I might just be in a bad mood idk
also I’m getting real tired of otaku culture in general like the more time I spend with weebs the more disgusted I become with all the anime fandoms and the prevailing negative attitudes about other people and the gross sexual undertones to like almost everything. some anime is still really good of course but I’d rather just watch the good ones and not interact with the weird subculture as much.
Basilica of San Vitale - Ravenna (Italy)
The Church of San Vitale, the masterpiece of Byzantine art in Ravenna. Construction began in 526 by Bishop Ecclesius under the Ostrogothic queen Amalasuntha (d. 535) and was consecrated in 547 during the reign of the emperor Justinian. This octagonal church, built of marble and capped by a lofty terra-cotta dome, is one of the most important surviving examples of Byzantine architecture and mosaic work.
virtual tour here
I’m gonna look up the meanings of all the characters’ names in madoka magica. I don’t actually know japanese so there are rough translations, here we go.
Madoka Kaname “Vital Point of the Circle” - The Japanese name Madoka may be written with the character for “yen; circle; round”. Other possibilities include “circle; yen; round” (mado) and “incense; smell; perfume” (ka). Kaname may be written with the Japanese character meaning “pivot; vital point; essence”.
Homura Akemi “Bright, Beautiful Flame” - Homura is the Japanese word for “flame,” and is not typically used as a name. The Japanese name Akemi may be written with the characters for “bright” or “red” (ake) and “beauty; beautiful” (mi), among other possibilities.
Sayaka Miki “Beautiful Story of the Arrow of the Sand(?)” - Various combinations of characters occur to write Sayaka, including “sand” (sa), “arrow; dart” (ya) and “excellent; beautiful; good; pleasing; skilled” ka”; or “gauze; gossamer” (sa), “dart; arrow” (ya) and “incense; smell; perfume” (ka). The Japanese female name Miki may be written with the characters for “beauty; beautiful” (mi) and “chronicle; narrative; account” (ki). Other possibilities include “truth; reality” (mi) and “hope; pray” (ki), as well as “beautiful” (mi) and “timber trees; wood” (ki).
Mami Tomoe “Graceful Friend of the Pearl” - Mami is the Japanese word for “pearl.” The Japanese name Tomoe may be written with the characters for “friend” (tomo) and “favor; blessing; grace” (e). Other possibilities include “friend” (tomo) and “creek; inlet; bay” (e), as well as “know; wisdom” (tomo) and “eternity; long; lengthy” (e).
A famous historical bearer of the name is Tomoe Gozen (1161?–1184?). Lady Tomoe is a legendary character as she was one of the few examples of a true female warrior samurai in all of Japanese history.
Kyouko Sakura “Respectful Child of the Cherry Blossoms” - The Japanese name Kyouko may be written with the characters for “respect; reverent” or “capital” for ‘kyou’ and “child” (ko). Sakura is the Japanese word for “cherry blossom” and is a popular name in Japan.
Nagisa Momoe “One Hundred Bays Along the Seashore(?)” - Nagisa is the Japanese word for “seashore.” The Japanese name Momoe may be written with the characters for “peach” (momo) and “branch; bough” (e). Other possibilities include “one hundred” (momo) and “blessing; favor” or “inlet; bay” for ‘e’.