The Weekly Hufflepuff #56 | Beautiful Library, Art and ‘Cool Japan’

Don’t mind me I’m just freaking out over the fact that I only have one week of vacation left and I still have so much I need to do before school starts hahaha

Last week I said that I found Six of Crows a bit slow – probably because I’ve been reading a lot of contemporary lately and thus had to get used to that fantasy pace, but I ended up really loving it and already started on Crooked Kingdom, which I’m using for the Grind side quest for The Reading Quest. So far I’m at 40 EXP and 83 HP.

I also read the latest Lumberjanes and Hi-Fi Fight Club issue 1, but since it’s only the first issue I can’t say much about it yet, apart from the fact that I really love the art.


On Tuesday my mom and I went to the Rijksmuseum, because we both hadn’t really been in a while (apart from two temporary exhibitions back in May). We only had a few hours and the museum is huge, so we definitely need to go again at some point, but at least I finally saw the library!

You’re not allowed to take pictures downstairs, so I had to settle for this

You are however allowed to take pictures upstairs


Honestly pictures can’t do it justice. If you’re planning on going to Amsterdam and Rijksmuseum, I definitely recommend checking out their library

On Wednesday we went to the city center to do some necessary shopping and get ice cream at Van der Linde – if you’re ever in Amsterdam, get ice cream at Van der Linde. In my opinion it’s the best ice cream in the city.

On Thursday (I need to start these paragraphs differently rip) we finally went to the ‘Cool Japan’ exhibition at Museum Volkenkunde, which was a lot of fun. I had never been to this museum before, as it’s in Leiden (not that it’s that far from Amsterdam, I’ve just never been) so we did take a look around the museum a bit, especially since before you get to the ‘Cool Japan’ exhibition (which is temporary) there’s an exhibition on Indonesia as well. Since we’re Indonesian we had to check it out. We’re thinking of going back and bringing my grandfather with us.

Anyway, the Cool Japan exhibition was about both the hystory, myths (specifically yokai), more traditional art and of course manga, street fashion, music, etc. While the entire exhibition was interesting and fun, my favourite (and my mom’s) was the final room where they had built a small arcade. You could also read manga, there was a big screen showing some music videos and there were a few cosplays on display. Oh and there was a little bit about fan culture back in the old day which was really cool to see.

The robot (called Pepper I believe?) was so cute! Except then it was like ‘Do you want to talk? Come closer if you dare’ Is that a threat Pepper??

I used to play fighting games like Street Fighter and Tekken all the time, but on one of those arcade machines is a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT STORY I SUCKED (though I did win one round I’m 99% sure that was dumb luck)

The biggest reason the last room was my favourite – THIS GAME WAS SO MUCH FUN AND SO ADDICTING I WANT ONE OF THESE IN MY HOUSE

I also had to work and will have to work quite a bit the coming week (haha there goes my last week of freedom) While I did do some fun things, I unfortunately also struggled with my mental health this week, though I’m feeling a lot better again today.

πŸ’›Β I talked about characters that get a lot of hate, but I would definitely fight you for
πŸ’›Β I turned some art into memes for this month’s Artsy Hufflehoe
πŸ’›Β I reviewed It’s Not Like It’s a Secret and spoiler: I have a lot of mixed feelingsΒ 

I was really bad at keeping up with posts this week, so basically I spent hours today catching up (I still have a few left to read but oh well) Really hope this is not foreshadowing for when school starts again

πŸ’›Β May talks about how to deal with bookish disappointments
πŸ’›Β Lia did The Book Aesthetics tag and her aesthetics are beautiful
πŸ’›Β Jasmine talks about her trip to Liverpool
πŸ’›Β Lauren talks about characters she wishes were her friends
πŸ’›Β Dev talks about why we need more shows like Brooklyn Nine Nine
πŸ’›Β Hannah talks about recent YA cover makeoversΒ 
πŸ’›Β Mikaela talks about book-to-movie adaptations
πŸ’›Β CW has some book recs for invisible narratives in historical fiction
πŸ’›Β Lauren talks about comics and graphic novels for beginnersΒ 
πŸ’›Β Em explored London

And that’s a wrap! What have you been up to? Been to any cool exhibitions lately? Let me know in the comments!

30 thoughts on “The Weekly Hufflepuff #56 | Beautiful Library, Art and ‘Cool Japan’

  1. Cool Japan looks so cool! I still have to go there eventhough I live in Leiden :’) Sad but true xD Enjoy the rest of your last week of peace and quiet :) You’ll be fine!

  2. Thank you for sharing my post!
    Oh, and that library in the Rijksmuseum looks amazing. I’ve been wanting to go to Amsterdam for a while now and I guess I’ve found myself another reason to go soon! πŸ˜„

  3. OMG YOU LOOK LIKE YOU’RE HAVING SO MUCH FUN PLAYING THOSE DRUM THINGYS. πŸ˜‚πŸ‘Œ Omgggg ALL THOSE BOOKS. And wow you visit a lot of museums. πŸ˜‚ I’m so glad you liked Six of Crows! Crookes Kingdom will ruin you. 😭 I’m sorry to hear about your mental health — we’re here for you if you need it, Michelle. ❀ Thanks for linking to my post!

      Haha I do! I love museums and I have a museumcard, which means I have free access to a lot of museums 😊
      Ahhh no someone else said that too, I’m really scared to continue Crooked Kingdom now πŸ˜­πŸ˜‚ Thank you May ❀ And you’re welcome!

  4. THAT LIBRARY THOUGH. Omg. Michelle. Pack me in your bag the next time you go pleeeeeease??! xD Your trip looked like so much fun!! Those drums omg. I want them toooooo. And YAY the cold is gone, finally! <3 I'm so sorry to hear about your mental health, though, sending you tons of love and I'm always here for you and with chocolate!! (Virtual chocolate?) OH and I'm glad you're enjoyed Six of Crows!! Those books are SO GOOD but also CK is HEARTBREAKING. But also mind-numbingly awesome. :D

    • RIGHT?! Haha will do :P Omg if you ever get the chance to play that game TAKE IT IT’S SO MUCH FUN
      Thank you Analee ❀
      Ahhh everyone’s telling me that CK is heartbreaking I’m so scared to continue on πŸ˜‚

  5. That library looked AMAZING😍 And Cool Japan would be heaven for my brother!πŸ˜‚
    I’m in my last full week of the summer holidays as well….whyyyy😭😭
    And yayyy you mentioned my post!! Thank you!!β€πŸ˜„

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