About me

Hello. My name is Carola and I’m a 20-something geek from the Netherlands.

I am passionate about a lot of things and this blog is where I will talk about it… all of it.

My two biggest passions in life are Japan and books. I studied Japanese and lived there for a year, before moving on to book studies. I love books as objects and I love to read. I’m especially interested in Japanese literature and science fiction, but also young-adult, lgbt, and fantasy.

Beyond that, I’m a linguaphile, and I also love to travel. I enjoy baking, and massive cups of tea. Adore music. Get far too emotionally invested in podcasts and tv series. Need yoga. And I am a collector. I like to wander around book shops, see musicals and go to concerts. Most of all, I’m a bit of a geek.

About the blog
This blog started out as a book blog, but I have moved on to posting about more general geeky things! One of my specialties on this blog is Japanese fiction and language.

The title, brilliant years, is borrowed from a song of my all-time favourite band, L’Arc~en~Ciel. I’m hugely passionate about this band, I can genuinely say they changed my life around back in 2001 ♥


Brilliant Years
陽炎の果てへとつづく
想いはどこへゆくのか
君の足跡は消えた
届くはずもない
again I want to see you

その扉をあけて駆けぬけて木もれびの中
通りなれた海沿い道はやがてあの場所へと

君の好きだった歌声は
今も色あせずに流れているのに

陽炎の果てへとつづく
想いはどこへゆくのか
君の足跡は消えた
届くはずもない
again I want to see you
…かなわなくても
I wanna hear you
I want to see you
I want to see you…

ふり返ればいつも途切れることのない微笑み
手をのばせば澄んだ未来は確かにそこにあった

たどりついた夏の下で
君に会えたら何を話そう

そして輝かしくすぎた
季節は終わりを告げる
君の足跡は波にさらわれてしまった
again I want to see you

10 Comments

  1. Hi C.! Can I just start by saying that I LOVE your blog? I love, love its name and that it’s full with Japanese literature – I just <3 everything. I think I'm going to be your regular stalker 😉
    And OMG, we're like soul twins! We both love Japan (I lived in there too!!) and L’Arc~en~Ciel (I listen to all kinds of music but Laruku is different… they are special) as well as lgbt *high five* and ya books. So just wow~ And so glad you stumbled on my blog. 🙂

    • C.

      Aww your message makes me so happy! I’m also really glad I stumbled upon your blog, I love love love it! I’m also ridiculously excited about your April LGBT event, working on my sign-up post now 😀
      Where in Japan did you live? I lived in Nagasaki for a year 🙂
      I don’t know what it is about L’Arc but they just… I can’t even describe it. No matter how inactive they are, they are my favourite thing in existence forever <3

      • “ridiculously excited about your April LGBT event, working on my sign-up post now” YAY.
        I lived in Osaka a bit, then in Kanazawa. Also traveled a lot, spent a few weeks in Tokyo, etc. Was never in Nagasaki though…
        “can’t even describe it. No matter how inactive they are, they are my favourite thing in existence forever” YESSSS. I feel exactly the same way. Have you ever seen them live?

        • C.

          You can’t really go wrong with Osaka 🙂 If you ever have the chance to visit, I really recommend Nagasaki though! I’m not a huge city girl so Nagasaki was perfect for me to live, but it’s also a great place for touristy things 🙂

          I’ve seen them live a few times in Japan and two of their Europe concerts. Couldn’t be happier! I’m crossing my fingers for another world tour! Have you seen them?

          • “not a huge city girl” Same. That’s why I liked Kanazawa. Although I’ll always have a soft spot for Tokyo 🙂

            Me too. Both in Japan and in Europe (Paris). And yes, another world tour would be wonderful!

        • C.

          Isn’t seeing them live just amazing? I cry my eyes out during the first song every time 🙂

          I love Tokyo but I get sort of nervous at the lack of greenery so I have to flee the city after a few days 😉

        • C.

          VAMPS was fun the first year or two, now I’m so tired of them 🙁 L’Arc’s lack of activity disappoints me because I fear they are all more interested in doing solo projects and only get together once every few years when they need big money… Not very positive thinking, I know… orz

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