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I have been looking… for years and years for that perfect beanie [1] I saw Yu Aoi wearing on her Travel Sand book. I’ve looked at thousands and thousands of knitted hats of all types, but none has ever struck me the way that beanie had on those beautifully printed pages. The colors, the material… the amount of the openness of the weave, it was perfect.

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Slouchy, with ears, pompoms, tails, tails with ears and pompoms… the ones with scarfs knitted out of the beanies… my collection might not be vast, but it’s certainly varied. I’m also terribly cheap, so I really can’t see myself paying $45USD for the Mango Knit Beanie with beads or worse… £216 for this Inverni Monnier Freres cashmere beanie — as awesome as they are.

This search for the perfect beanie is becoming an OCD of mine. I need help.

Urgent help.

Yup. I finally bought Kyou, Konogoro (今日、このごろ。) — roughly translated to Nowadays, Lately. — which I had put off getting for years AND YEARS because… there’s a lot of text. But, damn. I was seriously missing out. There’s not many photos for the book, but there’s TONS of goodies for Yu-chan fans. A LOT of information (movie facts about Yu’s shooting projects, dates, movie suggestions, books she’s given or received, a sorta detailed work around to some of the magazine work she’s done, etc.) — In short, loads of great information for her Wikipedia page. xD

Having to tell you that my Chinese Mandarin classes are paying off for the Japanese reading. Ha! I’m just gonna have to go through all the text bit by bit. Coz seriously, there’s a lot.

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I know I have been a very bad Yu Aoi fan. First off, I had only a faint idea she was going to release a new photobook via HMV Japan, but since her website didn’t mention a thing, I didn’t think it was such a big deal. In any case, I ran into some of the photographs in my daily runs through Weibo — and voila!

I thought I should buy it. xD

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FML! Of course this amazingness had to be Japanese.

I’ve been looking for a proper way to store things in my bag (and elsewhere) — travelling is now a nightmare while one tries to figure out where to put cameras, phones, ipads, ipods, memory cards, cables, usb cables, chargers, and whatever else you travel with…

Coccon’s Grid-It! is… a pad, an elastic pad which you can use to strap things on. Sh!t doesn’t fall. You can stick it in your bag, or you can hang it on the side of your desk. You can shake it… it doesn’t freaking fall.

There seems to be 8 different sizes — from B6 format to A4 and a long format one — raging from $15USD to $45USD (1299 JPY to 3399 JPY).

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Not like I have a budget or anything (especially for something Audi xD)… but this bike is NUTS! It’s got elements made of polymers reinforced with carbon fiber, and the motor — which works with a small 48V lithium battery — has the equivalent of three horses of power with speeds of 70-80kmph O_O

Of course, I wasn’t able to search for an easy price… so maybe it’s still in the prototype stage xD~

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