I recently rediscovered one of my favorite music Youtube channels from back in the day, AChocolatePhilosphy, which was briefly Noamimi Lounge, before again becoming AChocolatePhilosphy. Weird to think that at one point you could actually just find new music all the time on Youtube. Obviously Humming Urban Stereo isn't shibuya-kei but I'd still like to get physical copies of their entire discography some day. But if I had to pick between only phyiscial or only digital...it's a weird position to be in when someone asks what music you've been listening and your most truthful answer isn't even on streaming services! I have considered offering to hum it to them since that sounds a little more fun then just naming the more popular artists I like. Well, it's not that I'm intentionally trying to be a hipster but playing Katamari as a child really determined which direction my music tastes were going to go and there was nothing I could do about it. They say you stop listening to new music once you turn 30. For me, maybe it was 13 or so. I hope that's not the case!
I'm pretty convinced that strawberries just get more oversized and misshapen every year. Even when strawberries were in season here, they really sacrificed taste for interesting shapes. The last package I bought had one that very clearly had a hemorrhoid. I'm beginning to understand why the old ladies sample them in the store. But being wasteful? In this economy? No. So, I made tanghulu for the first time! I'm not sure if coating things in sugar neccessarily improves the taste but they're fun to make and fun to eat. It's a very simple recipe, but there is a technique to it! I didn't have skewers so I just used my hands instead. The next time I try it, I'll be better prepared so hopefully they'll turn out a little better.
Also, some really great news! Mother SD was kind to me and I was able to win Max from the international lottery and Reggie from the US lottery!! So, my official Volks win rate is 2/4 (since I entered for Reggie twice)! I'm so so so excited, I wasn't sure if I would get this lucky. But I think hat either directly or indirectly made it happen! Thank you, hat! It's too bad that Max and Reggie won't share a birthday since Reggie won't arrive until late September (or in Volks time, early December), but I'm glad Haupia will be able to have gay dads without me having to reward scalpers or fight anyone in the aftermarket, or indefinitely pray to Mother SD for a rerelease. I can't wait!! I snagged the Boy's Dormitory sets and the strawberry maiden kimono so regardless of the results I wouldn't have been left empty handed either way, but I managed the best possible outcome! I'm honestly very grateful for the exchange rate but I hope Japan's economy can recover soon!
Anyway this week was very good for me. We even got some much-needed rain after several days of 100°F weather. Since I surely have a little extra luck to spare, I'm sending it to whoever needs it! And hopefully anyone who wasn't blessed by Mother SD this time will get another chance in the near future! Maybe the next Max/Reggie release will be even better! Please do not give money to scalpers I am begging.