New Editions of Sugar Sugar Rune

Hello! I am so excited to share this with all of you.  There were new editions of the Sugar Sugar Rune manga released this year in Japan.  There are eight volumes for the original editions, but with this new one there is a total of four books, each of them containing two volumes worth of the manga.

I have the complete eight original volumes in English, but I could not resist the new editions.  The cover illustrations are simply gorgeous.  Can you guess my fave?  It is the one with Pierre~! *^^*

I am so stoked that they have been releasing new merchandise and content for this series.  Over the years, the author, Moyoko Anno, has made new illustrations of the characters and has produced new merchandise, such as a 2020 calendar, newly released bookmarks (I’ve shown them in another post), and now these. 

Besides these new manga editions, there also was a different release of a collection book showing more in depth information on the series; more illustrations of characters, rooms, and the world.

I was surprised with the little heart, notebook-looking item attached to the back cover. It turned out to be a mini magical item catalog from the series~! ^^

The new editions are well made, easy to flip through. I opened the first and last book to check the contents, and from what I saw, the content is the same as the original—no new illustrations or plot changes.

The content may be the same, but the cover illustrations themselves make it worth it. Before, there was, like, nothing with Pierre on it.  And now there are more items than ever featuring him.  So happy~

Bye!

Konmari Method: My Experience

For those of you who don’t know, I am a big Japan nerd and so at the end of 2018 I totally embraced the craze that is the Konmari Method, which is created by the tidying enthusiast Marie Kondo.  Her method is one where you go through all of your possessions in particular categories, and hold each item to see if they “spark joy” inside you.  In the end, you are surrounded mostly, if not only, items you love or spark joy. 

​This method does not stop there, however, and gives you ideas for utilizing your items to enhance your living space, or to make your items more comfortable in storage, such as folding your shirts upright in your drawer so they aren’t being crushed underneath other shirts.  Basically, showing consideration towards your possessions.


The first category she has you go through are your clothes, because it would be pretty easy to identify the items that don’t spark joy since they are such personal items.  After that, you go through books.  And the categories go on from there.  But these first two categories were actually ended up being the hardest for me. 

​Not initially, but after kondo-ing my clothes and books, within a month to three months down the road, I found that there were several items that I regretted donating.  And it turned out that they were really hard to find again for purchase online.  That is, by the way, one idea with the method–that if you really needed an item after the fact, you could simply repurchase it.  No biggie.  Well, most of what I own I had deliberately bought for either a look or a topic that I am interested in, even if I won’t really use it.  It was so that I had the option to wear or read said item.

This process of trying the Konmari method made me realize how truly sentimental I am with items I own.  Even with items I have sold in the past, I have found myself thinking about them again and scouring the internet to repurchase them, and in the end doing this, of course, costs more money.  

It is not to say that I dislike the Konmari Method.  I love her “Spark Joy” book showing the cute ways of utilizing your trinkets to decorate your living space, make your jewelry collection more attractive, or even how to store your clothes.  Even her manga, illustrating the transformation process and impact of honing in on your dream lifestyle, I like that it gives an example of how it can give your life more flavor. 

But to anyone interested in or starting this method, I do caution you that you may have the same experience as me.  You may regret getting rid of that silk jacket, linen dress, or that minerals manual.

Has anyone else had an experience like this?