A gift from Shirow!

So a mysterious large tube was delivered a few days ago and I've finally been able to get a hold of it…been dying to see what Shirow sent me! It's a beautiful poster set of the lovely Ayu!…my cousin!…haha yeh I wish but we do share the same last name but nothing else. 😛 Still trying to search through the family tree to find a relation…. 😛 These are the prettiest posters that I've ever seen of Ayu and her styling here is glamour perfected!

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Shirow also sent a wonderful cutely designed T-shirt shaped ♥Nocchi♥ keychain!! ^o^ I would say how did he know?…but I'm figuring that through my few Nocchi obsessive rants here and there, there may be been a small clue left behind. 😛 This one's going with the keys for sure! And there's also…………….

…my very first taste of UK candy included. Monkhill Confectionery "Flumps!" Fluffy marshmallow twists can be a part of any day and I think I'll share these with some friends. 🙂 Thank you so much Shirow!! I'm overwhelmed by your thoughtful and generous gift!! ^o^ Oh and I hope you don't mind me posting these as I….um….didn't ask first. 😛

Now with Ayu on my mind I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to share just a couple of my favorite songs by her.

My Ayu collection is a very modest one and especially when you consider how enormous her music catalog is!! :O Now if I actually had collected her entire works then I think you could have me commited as being a certified Ayumi-holic! 😛 She has so many different versions and releases that it's amazing and at the same time quite overwhelming just to think about. These two are old favorites that just never go away for me…

"Endless Sorrow." Love this song to death!! Of course hearing it tied in for 12 episodes of "Mukashi no otoko" has only added to this and it worked so well with the dark drama the show had to offer at times. I originally was excited to get the album version on her "I am" CD but it's just so different from the one heard in the drama so I absolutely had to then purchase the single itself. This version is so much better with the strings and rockin' dramatic appeal to go with it.

So this photo has such a cute pout going on!

09 Seasons
Hamasaki Ayumi

"Seasons" is another older favorite of mine. It's just such a solidly written piece and the verses and chorus are as catchy as can be!

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About MorningBerryz

Lover and free spirit who's interests in Japanese culture and the like are insatiable. I am of pure Japanese/Okinawan descent, love my cats, sleep and am a bit naughty at times :).
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