THE NEW GHOST | Book Review

THE NEW GHOST

  • This book is done beautifully by the talented Robert Hunter, published in 2011.
  • A contemporary short story that follows a recently deceased new ghost, on a haunting discovery of his purpose in the “afterlife”.
  • I could have easily skim through the book in less than 5mins, but the illustrations was just so gorgeous that I just couldn’t help but lingered on to admire the artwork.
  • To put it into words, it sort of resembles the combination of watercolour paintings and crayon drawings, simplistic nonetheless.
  • The illustrator also uses quite a bit of turquoise as the general colour scheme in the book.
  • Overall, despite the weird ending, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
  • If you like what you see in the video and the style of artwork, then this is definitely worth the money as a collection on the shelf.

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WHEN.

I don’t know what exactly it is about movies like The Book Thief, Memoirs Of A Gesha, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and that’s just to name a few.

Watching them, it gives me great comfort as stories unfold. A world that seems almost real but not. Each film with an element of an enchanting old ruin.

They echo a brief history, a story of a lifetime, morbid yet beautiful all the same.

Maybe in someway, it gives me a sick satisfaction from seeing one pull through with that sense of hope that we all know so well but never truly believe it ourselves.

“When every dream has turned to dust, and your highest hopes no longer soar.

When places you once yearned to see, grow further away on distant shores.

When every night you close your eyes, and long inside for something more.

Remember this and only this, if nothing else you can recall —

There was a life a girl once led, where you were loved the most of all.” – Lang Leav

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Tokyo, Japan [Day 3]

We went to Takeshita Dori on a Sunday, which was supposedly the best day to visit due to the amount of cosplayers who will be presence that day. But sadly, we only witness a few. The street was lined up with clothes stores, fashion styles that only teens could pull off. The famous crepe store, Marion Crêpes was packed with people waiting for their orders to be ready as we tried very carefully to maneuver over the crowd.

meiji jinguMeiji Jingu was only walking distance away from Takeshita Dori. The fallen leafs filled up the ground creating a yellow pavement leading us to the shrine. Greeting us from the entrance was a giant Torii Gate, looking at it really makes you feel small. Walking along the path into the shrine, we were lucky enough to witness a wedding ceremony being held. Female relatives and friends from big to small all dressed up in traditional Kimono to pay their respects and to bare witness as the couple take their first step as husband and wife.

ShinjukuShinjuku was a lot more like Ginza IMO, and looking for a restaurant to fit all 11 of us in one table wasn’t always so easy. Normal restaurant or cafes usually caters to 4 people and anything above that is a crowd. So we dined in higher classes restaurant usually where private rooms are available.

Shinjuku SnowingShortly before we left for Shibuya it started snowing, it didn’t last long but we sure did spend every minute watching it fall.

The luminous lights of Shibuya was absolutely gorgeous, branded stores taking up 4 floors of space and Shibuya Crossing was highly amusing. Something about watching a bunch of people crossing the street like ants then colliding from multiple directions. Not forgetting the prominent Hachiko statue in front of the train station.

One thing you shouldn’t miss when in Japan (besides the obvious, sushi & ramen) is their pastries. Pablo was a fairly good example, incredibly soft cheese cake with cookie crush on the side, absolutely delicious. There was also numerous maid’s cafés around the area, which we did not get to experience during our stay.

Tokyo, Japan [Day 2]

Sure is blissful waking up to the cold wintery weather of Japan. Craving only Japanese cuisine on our second day in Tokyo, we woke at the break of dawn and made our way to Tsukiji Fish Market in search of the freshest sushi breakfast.

Since we were independent, we travel mostly by train in Tokyo. Seeking guidance from locals and officers before purchasing our train ticket, we received nothing short of kindness and willingness to help the 11 of us reach our destination

Tsukiji Fish Market

Unlike any morning/night market I’ve seen or been to, the Japanese kept to their standard of cleanliness in what seems like every corner of the city. Every store kept their goods well organised, makes everywhere you look pleasingly pleasant to the eyes and welcoming.

The selections of restaurant was a hand full, so we just picked one that has a big enough table to accompany all of us. Ordering a variety of sashimi plates and miso soup, we dig into our very first sushi meal in Japan. The sea urchin was particularly memorable to me, it’s was so fresh I could almost taste the sea in my mouth.

IMO, nothing was really overpriced in the market nor was the freshness of the seafood below our expectations. Their impressively massive oyster and torched scallops tasted as good as it looks in the footage. We also found the famous Taiyaki, which is basically Japanese fish-shaped cake filled with red bean paste.

Tokyo Day 2

Walking till the end of the line of the fish market, we proceed to Naritasan by train to visit the famous Naritasan Shinshõ-ji Temple and Omotesando Street. Stepping out of the train, we made our way to Omotesando Street by foot. Stores and restaurants were constructed to fit tightly next to one another, creating an illusion of a curved village that never ends. It was the perfect time to stroll as the golden hour sets, amping up the beauty of the place as the light layered over signboards and windows.

Arriving at Naritasan Shinshõ-ji Temple, we were greeted by an enormous red lantern at the entrance of the shrine. Some recent research also shown that it is customary that you wash your hands before entering the temple. Instructions on how to do so as stated below,

1. take a water scoop on right hand.
2. scoop water and wash left hand.
3. switch scoop on left hand, and wash right hand.
4. switch scoop back on right hand and pour water on left hand, then wash your mouth.
DO NOT Wash your mouth directly from scoop.

Do note that the Unagi at Omotesando Street is without a doubt a MUST TRY!

Our lunch consist of shabu-shabu with beef that should be consumed with rare egg. Unappetising as that may sound, let me just say that is one of the best meal I had in Japan.