A Small Step For Blogs…

Writing a first blogpost is always a little awkward. who am I talking to and, above all, what is it that I have to say? Should I be funny from the get go? Or have something profound to say? Truth is: I don’t think anyone has an answer to these questions…so why bother, Let’s just start writing!

Five Different Shoujo Manga


So apart from the fact that ShouJoy is probably the lamest pun in existence, it is ofcourse also a reflection of my love for Shoujo manga. For the people who might not be familliar with the concept shoujo let me elaborate a bit.

Playing Games

In my first blog I was worried I wouldn’t have anything profound to say. Buckle up kids because it turns out: I do!

Together For Ever

The 18th of may is the day I got inked. It was something that I have been considering for a long looong time (90’s joy: I will get a tribal tattoo, 00’s joy: it will be a lotus..suuure). Turns out: I got a bee and some roses.

Sushi Festival Joy

What do you do when the weather is nice, your tummy is rumbling and you haven’t seen your friends in a while? That’s rigth! You look for a food truck festival in you neighborhood and attend that bad boy. In this particular case: Sushi festival Joy.

The Phenomenon: Cosplay

Some might be familiar with my work I do for AniWay (if not check out their magazine and YT-channel, they’ve got some neat stuff for all japan-enthousiasts). When I was thirteen (or twelve) I got engrossed with anime and manga.

Rrrolling, Rrrolling, Rrrolling

You’re at work, nothing happened all day and you feel the grumpiness creeping in: office blues. The best medicine for office blues is definitly ‘not doing dishes’ on a friday night

Tokaido: A Road to Happiness

One of the things you should know is that I am a bad loser and an even worse winner. I am slightly toxic when it comes to boardgames. It’s go or no, 0 or 100, win or lose. So imagine my frustration when I lose a game where your goal is to have the best vacation!

Objection!: Captivating Puzzle Games

I am an avid RPG-gamer. I love playing a single player game, that is story driven with some of my friends comfortably in the backseat yelling at my ineptitude. I love being immersed, I don’t mind the reading and the cut scenes, and it’s fine there is no player two. 

A Tale of Cat and Mouse: Fruits Basket

When you are part of this community there are a few titles you must have seen or at least heard about. Big shounen titles spring to mind (e.g. bleach, Naruto, one piece, Full metal alchemist) and, at least for me, shoujo titles such as vampire night, lovely complex and Fruits Basket.

Addicted to Authenticity

In this world we look for authenticity. We crave it. When I look at instagram I see millions of people claiming #nofilter #Iwokeuplikethis, when I read their bio’s I see words proclaiming that this will be the realest profile in the internet. When I watch my favorite food documentaries I hear the word “authentic’ uttered many many times.

Pokémon: My Relationship with Nostalgia

Nintendo mailed this super fan a questionnaire. I don’t think I would have felt as inclined to fill in the questionnaire if Facebook hadn’t declared me a super fan 10 seconds prior. One click, two clicks…this is going to take a while.

Wishing for Happiness: A Thousand Paper Cranes

It makes me think of a story I read three years ago, when I went to Japan. Among other things I have visited Hiroshima. If you ever find yourself in Japan, visit Hiroshima. Peace park and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum are one of the most imposing places I have ever visited. 

Orginal Character background story: Laya the Wizard and Snoop the Racoon

This story is based on this art I found on pintrest. The original artist (saintwalker 1806) has a lot of dnd related content so please check out their page!

See You on the Other Side

Whenever we encounter trauma or something that shakes up our world we all react in a different way. Some of us may cry, some of us feel nothing, we turn to substances or rise from ashes stronger than before. Everyone’s situation is unique, yet the same.

Kyoto Animation: Why we Love Them

KyoAni is a marvelous studio. Admittedly, animation studios hardly get my attention because I don’t read Japanese and mostly skip the intro’s. But KyoAni is one of the few studios that I know, due to their exceptional work. They always produce stunning works, some of my (season) favourites were produced by this amazing studio.

The Ancient Art of Home Made Sushi

The ancient art of sushi making, I have heard it takes years for a chef to perfect it. With rice as a key ingredient, it is essential that it is not too sticky, too sour, salty, but just right. With an easy kit you can do it in your kitchen within the hour.

The Legend of Joy: Hyrule Field

It is 1998, my brother brought in this magical device of blue and white. It is something you plug in your tv and has these things called ‘controllers’ (what ever that means). I have no idea what I am watching, but suddenly I see Mario jump into a painting and I am captivated

Binging: The Rising of the Shield Hero

Everyone has been through this. It’s like lightning strikes you, love at first sight, all you can think about: a new anime addiction. I had seen mentiones of this series before, and at the time thought it was right up my alley.