heavy is the brow that wears the crown

Kaye. Twenty-one. Girl. Muslim. Writer. Once and future queen of the Iron Keys, which gives me life-long tiara rights.

Raised on a diet of foreign films, British period dramas, Studio Ghibli and old Japanese cinema.

Charlotte Bronte + one of Akira Kurosawa's samurai women. I will rap your knuckles with my katana if you don't mind your manners.

Partial to: tea and the cups it is poured into, Japan, old-fashioned ingénues, many-faceted glimmering words like "iridescent", dragons, Japan, fairy tales and wanderlust.

Abandon all hope of sanity, all ye who venture here.

(image by drachenmagier on deviantart)


In December 2013, Studio Ghibli co-founders Isao Takahata and Toshio Suzuki went to visit Pixar and was warmly greeted by John Lasseter.

John Lasseter makes me happy because he is such a Ghibli fanboy and he is always in such awe when they come to visit him, and he’s not ashamed about it. And he’s not the type of otaku fanboy who fakes it to be cool or is all weird and stalkerish about it.

He’s just like a kid. “Oh my god, I love what you guys do and I’m so happy you came to visit me and look, we have people waiting to meet you!”

I mean, I could be wrong, but that’s how I’ve always seen him, and that’s how I hope he stays.


Girls in tweed, oxford cloth, fair isle


Siyu Chen

It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer.

E.B. White

- This is exactly how I feel about amparo-ortiz, natashamheck, usagi-is-my-spirit-animal and allieinarden. <3

(@aftermyhat, too, but that goes without saying.)


Bit more progress. Will try and polish this off tonight.


1st pictures of next Studio Ghibli film Omoide no Marnie, directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Arietty).


$2,500.00 Titanium and Gold Lip Pearl Linerlock

This knife is from Suchat’s New Diamond Edition. This liner locking folder features a carved Robert Calcinore Mosaic Damascus blade. The handle has carved titanium bolsters, carved gold lip pearl scales with pink/green/yellow stone inserts, carved matching Damascus rear bolsters, and carved and anodized titanium liners and back-spacer.