Yotsuba is an ongoing Japanese comedy/slice of life manga series by Kiyohiko Azuma.
It follows a little girl named Yotsuba and her adoptive father Koiwai, relocating to a new city and neighbourhood.
With a total of 86 chapters in 12 volumes, each tells a different day-to-day adventure.
For example, adventures like discovering the functions of an air-conditioner, watching the fireworks for the very first time, and visiting the farm.
This manga was originally introduced to me by a friend from highschool.
At the time, I only read 4 volumes because that was the only ones accessible to me.
After so many years, I finally got my hands on the entire volume 1-12 when I was in Japan last year.
I bought the original where the dialogs are written in Japanese because the translated ones costed a boom. And What I do is, I read the translated english dialog online then refer back to the physical manga for another good laugh. (tedious but so worth it!)
Like the first time I read it in class, the manga’s just as good as I remembered it to be.
Beautifully heartwarming, absolutely adorable, and so hilarious I could not say enough good things about this series!
It definitely deserves more raves and a no brainer when it comes to giving a 5 star rating on Goodreads.
I highly highly recommend it if you’re looking to start reading mangas, Yotsuba is a great one to start with or if you’re simply looking for something light and funny.
This book is a compilation of Vivan Maier’s work, an unknown street photographer who worked as a professional nanny back in the 1950s to 1990s. It wasn’t until later on in 2007 that her negatives was discovered/purchased by John Maloof in a Chicago auction house. Vivian Maier had stored away approximately one hundred thousand undeveloped negatives, until today.———————————————————————————————————
The book contains a selective compilation of her work and it’s brilliant.
I personally prefer the hardcover with the fabric like material and the initial V.N debossed on the bottom left corner, over the paper wrap of this book. So classy.
Only three pages of writing that includes an introduction from John Maloof and some of Geoff Dyer’s thoughts, with the rest of the book filled with Vivian Maier’s compelling work.
Each page sits a different filtered sepia photograph, taken with her high-end Twin Lens Reflex Rolleiflex camera.
In the video, are just a couple of my favourite photographs from the book.———————————————————————————————————
I remember ordering my own copy of the book right after I watched the documentary. (because I have no self control)
The thought of possessing some of her prints in book form brings me great satisfaction, a physical copy that I could flip through whenever I please.
If you’re a photography enthusiast (or not), I highly recommend you watching the documentary first before deciding to purchase the book.
Just so you get more of the style of her work and how it came to be in the first place, oh-so amusing.
“We have to make room for other people. It’s a wheel – you get on, you go to the end, and someone else has the same opportunity to go to the end, and so on, and somebody else takes their place. There’s nothing new under the sun” – Vivian Maier
If you’re a fellow reader (or not), do yourself a favor and get “Tuesdays With Morrie” written by Mitch Albom. I wouldn’t say it changed my life or anything so melodramatic but through the middle until the end I did get this strong urge to hug my family and tell them I love and appreciate them so much.
Yes, the content is pretty touchy-feely but with just the right amount of deep quotes and insightful materials. Here are some of my favorites…
“The culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn’t work, don’t buy it.”