28 fevereiro 2017

The boy and the beast

The Boy and the Beast is a journey between two different worlds. It begins in a monochromatic Shibuya district in Tokyo, where Ren a 9-year-old boy ran away from his relatives after his mother passed away.

After living on the streets and wondering lost in Tokyo, one night he sees Kamatetsu, a beast that looks like a bear and talks to him briefly and goes away. Ren decides to follow the Beast and that is when the boy discovers a mystical portal, he is transported to Jutengai. This place is populated by animals with humanoid aspects. There he meets Hyakushubo, a pig aspiring to be a monk; Tatara, a skeptical chimpanzee; and Kumatetsu, a temperamental bear who decides to train Ren in kendo or something that is very similar to kendo.

Of course there is an explanation of why he wants to train Ren in kendo, but if I say it I might give a huge spoiler. The director choises of actions during the fights, the humor sequences between Ren and Kumatetsu are the best attractions of this movie.
Besides all the characters' personalities being a lit bit cliché, as we see them growing in character and age we feel more connected to the whole story that to me was very moving. 
This movie got a 90% of approval at the rotten tomatoes and I also recommend it to everybody.

27 fevereiro 2017

A super late post about the Jane Austen 200 years PROJECT

I joined a group of super nice people to read all Jane Austen's books this year and watch some movie adaptations. This project was created by Natália Carvalho (check her instagram clicking here) and there is one book selected for each month and I totally forgot to post about it here. But, guys, don't blame me LOL I am a little forgetful sometimes. If you want to joing was it is totally okay, even though we are almost in March LOL Here is the list: 

JANUARY: Sense and Sensibility
FEBRUARY: Pride and Prejudice
MARCH: Mansfield Park
MAY: Northanger Abbey
JUNE: Persuasion
JULY: Juvenilia and Short Stories
AUGUST: Lady Susan
SEPTEMBER: Longbourn
OCTOBER: Mr. Darcy's diary
NOVEMBER: The Jane Austen's book club
DECEMBER: Austenland

If you've already read any of these books, it's okay and you can watch a movie adaptation or a BBC mini series and it is just a way that the creator of this project found to make us celebrate such an important writer and I feel like this is worth it, because her stories are huge classics that speak to us till nowadays.

That's it, guys!
See you soon,

My language books

I told you guys that I would post about my textbooks that will help me learn japanese and here I am to complete my promisse. At the beginning of my journey, I only used two textbooks which were Hiragana for Beginners and Katakana for beginners. A lot of people say that it is not necessary to use a book to learn both alphabets, and I believe it too, but those books helped my a lot. First, because I feel that it is a lot more organized to keep everything inside of a book, instead of printing a lot papers and carry them. Secondly, because there were a lot of different exercises to practice what I learnt. Finally, because both books came with a set of flashcards for Hiragana and Katakana and I think that this was what I liked the most, because it helped me so much to memorize all of them.

After that I bought Genki, the Textbook and the Workbook, and I loved it with all my heart. There is a LOT of vocabulary for each unit and that's the only down side for me, but for the rest I think it is very simple to use and on the workbook there is lots of exercises to practice the grammar and the vocabulary that I learnt. I have a lot of difficulty to do the listenings, but that's something that I struggle anyways and it is not the book's fault.

Then, I decided that I would set a goal for myself and I would get my japanese checked at the end of the year by the JLPT examination, and that's why I bought a JLPT N5 book to practice for the test when I finish my Genki book. I don't know which JLPT I am going to try at the end of the year, but I will make my best to apply to N4. 

I also bought two other books for reading and I will be honest that I didn't like them as much, because I found out that there is another reading book for beginners that it has a "dictionary" at the end of the stories with all the vocabulary that it cotains and I don't have it on my books and I feel that as a beginner, this would help me a lot. But, again, this is for practice, and I will try my best to read both books till the end of the year.

And that's it, guys! It isn't a lot, but it is helping me so much!
See guys soon,

20 fevereiro 2017

Week 1 - Studying Japanese

I decided to take my japanese studies serious, it is a little bit hard for me because where I live there is no japanese school that I can go, so I have to do some extra effort to learn it and who knows, maybe some day I will be able to go to a different city and study there. 
To study better I thought that I should organize my studies and create a guide to it. So if you want to join me, I'll leave everything that I will study on this post, and maybe I will post my progress during the week and I'm planning to do a post talking about all the japanese books that I have and that help me during this journey. I also would like to add that I have already studied the hiragana and katakana charts, so I won't review them this week, because I don't think it is necessary.

Review Units 1 and 2 from the book Genki
 (This is the textbook that I use for Japanese studies) 
Practice the vocabulary using the website Quizlet
Do the test that it is available on Quizlet for units 1 and 2
Review the vocabulary using MEMRISE

Do the test that it is available on Quizlet for units 1 and 2 (Again!)
Watch videos from Youtube to review the grammar topics from Units 1 and 2 
Review the vocabulary using MEMRISE
Watch one episode: Terrace House

 Write a post on Lang-8 to review all the vocabulary from units 1 and 2
Review Unit 3
Practice the vocabulary using the website Quizlet
Do the test that it is available on Quizlet for unit 3
Review the vocabulary using MEMRISE

Watch videos from Youtube to review the grammar topics from Unit 3
Do all the exercises from the Homework book - Unit 3
Review the vocabulary using MEMRISE
Watch one episode: Terrace House

Review Unit 4
Watch videos from Youtube to review the grammar topics from Unit 4
Do all the exercises from the Homework book - Unit 4

Practice the vocabulary using the website Quizlet
Do the test that it is available on Quizlet for unit 4
Review the vocabulary using MEMRISE
Watch one episode: Terrace House

