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Lately, I’m perplexed by my own words, hence I shall focus on snapshots.

It only takes one window to suitably stop the moment and bring yourself into a different setting.

Each time I watch Hanasaku Iroha, I couldn’t help but to pause for a while to take pleasure in the art and imagine myself checking-in to Taishoo period hot spring inn.

Of course, how can you not be, if the lovely maidens of the Kissuiso would welcome you with glee?

Further, seeing a clear blue sky, serene mountain view and vast ocean side is a paradise worth especially for someone who grew up in an urban area filled with buildings and cars.

A quick glance at the simple scenery makes me realize that things which come into view as uncomplicated lines all prove to have dimension and form on close examination.

Also, the idea of expressiveness in lines reveals that these strokes are constructed of torso, arms, legs, head, and neck and has the ability to stimulate feeling and emotion.

…most importantly lines give soul and embed the tradition.

Aside from the scenic views and details in art, this series is calling me to experience the onsen’s purity of water, mineral richness, and heat.

The art makes me also want to climb the stairs and visit the shrine in order to understand more how nature is linked to spirituality.

And lastly, I’m intrigued, mystified and fascinated by Kissuiso’s folktale–I want to help the god to find his way.

And hopefully, have my wish granted.

Overall, I’m enjoying Hanasaku Iroha’s. It’s one of my favourites this season, it has lovely animation, charming girls, and feel-good plotline.


Side Comments:

  • Nakochi, I wish you’re in ponytail, but regardless you’re gorgeous as always.
  • Yuina, from now on we’re shopping buddies.
  • Ohana, I love your sparkling eyes.
  • Tomoe-san would you be my onee-san?
  • Minko… you’re pretty as long as your mouth is zipped.