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01 January 2013 @ 01:14 pm
Welcome to my journal! Entries which are about fandom stuff only, like cosplay, convention reports or random thoughts about anime, manga, games, and Japan stuff are public, but personal entries are friends-locked. Not really because I have anything to hide, but more because I think people who come here for the fandom stuff aren't interested in reading about my boring life. X'D

I don't really have a friending policy or anything like that, because "friends don't need qualifications!"  =D  But if we've never really talked before and you want to be my friend, please comment here or send me a message saying who you are and why you're interested. Then I'll very likely add you back. ^-^


=> For seeing some of my cosplay, you can go to my Cosplay.com account.
=> For my Hunter x Hunter drama cd and lyric translations, please refer to my translations masterpost.
(Please note that I'm currently NOT available for additional translation requests. Sorry!)
Current Mood: contentcontent
22 September 2016 @ 07:34 am
Looks like I'm not traveling alone after all... This mini-Nyanko will protect me XD

Current Location: Haneda Airport
Current Mood: awakeawake
19 September 2016 @ 09:16 pm
Today was the Hunter x Hunter Only event! I'm still a little sad I couldn't make it last year, so I'm really glad I could go! Not having heard back from the people I was originally gonna go with, I ended up going with my former co-worker, who cosplayed Neon when I went as Kurapika two years ago. ^o^  Though she had to leave again really soon, so she couldn't cosplay with me this time. But it was still nice not having to go in completely alone.

And my new blue contacts did arrive in time! I'm so glad they deliver mail on weekends in Japan, because they arrived on Sunday! Just in time for the event!

The cosplay changing room was supposed to open by 11:30, before the event opened at 12, but when we arrived just before 12, the line still wasn't moving... I'm not sure what the holdup was, but in the end I could only go in at about 12:45 =___=;  Once I was in, it only took about 10 minutes for me to  get ready (I could've done that right there in the hallway and be done much faster, since all I needed to do was change my upper shirt and shoes, and put on my wig... But ugh, rules say you HAVE to register as a participating cosplayer and change in the changing rooms, even if you don't really need them... ) By that time, the non-cosplay visitors had already gone in, so I was afraid that some of the stuff I needed to buy for my friends would be sold out already by the time I finished changing. But since my friend wasn't cosplaying, I sent her to get some stuff for me in advance, which was really nice of her. And it was good that I did, because some things (like Horiwan's keychains) were indeed sold out by the time I arrived at the booths myself >w<

After that, we went around the room together and I got the rest of my shopping done, and after my friend left I mostly hung out in the cosplay area, talking to other cosplayers and taking their pictures. ^o^

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Giant poster at the entrance... I love the cute chibi art they use for these! ^o^

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Current Mood: tiredtired
17 September 2016 @ 05:10 pm
Saturday - In the morning I plan to visit the Matsutani rice terraces. It's not a specific location from any Natsume Yuujinchou episode, but the scenery here appears a lot in background art and eyecatch images. It's also somewhat of a famous tourist attraction, so nobody will look at me too strangely for wanting to go there. xD And I can walk there from Naraguchi station, which is only a 20 minute train ride from Yoshio, where I'm staying. I'll have to walk 30 minutes to the next station to move on in the afternoon though, because apparently not many trains stop at Naraguchi itself. ^^; Though it looks like it'll be a nice walk, along the river. =3

In the afternoon I'll take the Hisatsu line down south to Ookoba, which has few locations of interest all gathered together, like the other station from "Kokoroiro no kippu", the shrine where Natsume plays the shadow stepping game in the last episode of San ("Natsume Yuugi-chou"), and the sacred rock from the Kogitsune episode, where you apparently have a really nice view. The train ride to Okoba station is apparently an attraction in and of itself too, providing some spectacular views from the rail bridges, too.

Sunday - Ichifusa dam! I did some more research, and apparently there's this hiking trail called the "Kyushu Nature trail" that goes by Ichifusa lake. So I'll just have to find the way onto the trail from Yunomae station (I'm counting on you, Google maps...!!) , and then I can just follow it.