Write a post on Lang-8 to review all the vocabulary from units 3 and 4
Review the vocabulary using MEMRISE
Do the test that it is available on Quizlet for unit 4
Practice reading using my 10 short stories book - translate page 5

18 fevereiro 2017

What I am reading at the moment and my new best friend

I haven't finished any books yet and we are in the middle of Fabruary. I started a lot of things, but I'm having problems to continue those readings, or because I'm not interested, or because I have a lot of things in my mind. But in conclusion the thing is: I have to start finishing things. Now, the list looks like this:

The Hunchback of Notre Dame 
Never Let me Go
The Passion according GH
Ed & Lorraine Warren
Outlander volume 1

On the next days, I will focus all my attention on reading Outlander. But I won't give up reading the other books either. And to finish this post, I would like to share that my husband and I rescued this little dog from the streets, he was looking pretty bad and he was very sick at the time (January, 28th) but now he is completely healthy and he is having a lot of fun with us and I'm totally in love with him! He is such a nice dog and now, I have company when I'm reading my books. His name is Steve Rogers, like Captain America, because he was very thin when we found him, but I know that soon he will become a super dog! 

See you guys soon, 
Thais Okubaro

09 fevereiro 2017

Movies that I watched this past month

Everything that I watched during the past weeks.

LA LA LAND (2016)A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. I liked it, but I didn't love it :( I know, maybe there is something wrong with me and during the day that I watched I was having a super bad headache, but I don't know, something was off. 8/10

NOCTURNAL ANIMALS (2016)A wealthy art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband's novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a symbolic revenge tale. When the movie finished I was like WHAAAAAAAAAAAAT, but then I spent hours thinking about the movie and disscussing it with my friend and I was confused, in love, disturbed by it. Now, I can see it clear it: I just love it. 9/10

ALIEN (1979) - After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as distress call, their landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform. Continuing their journey back to Earth with the attacked crew having recovered and the critter deceased, they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.
I KNOW. I am probably the last person in the world who watched Alien LOL But I really liked it, I was able to see all the references from other movies and it was really thrilling, but let me just tell you that I laughed HARD on the scene that the Alien appears doing Jazz hands LOL SERIOUSLY, he was doing jazz hands and I just fell in love with it! After that scene, I was really cheering for him the whole movie. 9/10

MACHESTER BY THE SEA (2016) -An uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies. AND THEN I DIED IN TEARS! 10/10

04 fevereiro 2017

The backpack problem

Everybody who reads a lot of books problably has the same problem that I have: the SUPER heavy backpack. And when I get stuck in one reading, I tend to grab more than one book to keep my reading habits active. A necessaire, two books, a pencil case, my planner, that's everything that I carry and believe me, it is heavy. 
Then, two years ago, thinking about this problem, I bought an e-reader. I love my kindle and I use it all the time, in the first year, I think I read a lot of books on it, and as the years past by I noticed that I started to read less and less ebooks. From all my january readings, none of them were ebooks. The process of underlining, hilighting, writing on the pages make me feel like I can be more in the reading vibe.
So, I decided to read at least one book per month on my ereader to keep it active, to keep it always in my backpack and consequently with less things in it. 
What do you carry in your backpack? Do you have the same problem? 

03 fevereiro 2017

Top 5 books and graphic novels that I wanna buy this semester

Na vida real - Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang 
Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role playing game that she spends most of her free time on. It's a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It's a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends. Gaming is, for Anda, entirely a good thing.
But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer -- a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person's real livelihood is at stake. I JUST FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS PLOT <3 
BUY IT HERE: http://amzn.to/2kbjy5Z
Paper Girls - Cliff ChiangMatthew WilsonJared K. Fletcher e Brian K Vaughan 
n the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries collide in this smash-hit series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood. 
BUY IT HERE: http://amzn.to/2l6FZqB

Outlander Volume 1 - Diana Gabaldon
Scottish Highlands, 1945. Claire Randall, a former British combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743.
BUY IT HERE: http://amzn.to/2kbcm9W

Ghost in the shell - Shirow Masamune
Deep into the twenty-first century, the line between man and machine has been blurred as humans rely on the enhancement of mechanical implants and robots are upgraded with human tissue. In this rapidly converging landscape, cyborg superagent Major Motoko Kusanagi is charged to track down the craftiest and most dangerous terrorists and cybercriminals, including "ghost hackers" who are capable of exploiting the human/machine interface and reprogramming humans to become puppets to carry out the hackers' criminal ends.
BUY IT HERE: http://amzn.to/2kC6aIC

Androides sonham com ovelhas elétricas - Philip K Dick
By 2021, the World War had killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remained coveted any living creature, and for people who couldn't afford one, companies built incredibly realistic simulacrae: horses, birds, cats, sheep. . . They even built humans
BUY IT HERE: http://amzn.to/2k5tZp7

02 fevereiro 2017

Does change only happen on books?

I have been reading about changes for a long time, but I have never done something different or unusual. Some weeks ago I decided to dye my hair for the first time, of course, I didn't dye everything because it would be to crazy for my taste, but after reading A amiga genial I felt like my life was almost the same thing since I graduated from college.
Small changes are important so we feel that we are moving on from a place to another. All the good books talk about changes, there's always a hero in the story, who needs to change something, it could be from a city to another, it could be something in his or her personality, it could be anything. And I decided it was time for a little change on me, too.

I used a brazilian brand to dye my hair and it wasn't expensive or difficult to do it myself, so I really enjoyed the process and the results. It took me one hour and a half to do the whole thing, bleaching my hair and dying it pink. 
What kind of changes would you like to do it in 2017?