I remember the first day of MTV on 1 August 1980. I had moved back home and I wasn’t even 20 years old yet. My parents had cable TV and it was just chance that I was watching on the first day of MTV broadcasting.

Yes. I remember the Buggles “Video killed the radio star.” I have the LP to this day. It was a very exciting time musically,  I can hear Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and not be catapulted back to this ear.

As I watched my favorite kdrama “W” this past year, I was reminded of of the Aha video “Take on Me.” in 1984.

I cleaned out a lot of boxes of old stuff this past summer up in the barn. I finally decided I could parted with my old cassette mixes.  But I couldn’t part with the carefully created labels. These were mixes I actually listened to on a daily basis in the 1980′. I was a full time study in the Apparel and Costume Design program at Seattle Central Community College at the time.

This is my 1986 mix:

  1. Addicted to Love. Robert Palmer
  2. Everybody have fund tonight. Wang Chung
  3. One of the living . Tina Turner
  4. Burn. Doctor and the Medics
  5. Girls and Boys, Prince
  6. Two of Hearts. Stacy Q.
  7. Change in the Weather. John Fogherty
  8. Nobody’s Fool. Cinderella
  9. Don’t Forget Me. (when I’m Gone). Glass Tiger
  10. Mountains. Prince
  11. You Give Love a Bad Name. Bon Jovi

I’ve collected books since I was a child. I have way too many books, but even as I cull them, they seem to increase in number. I love bookbinding as a hobby and I’ve made a few small books in my time, mostly hinge, post, or Japanese stab bindings. I adored the Japanese drama “ビブリア古書堂の事件手帖” (Biblia Antiquarian Bookshop) which is a delightful mystery and reverence toward books. Ayame Goriki as the proprietor of an used books store with in depth knowledge of books and literature and Akira as her employee who struggles to read. Each episode revolves around one book or series of books and a real world mystery.

I was thrilled when futurelearn offered a course “Japanese Culture through Rare Books” from Keio University. it is in Japanese with subtitles. It is easy to follow with my 2 years of college Japanese with the subtitles. I created a flashcard set on Cram for the terms in the course to include language learning as well.

In November I visited the Portland Art Museum. I hadn’t had an opportunity after several visits to Portland to view the collection and a wonderful Andy Warhol exhibit convinced my less museum fanatic friends to agree. I enjoyed the museum immensely.

There was one small exhibit that was just wonderful exhibit up my alley “Cranes, Dragons, and Teddy Bears: Japanese Children’s Kimono from the Collection of Marita and David Paly.” Here are few images I took of these darling garments.