Memos from Mamemura: Weeks 14-15

It’s time for another installment of Memos from Mamemura! These past two weeks have been relatively uneventful, as I’ve been busy trying to spruce up my town to (somewhat) match the high standard of all the lovely villages I’ve seen shared on the internet. Of course, as always, I’ve been continuing to partake in a number of Animal Crossing: New Leaf‘s more leisurely activities… 

Fishing and bug catching remain some of the best ways to make bells!

One of the things that continues to amaze me about Animal Crossing: New Leaf is the sheer amount of content – and not just in the number of ways you can customize your town or number of items you can collect. The villagers have a huge range of conversation topics, and I’m still finding myself surprised by new in-game events. This time, Bunjirou (Lobo) asked me if I’d accompany him to Layla’s house. What could that be about?

Follow the leader!

Apparently Layla invited Bunjirou over but he didn’t want to go by himself! It turns out he left his wallpaper at her place (I imagine that would be a rather difficult thing to do…). I’m not sure if this is a new feature to Animal Crossing: New Leaf or not, but I’ve never had a villager ask me to come with them to another villager’s house for an errand before.

March 3rd was a Japanese holiday known as Hina Matsuri, or “Girls’ Day.” Shizue greeted me decked out in the adorable kimono pictured above in honor of the event.

As with all “minor” holidays, there was a themed board to take photos with, but I couldn’t really get a good shot because a. I didn’t have a partner (preferably male, as it’s traditional to have one man and one woman in these arrangements) and b. I still hadn’t realized that you can press the A button to take a proper photo with these things! I can’t believe I’ve been playing for months but I still hadn’t realized that! Here’s what it looks like when you take a picture after pressing A at one of these signs:

Ah, so much better! I’m pretty embarrassed that I only just figured this out, but I’m happy that I did.

I was surprised to receive a mannequin from Asami (Sable) one day after I stopped by for a chat. I’ll have to set it up in my house one of these days…

But by far the biggest event of the past two weeks was my recent trip to an amazing Alice in Wonderland-themed village! I have a ton of screenshots, so I’ll try to keep the descriptions to a minimum, but be sure to keep an eye out for all the amazing little details the creator put into making it:

Dream Code 3300-0238-8542 for those who have the Japanese game and
want to visit!

All of the items I’m seen wearing in the above screenshot were picked up in the town, but since I went there in a dream I wasn’t able to take any of them back. My Designs can be saved and brought back with you, thought, so I made sure to grab the cute White Rabbit-inspired coat I’m wearing.

After 100 people visit your town, you can upgrade your train station! I don’t know if I’ll ever unlock that feature in my own town, though…

What kind of house is this? Looks a little scary… 

Eek! Creepy stuff! Not sure what this has to do with Alice in Wonderland, but it’s great. The little wolf head in the bottom left corner is actually the resident of the house.

Boil, boil, toil and trouble!
… and a graveyard in the basement, with dog house and all! 

Such meticulous gardening! Anyone’s who’s played an Animal Crossing game knows how time-consuming planting flowers and placing paths can be.
Oh, what’s this? It looks like the high court! 

And a church, complete with gorgeous stained glass! The one on the far right was definitely customized with a user-created design, but I’m not sure about the others. 
Blushing bride!

This mad tea party room was by far my favorite. Everything works so well together! I’m constantly impressed by the creativity exhibited by other Animal Crossing: New Leaf players.

Oh, and last but not least… Guess who I saw?

Mr. Resetti didn’t stop by to yell at me for not saving my game, but to thank me for building him a Reset Center. He certainly wasn’t his normal angry self! (I actually hadn’t had an encounter with Resetti in Animal Crossing: New Leaf prior to this)

Well, that’s all for this installment! As always, feel free to ask any questions about the game in the comments, and look forward for an update within a fortnight!

About Anne Lee

Also known as apricotsushi. Anne can be written with the kanji for apricot (杏), and sushi was the most quintessentially Japanese thing I could think of when I was 13, resulting in my goofy, albeit memorable, nickname.