Budo Diaries: Wow Keiko

Hello! It’s nearly midnight, you know, the end of September, and you know what that means.

It’s time to wake up Greenday: 

Anyroad, on the kendo forefront here’s a very quick, very brief summary of tonight’s practice! It was a pretty normal run, overall, and I did myself proud by making it to the dojo early this time to properly change and stretch, ehheh.

Also today was pretty keiko heavy, and I got to go a couple of rounds with the intermediate class guys and also Jo-sensei. Which was kind of a mistake, on my part, since I was soundly beaten by Jo-sensei’s marvelous men strikes and counters * A *;; Way too fast–and of course, he knows I’m waiting for kaeshi-dou.

Need to definitely work on a Thing to counter a counter. Or be more aggressive instead of conservative with senseis. Hm hm hmmm.

What I did really well today: Stamina, honestly; Sensei was pretty brutal about having me take the beginner guys on one-after-the-other, definitely for their benefit as much as mine since it also gave me a chance to work on seizing opportunities faster while giving impromptu lessons and tips to the newer guys… I had a few fabulous men and kaeshi-men  today * A * It was brilliant!

What I need to improve on: Speed! Countering counters, countering people who are taller than me, compensating for my height disadvantage–you know, the basics. Of course, taking a bit of a summer break can really slow down tournament-ready senses *COUGH* Although, I don’t need to worry about competing as much as my kohai still at NYU!


I Open at the Close: End of the Week Inspiring Quotes III

What a fabulous Friday! Or a frabjulous Friday? (CALLOO CALLAY~)

Anyroad, you all know the drill, it’s the end of the week, my dogs are tired, and I just want to go home and eat pasta and watch Iron Man 3! But alas, we cannot have it all, so buck up everyone and enjoy these tasty tidbits of wisdom to end your week right! By the way, if you missed last week’s inspiring quotes, you can check them out here and gaze ardently upon my lovingly designed (*COUGH* QUICKLY DESIGNED *COUGH*) inspiring words from a week ago!

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I Open at the Close: End of the Week Inspiring Quotes II

Morning everyone — here’s this week’s end-of-the-week inspiring quotes to get you through the last day at work/your Friday morning recitation (BOO!)/etc. etc.

Hopefully these brighten up your day and serve as a source of some inspiration/house pride !

Lovingly (*Cough* quickly *COUGH*) made by yours truly <3 Also, Henry David Thoreau man get’s a lot of misattributions — I can confidently say this Thoreau quote was penned down by him. Slytherins be praised.

And if you’re looking for more quotes, check out last week’s post!

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Budo Diaries: Mooncakes and Home Dojos

A lovely mooncake with red-bean and water-chestnuts for my after kendo treat. Watch out these are like, tiny bombs of calories.


Hello everyone~ This evening we have a lovely full moon and it also happens to be the Mid-Autumn Lunar Festival! So of course, I celebrated with a mooncake; although I dearly miss access to free cakes via my lovely roommates/friends at NYU

Ah well

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I Open at the Close: End of the week inspiring quotes

Hello — the Wandering Girl here just trying something new =) We started the week on a good note with an awesome quote about courage… so why not end the week with some quotes that should inspire members of all four Hogwarts houses?

Lovingly (*Cough* quickly *cough*) made by yours truly; it’s been an interesting week for sure, and I hope that you’re all ready to hit up that weekend!



New Harry Potter Movie: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

New Harry Potter-universe movie and more fantastic beasts? Yes, yes, yes

New Harry Potter-universe movie and more fantastic beasts? Yes, yes, yes

Okay so I’m pretty sure ya’ll heard about this hot piece of news, so I am going to keep up with the hype-bus and continue flailing about all the new info on the upcoming movie based on Harry Potterverse spinoff short: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

I mean, if you don’t believe me, here’s a sort-of social media press release straight from JK Rowling:

And there you have it! Cue the excitement, cue the arm flailing! Especially because we’re taking several steps away from Harry Potter and looking into other parts of the Potterverse, which is arguably one of the smartest moves in continuing with the franchise.  I mean, Potterfans have fallen in love with not just the characters, but the universe itself and I think giving fans a tantalizing glimpse into the rest of her magical world is genius.

Especially since we seem to be pulling a roaring 20s here and will be following Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them author, Newt Scamander,  who is based in New York City. Oh man this is beyond cool — seriously. There’s a lot of wild assumptions and predictions we can make with a setting like this and with the timing but, well, we’ll leave it all to JK and of course, our wild imaginations to tide us over.

=) As a big Potter fan myself I can do little to articulate my excitement besides arm flail and well, remind readers that with a New York setting there might be an American casting–we’ll just have to wait and see!

It’s good to know that there’s more to see from JK Rowling and well, I’ll hold off on getting out the good old Gryffindor scarf until we have more details!