I'll have to get up ridiculously early to get to the dam and back AND make it to the airport in time for my flight back to Tokyo though. ^^;; I have to catch the train from Yunomae at 13:30. (15:30 is also an option, but then I'll only have 7 minutes to catch the very LAST bus to the airport at Kumamoto at 18:35, and I don't wanna risk that... ^^;;;; ) And it's about 3 hours to walk to the dam and back, and that would be without breaks. So in order to have a leisurely hike and get back on time, I'll have to leave my inn at either 6:20 or 7:20, so I can start hiking at 8 or 9 am. I thought of switching Saturday and Sunday plans, but since I want to see those two places on Saturday, it'd be really hard to piece together a train schedule that'll get me back in time. So I figured this would be the best order to do things.

That schedule is pretty packed though... But at least on the first, second and third days I should be back at the inn at around 5 or 6 PM, so I'll have plenty of time in the evenings to relax in the hot spring and have dinner at the inn. Not like there's anything else to do, either. xD I doubt there's internet, and I don't wanna carry my laptop there anyways... Maybe I'll bring a volume or two of the Natsume Yuujinchou manga to re-read, and definitely my mp3-player with the soundtrack and some drama cds on it (mainly to listen to during my flight, and the many and long train rides)

And yes, I ordered the food! I called the inn this morning to confirm my booking, and they said it was no problem if I came alone, and added the meals to my reservation. Apparently they'll serve breakfast and dinner at whatever time you want, so if I just let them know my plans every day, it should be okay. (The only iffy thing might be asking for breakfast before 7am on the last day... ^; ) And the lunches... At least in Hitoyoshi there's convenience stores, so I could get onigiri or bento there, and other than that, I should probably stock up on granola bars or some other non-perishable food that I can bring on my hikes. xD

Now all I'll have to do is pray that the weather will be good, and there won't be any typhoons, since my whole trip is based around hiking, pretty much. >wwwww<
Current Mood: busybusy
16 September 2016 @ 10:17 pm
Now I'm even more broke...

I ended up staying up until about 2am yesterday night, figuring out a flight and other stuff for Kumamoto... I knew I said I'd do it on the weekend, but I was just too anxious to wait anymore, and Thursday was the deadline I'd given my friend to reply to me. (A week before the planned departure... seems reasonable enough, right?) But I heard absolutely nothing, so I'd say it's fair game if I cancel her Ryokan reservation and book a flight for myself now...

So I did... It ended up being the exact same flights we were originally looking at together (I sure hope there's no double booking with my name now...) , except that in the three weeks I wasted waiting to hear from her, the prices had doubled O___O; I guess it makes sense, since a week beforehand is really short notice to book a flight, but still... it's kinda painful to think about how it costs more than half of a ticket to the Netherlands now. >___>

But I decided not to care and book anyways, because I've been wanting to go to Kumamoto for so long now, and I'm totally geared up to go! >w< It's a little scary going by myself, especially with how much planning there's involved this time, but I also see it as a test of self-reliance and independence - if I manage to make it there safely, see the things I want to see, and make it back by myself, I feel like I could go anywhere ^o^

Granted, I did go to London and Seoul by myself before, but I guess the big difference is that they had convenient public transport there, and stores and restaurants everywhere. Hitoyoshi doesn't have a whole lot, especially the station I'm staying at, there's literally nothing there except for the hot springs. =w=; And with trains only running every 2 or 3 hours (at most!) and buses more like 2 or 3 times per day, I'll have to plan everything down to the minute. (Missing a bus or train would mean losing the opportunity to visit the place I wanted to visit that day! >_<) Even the Kumamoto airport doesn't have a train station, I'll have to take the bus for an hour to Kumamoto Station, then the Kagoshima Line to Yatsushiro, and then the Hisatsu Line towards Hitoyoshi. (Getting off at Yoshio Station, at the hot springs inn)

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13 September 2016 @ 08:19 pm
I recently started watching this anime called "New Game" at a coworker's recommendation, because it's apparently an incredibly accurate representation of our workplace. So I checked it out, and... yeah, it really is! Other than that in the anime, all the game company's employees are all cute girls, while in reality it's at least 90% men... ^^;;;

But so many things are really familiar to me, like all the stages in the development of a game, lots of quirky people, the director being the most casual, lax person of all, despite being seen as the 'most important' by the fans... Finding people sleeping under their desks in sleeping bags in the morning, silly antics over the internal instant-messaging system, drawing emoticons on official documents, snacking at the office, and yeah, also dealing with the long hours and low pay. ("Full-time employment" is just a way to cut wages, because all overtime becomes unpaid... So true!) It's pretty cute, so if you're curious about what it's like to work for a Japanese game company, I can really recommend it!


