaming about  this book since I found out about its existence in May. If not, check out my review on the first book and the second book on my blog. 

A Winter’s Promise is the reverse of Wicked Saints in that it has the same Russian-Polish vibes of the harsh winter, but also combines the sparkling effects of other European winter expertly. It’s another thick tome I wouldn’t mind nibbling on during winter! (Plus, one can never have enough of Ophelia, her scarf, and Thorn.) 

If you like Howl’s Moving Castle, Castle in the Sky with a decided arranged marriage twist, you will like A Winter’s Promise. 

9. Brooklyn Tabernacle Christmas Album

Okay, I did sort of go off on a completely different tandem again, but hear me out. 

I grew up in a nondenominational international church in Tokyo run by Southern Baptist pastors. We had a two-week Christmas concert with six showings, with a completely different show each week. Since my parents were in choir, we were singing Christmas gospel songs from July. 

I know, such is a life of a Christian homeschooler. 

So any Christmas is not complete without a spectacular gospel-infused Christmas music. 

10. The Snow Queen

Courtesy of Pinterest

And we’re back to the classic list! I love Hans Christian Andersen’s Snow Queen, it was probably my favourite fairy tale growing up. On that note, it still is! 

So I beg you to give it a read if you have not, since none of the movies out there give  it enough justice to this gem. 

11. Caramel Brûle Latte

Courtesy of Pinterest

I’m not sure if this is a Canadian (or North American) thing, but it doesn’t feel like Christmas until Starbucks start promoting their Caramel Brûle Latte. I drink at least two or three cups before it’s Christmas!

12. The Book of Isaiah 

And lastly, no Christmas is Christmas without a good re-reading of the Book of Isaiah from the Bible. Ever since I was little, Isaiah (along with Jeremiah and Eccelsiastes) were one of my favourite books of the Bible. I think the biggest reason is all the Messianic prophesies streamlined in it. It offers me great hope and also prepares my heart for the coming of Christ–which is what Christmas is. 

So that’s My 12 Christmas List! Thanks for reading this far. 

What did you think? Do you have 12 things that makes you think of Christmas? Are you familiar with any of the things I mentioned? What do you think should be on a Christmas list? Let me know in the comments below; I’d love to chat with you!