Three of my songs, Fågelflickan, Dancing In The Rain, A Letter To Hikoboshi will be in the compilation album HELIANTHUS. It will be released on the 27th of August 2023 on the Japanese streaming website Minna Kikeru which collects independent music by artists related to Japan. HELIANTHUS includes lots of cozy and dreamy songs so please look forward to the release!
You can listen to a small part of Dancing In The Rain in the video below.
I talked with Dela from CMFLG a few days ago.
He said the release date of my album Bittersweet Stories should be before the end of the year.
He is organizing everything for my album and he often gives me amazing news. A news that I recently got from him is that he is thinking to ask Taylor Deupree from 12k to master the album! How exciting!
I’m very thankful for Dela’s help. It’s too bad that I couldn’t meet him in Japan when I was there for vacation. Hope I can meet him again in the near future. (I have met him once many years ago. I played live at this event that CMFLG organazed.)
Yes, I went to Japan for vacation! I met my family and friends. I had fun!
I bicycled a lot around my hometown and bought many things and ate lots of tasty Japanese food that I had missed so much.
For example, this drink. Do you know this? It’s called “cream soda” which is melon soda with vanilla ice cream. I have never seen cream soda in Stockholm, so I ordered it without hesitation when I found it in a “kissaten” (retro café). It was tasty but I was disappointed a bit. It didn’t have a cherry in it! By seeing a red cherry floating in green melon soda, I can come into a dreamy world. What a blissful moment it is! But I couldn’t do that because a cherry was missing. Boooo :(
This is Chacha! My cute, funny and a little violent(!) cat in Japan.
I met him for the first time in three years. But it seemed like he remembered me. My mother didn’t think he would play with toys any more because he is old. But he played with some toys and this paper bag when I played with him. After a few minutes, the paper bag had got many holes. In other words, the paper bag was totally torn apart… He was an abandoned kitten and he doesn’t have any experience to play with other cats so he doesn’t know how much muscles he should use when he plays, I think. Therefore he uses 100 % of his power to play with this thin paper bag.
I had done much more things in Japan. I will maybe write about it later!
Now I’m back to Stockholm. I’ll start studying JAVA programming soon.
Of course I like to talk with girls I like, but I feel uncomfortable with too girly things such as girls’ lunch or girls’ night out. I have been thinking why I feel uncomfortable with that. Here is my theory.
Because I don’t like to put a label on people.
I like to be open to everybody. I don’t like to judge people based on gender. So “girls only” is against my ethical values.
This is my story.
When all the girls in my class ignored me in the elementary school, there were only boys in the class who talked to me. But I didn’t feel very lonely. Because I could have fun talking and playing with them. I remember that it was 1991 and the Iraq war was the hottest topic on the morning news shows. The boys started to play a war game and I joined them. We made two teams and played Iraq vs multinational force. After that, we watched a Star Wars movie. There was a student group working for announcing and broadcasting in the school. They played movies during lunch breaks when it was raining.
But suddenly our teacher came and got angry at us when we had fun watching the movie. She screamed hysterically “Why are you watching such a violent movie!?”. We didn’t understand why she got so angry so we just became silent. I was the only girl who was there and she asked me if it was scary. I said that it was scary because she wanted me to say so. Now I think I should have said it wasn’t scary. But that was the only way I could think of to avoid an argument with her at that moment. She got upset that me as a girl watched such a “violent” movie. But I thought it was a sexual discrimination. “As a girl, you have to have a ladylike attitude.” I have heard that phrase many times and I always felt disgusted when people put a label on me. I didn’t want to limit myself. I wanted to be free.
After a while, the girls stopped bullying me. They started to talk to me. The girls were just forced to ignore me. I think the bully leader gave up because it didn’t really work with me.
So I believe that there is always somebody who supports you if you are open and honest to everybody.