I also finally watched the Doukyuusei movie. I sadly didn't have the chance to watch it in theaters when it came out earlier this year, but I'd seen lots of ads for it, so I've been wanting to see it ever since >w<

I really loved the unique animation and art style, especially the coloring! I don't know how to describe it exactly, but it just had this unique atmosphere about it, which really fit the laid-back pace of the story. It managed to cover over a year in the characters' lives just by stringing together a bunch of simple, everyday scenes, but it all fit together really naturally, without feeling rushed. I also loved the subdued realism of the story, without any over-the-top drama like a lot of BL stories tend to have. And it was nice just listening to Kamiya Hiroshi talking for an hour. =w= (And the other guy too... Don't really know him though ^^;) Definitely an hour well-spent!

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Current Mood: calmcalm
11 September 2016 @ 03:53 pm
Today it's too gloomy and rainy to go on a long walk, and most streets in the area are blocked because of some festival... ^^; So instead I'll post pictures from last week, when I walked to Togoshi Kouen. It's one of the stations on my commuter pass, so I figured if I got tired of walking I could always take the train back home, haha. But in the end I didn't, it was actually pretty close so it didn't take all that long to go there and back.

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Rather than a park, it was more like a miniature mountain landscape, with forested hills, waterfalls and a little lake. =O  In central Tokyo, they charge you money to even enter gardens like this (like Korakuen and such), but here it's all available for free >w<
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Current Mood: peacefulpeaceful
05 September 2016 @ 09:02 am

A lot on my mind this morning... So much that I had to make a list of everything I'll have to deal with this month. Though, most items on it depend on the cooperation of other people, so there isn't really anything I can work on by myself right now >_> So while this weekend itself was pretty relaxing, I didn't really get anything productive done...

I did find out that my camera's screen works again though, maybe because the moisture inside it has evaporated or something. =O (Yay, now I won't have to buy a new one, that's one thing less to worry about)  So I took some pictures around the neighborhood to test it~

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Lots of green little streets~

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Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
01 September 2016 @ 09:21 pm
I finally watched the new Akatsuki no Yona OVA, after finding it at a Book-off in Akihabara... Can't believe people are already selling it second-hand so soon... Good for me, though! So I stayed up way too late to do so, on a weeknight. Oops... ^^; But I don't feel as devastated as I thought I'd be, probably 'cause I knew exactly what was coming...  Though I still let out some tears near the end... Poor Zeno >w<

The highlight for me was probably the voice acting in this! We already got a brief glimpse of the original dragons on the Aokunaru Mori drama CD, but a full anime episode is really something else! It's so impressive how the seiyuu for the current dragons manage to play the originals as well, and sound like distinctively different characters as they do so, though the undertones still making it clear that they're very much related. =O
Well, except for Suwabe, who sounded pretty much like his usual self, only slurring his speech a little more as Shuten.  ^^; But Morita was almost unrecognizable as Guen, because he's so different from Kija. (He sounded more like that guy he plays in Arslan Senki) And Abi actually talks, so yeah... big difference there too. xD Even Zeno sounded different, a lot younger, which I'm impressed is even possible, but mad props to the voice actor there, for making him sound like the innocent, clueless young lad he used to be. The contrast makes the present Zeno sound so much wiser, lol.

