Hanyu Yuzuru and the Tōhoku Earthquake

Today marks the seventh anniversary of the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami that affected people all across Japan. Since I woke up this morning, it’s been on my mind.

What I didn’t know until reading some articles this morning was that Hanyu Yuzuru, two-time Olympic gold medalist and Japan’s first gold medalist in men’s solo figure skating, is from one of the areas most affected by the earthquake. It piqued my interest and inspired me to look for some more information about him. It brought me to the above video from 2014, which is part solo performance from Hanyu, part documentary where he recounts what the day was like, how it impacted his performance, and how it brought him to where he is today.

I felt for him in listening to his talk of the earthquake and the pressure he felt in unwittingly representing his hometown. It’s a difficult watch at times – his meeting with the elderly man and woman in the second half is not easy to stomach – but I’m glad I gave it a shot. I’m sharing in the hopes that you might give it a shot, too.

Soul Eater, vol. 8

9780316071123_manga-Soul-Eater-Graphic-Novel-8.jpgThis is another mellow volume of Soul Eater. There are no highs as high as volume 6, but there were some shocking revelations in these chapters.

First off, something I forgot to mention in my blurb for the last volume: apparently Mifune, one of the guys Black Star battles in the first volume, is working for Arachne. He chose to help her to guarantee the safety of Angela, the prepubescent witch he’s protecting. The last chapter of volume 7 drops this bombshell, and in this volume you get some of his backstory. Mifune was hired by a family of gangsters to kill Angela, as she was considered an enemy. Mifune’s love for children convinced him to break off the deal and protect Angela instead. Continue reading

Rainy Mondays, vol. 6 – “Light House”

Welcome back!

In Virginia, the winter has been getting steadily less bitter. Through all the talk of blizzards that engulfed the Northeastern US last week, my area unfortunately did not receive much in the way of snow. We got the short end of the stick, instead being subjected to single-digit temperatures, freezing rain, and excessive salt dumps on our roads. It’s got all of the treachery associated with winter without any of the visual splendor. Though winter is my favorite season, I’ve had a hard time dealing with this intensity of cold. That winter has been dialing it back a bit has been refreshing. Continue reading


Welcome to Dreamland Drifter, my blog! My name is Cameron. I am 25 years old and live in Virginia.

For a long time, I’ve wanted to run a blog, but for whatever reason, I never got far along in my plans. I could keep a blog updated semi-regularly for a month or two before moving away from it. This year, I thought, “why not?” and decided to register for a domain name.

I currently don’t know what type of content I will curate on this blog. I hope that it can be a mix of personal entries mixed with some thoughts on media I’m interacting with, plus a look into some of my own creative projects. I hope you look forward to checking it out as much as I do sharing it with you.

Stay tuned!