And I loved how they used the bonus chapter from the end of the latest manga volume as a way to frame the story! It's not often you get to see something animated so soon after it's published (or rather, at the same time it's published!) I do think some of the emotional impact is lost with the flashback taken out of context like that, but I guess having it as Zeno's random drunk dream was the only way to make it work. =P  Though, I wonder, if the anime ever continues, are they going to leave it out of the scene where it originally took place? Or should we take it that there are no plans for an actual sequel...? T_T

Anyways, at least there'll be the second part to look forward to later this year! >w<
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
28 August 2016 @ 02:20 pm

Whew, yesterday's Oyama hike turned out to be way more epic than I'd intended... ^^; My friend cancelled last minute Friday night, but I decided to go anyways, because I haven't had much chance to exercise lately. The weather forecast predicted some rain, but seeing how that turned out last time, I decided to ignore it... I also decided to leave ridiculously early this time, since that's usually not something friends are willing to do. But that does mean you have more time to hike, without having to worry about making it back before dark, or before the last bus. (And more time to go to an onsen afterwards, and still be home at a decent time)

So I got up at 5, took the train at 6, then the bus from Hadano Station at 7:30, and started hiking at 8:00. I didn't ride the bus all the way to the end like I did with my friends last time, but started walking from the Minoge bus stop at the foot of the mountain. The bus actually takes a really long detour to the last stop, so it would've been another 30 minutes by bus for what's only a 1 hour hike. And the bus was really crowded and I didn't have a seat, so it seemed nicer to get off early,

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Setting off from Minoge...

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Current Mood: soresore
26 August 2016 @ 08:22 pm
This morning, after finally getting confirmation from my friend yesterday night, I managed to book an inn for our trip to Hitoyoshi, the world of Natsume Yuujinchou, next month!

I tried calling the one I'd been eyeing for a while, though I was kind of afraid that they wouldn't have any open rooms anymore since it's on such short notice (remember trying to book anything in Kyoto 2-3 months in advance... =_=; )... So I was prepared to find backups that might not be as nice... But when I called, they said they still had rooms! =D

I guess it's because it's REALLY deep into the countryside, and there isn't really anything to see except hot springs and nice scenery. Really nice scenery though (there's terraced rice fields! I've never seen those for real, even though they're like THE stereotypical symbol of Asian culture xD), but I guess it the scenery doesn't really have any special meaning if you're not into Natsume Yuujinchou... So maybe they don't get that much business there at all.

Though I'll be there RIGHT before the 5th season of the anime starts airing, so maybe I'll run into some advertising or merchandise at the train stations or in Hitoyoshi city itself... >w< But even if not, there's plenty of locations from the anime to visit right near where we're staying. I plan to use this blog and map as reference. =3

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Current Mood: excitedexcited
23 August 2016 @ 09:43 pm
I read it...! Pretty much entirely in one go ^^; So much for reading one chapter per day to savor it, it's just impossible with this kind of story arc! Every chapter just flows into the next, begging to be read >w< I'm really glad I waited for the volume release to come out, rather then trying to follow along weekly in the magazine, because that would have been torture! >w<

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Current Mood: impressedimpressed
21 August 2016 @ 11:37 am
So the fireworks festival yesterday wasn't cancelled! Yay! It was pretty much the perfect fireworks-watching experience, other than the rain. ^^;;; The forecast turned out to be totally off though! In the morning, it still said that it would be raining all day... So I got myself all drenched in the morning going grocery shopping, because I thought it wouldn't make a difference if I waited... But as soon as I got back, at about 11:30, it stopped raining and it suddenly got sunny! Then it stayed sunny, until about 5PM, just as I was meeting up with my friends at Todoroki Station (Three people showed up, yay!  Out of the 20+ I invited, but stilll... Yay! XD) There was a short shower, but it stopped again when we started walking towards the river.

The actual event is held at Futako-Tamagawa, but I figured it would be waaaaay too crowded at the station over there, as it is with any station near a festival. So instead I'd decided to walk 20 minutes from Todoroki (about 2 stations away?), to a park I had discovered during one of my walks along the river a few weeks ago. There are barely any trees or other obstacles there, so you can see all along the river to Futako Tamagawa, so I figured that we should still be able to see the fireworks, but while avoiding the worst crowds!

And I was right about that!! Even though people tend to 'reserve' spots for fireworks as early as they can by laying out sheets at midnight (and there are rules for how many centimeters your sheet can be per person... ^^; ), there was still plenty of space in this park, when we arrived there only about an hour before the show was supposed to start. There were a few groups dotted on the giant grassy field, but still plenty of space to choose from and lay out our sheet (that was way too big for 4 people, but nobody seemed to care. ^^;

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13 August 2016 @ 08:33 pm
Today I had an absolute blast working at my company's booth at Comiket! I wonder how my younger self would have reacted if they were told they'd be working at Comiket on the 'official' side of it one day! It always seemed like one of those unattainable dreams, like working in Japan at all, but now it's suddenly real! And it's not nearly as scary or difficult as it may seem. I'm basically just getting paid to stand around in cosplay while holding a signboard, or handing out flyers, calling out to people to get their attention, pointing people to the entrance, and saying 'thank you' if they take a flyer or buy something, and occasionally pose for pictures. (And make sure you don't hand any flyers to your own staff by mistake, because it becomes a reflex after a while to just stick one out whenever someone passes by... Apparently it happens, a lot... I only did it once though. >/////< )

Well, I did help a few lost foreign people too, and managed to get their attention by talking to them in English and telling them about our localized games, so I guess that was why the company wanted me there specifically. But it wasn't hard or stressful at all. Overall, everyone was just so nice! There was absolutely none of the scary stuff you might expect at a male-oriented booth like this, like stampedes for limited-edition goods, or people shoving cameras up your skirt or whatever. XP Everyone was really calm, friendly and agreeable, politely bowing, smiling, waving back when I waved at them, etc... It was just... a lot of fun!

Thankfully my blisters (mostly) healed on time, so I could wear the right shoes with my uniform all day =D Though I did take the precaution to wear other shoes to and from the venue, so I wouldn't have to walk around on them all day. Because standing still in them is fine, but walking still hurts my heel a litte... But apparently that's normal for loafers when you break them in, according to a Japanese friend. I feel sorry for Japanese schoolgirls...

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Me and R-ne, one of the main characters from our latest game! She was so cute! It was so cool to see a character which I've been looking at during work for months and months, come to life like this! I kinda wish I could have cosplayed from the same game, but they didn't have any more costumes for it made. u.u Maybe next time! >w< If only I had the money, I'd make it myself. OTL

Michiru was fun too though! I don't know how many people actually recognized me as the character, or noticed the small details I'd put in (Like the shark pouch, or the blue scrunchie around my wrist), most people just stopped and snapped quick pictures without really talking to me about the costume. (I think that's really a big downside of cosplaying female characters, most guys only take pictures because you're a girl, not because they care about the character...)  But the uniform is really representative of our biggest franchise overall, so that definitely got the attention of the passers-by! I went though my flyers so quickly, I had to keep running back into the booth to get more from the boxes there. =P I must have stood there for almost 6 hours, from 10am to 4pm, with only some short breaks, but it passed by in no time. >w<

Anyways, here's some more pictures~ Only from my phone, 'cause I didn't really have the time to bring out my camera and take proper photos. u_u  I hope I'll find some of the pictures people took online later >w<

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Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
12 August 2016 @ 09:34 pm
Yay, I safely made it though the first day of Comiket, with the only damage being a slight sunburn on my arms >w<  And we were only outside for maybe 20 minutes at most, AND I'd used sunscreen... That just proves how strong the sun was, I guess. Though it wasn't actually THAT hot, as long as you weren't out in the open sun. It was nice and windy in the shade. =3 So we pretty much hid in the shade of this little bush the entire time while we were outside. xD

But my feet held up okay. I put giant band aids over the blisters on my heels, and then covered my entire heels in tape to keep them in place. And it didn't hurt all day, wearing my tennis shoes =D I'm still scared for tomorrow though... Maybe I'll wear different shoes while going to the venue (So much walking! The entrance was at the back of the building, so you had to walk all around it >< ) and then change into my loafers there...

Anyways, pictures~

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Dirty pair! With a different Yuushi this time, but an awesome and cool Yuushi! =3

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