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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. ^-^


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(Please note that I'm currently NOT available for additional translation requests. Sorry!)
Current Mood: contentcontent
21 October 2016 @ 10:06 pm
I bought geta for my Halloween cosplay~! My old ones are falling apart after five years, they´re clearly a women's design (I got them for Yukina originally), so I'd been thinking of getting new ones for this cosplay whenever I'd have the chance to wear it again. (Besides, in the Netherlands people won't know or care about the difference between men's and women's geta, so I felt like I could get away with it, but in Japan it probably wouldn't fly... at least not in my own conscience! xD)

Somehow fate didn't want me to buy geta for the longest time though, because my two attempts at ordering some on Amazon both failed... ^^; The first time, a few weeks ago, I ordered some that first said "will be shipped within 1~2 days", so I was like "great!", but about a week after the order, they still hadn't arrived, and then I got an e-mail saying that the item is currently out of stock, and we'll e-mail you when it's in stock again (But no indication of how long that might take... ^^;) So I cancelled that and went for some other, similar ones, which said "shipped within 3~4 days"... But then I went to the order page, where it said "You'll receive your order on October 30th". =___= Well, that's when I need them. So I didn't order those...

So I figured the fastest and most reliable way was to just buy some in person somewhere. There's this cool kimono shop between Okachimachi and Ueno that I've walked past on my lunch break a couple of times, and I saw that they had geta as well. But it's not always opened, and it's this tiny shop where the shopkeeper immediately starts talking to you when you enter, so I never had a good look around to see if they had the type I wanted. But today I went there with a clear purpose, so I just walked in and asked for what I was looking for, which is rectangular "nimaiba" geta, but in women's size.

Those rectangular geta with two supporting ´teeth´ are usually only sold in men's sizes (with women's geta generally being rounded, with a large flat 'heel', more like western sandals). And even though it's for crossplay, it would look ridiculous if someone with feet my size would wear actual men's geta (they would be way too big, too wide especially), so I figured that women's or unisex geta shaped like men's ones would be the next best thing. So the shop lady spent quite a long time digging for some that fit my requirements. She didn't even know whether she had any at first! ^^;

But in the end she found two pairs! One with a blue/green strap with a geometrical design, and one with a pink and red strap with a flower design. After trying them on, the latter fit me the best, and I was already thinking of choosing a flowery design (cause it's Natsume xD) and the red would match his flowery yukata too, so I got them~

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Next Tuesday I'll probably learn that they look totally different in the anime (along with his entire outfit, probably...), buuuut... Oh well. In the manga they're just plain white, so I'd say the colors and design are open for interpretation 8D

Now I just have to learn how to walk in them... ^^; I tried them on for a bit longer, but I keep feeling like I'm about to tumble forwards when I try to walk. It's probably one of those things you just have to get used to, like ice skating or riding a bicycle, but I don't really have the time to practice >www< Maybe I'll just wear them to the local store next time I do my groceries or something =P

Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
17 October 2016 @ 09:28 pm
So it's been three years since the previous Tenipuri Festa... And I'm lucky enough to be in Japan to have experienced both! The 2013 one just happened to be while I was studing abroad, and they were nice enough to wait with having another one until I got back (Yeah, right xD )

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View from our seats... Not bad, not bad at all! Especially compared to our side seats last time. We were on the second balcony, so we weren't all that CLOSE to the stage in terms of distance, but being right in the middle of one of the first rows on the balcony meant having a nice overview of the entire stage. =D

I don't remember how many actors there were at the previous one, but this show felt a little lacking in that aspect. The only teams represented were Seigaku, Hyoutei, Rikkai, Higa and Shitenhouji (And three random Shin Tenipuri guys), so no Fudomine, St. Rudolph, Yamabuki or Rokkaku... U_U And all of the teams had members missing too, I think. Seigaku was only 6 people, at least. So that was a little lonely. =(

One person I have to comment on is Minagawa Junko, she looked so cute! I don't know if she cut her hair specially for this show or not, but she had the same haircut as Ryoma =O (Though it was brown-ish, so maybe it was more like Yun from Akayona, lol) I've only ever seen her with really long hair (like, ponytail long), so at first I was like "Who's that?" until she started singing. =O

The actors that were there, did their best to make it into an awesome show! At first they seemed to be having some issues with the sound and microphones, but after they adjusted it, everyone sounded great! =D

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Current Mood: workingworking
15 October 2016 @ 10:08 am
...And it takes up way more space than I was hoping it would. Oh well... ^^; As long as you can still see the floor, it should be fine. xD I also got storage boxes~  I just put them where my suitcase already was, so at least those don't take up any extra floor space. I guess that tower of boxes will function as my makeshift closet for now. Thanks to my awesome friends for giving their stuff away ^o^

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There's probably a better way to arrange all this stuff... But I'm too tired to think about that right now. OTL I already re-organized all my cosplay stuff this morning (and almost got a 10+kg box with some costumes in it dropped on my head when one of my tension rod shelves gave in... Oops ^^; But at least nothing broke cause it just had clothes inside... ^^; )

And I also changed a lamp that'd broken a few days ago... At first I was like "How am I gonna replace this...?" since it was the lamp in the little entrance hall, where the ceiling is ridiculously high, and I don't have a step ladder. It took me way too long to realize that I do have a ladder right in my room. ^^;; So I just moved that into the hallway, leaning it against the wall, and climbed up four steps to reach the lamp ^-^  I'm glad the ladder of my bed is easily detachable, not stuck to it with screws or anything.

Though that did make me worry sometimes, what if there's an earthquake at night, and the ladder falls over, and I get stuck on top of my bed? But that problem is solved now too! My new desk and chairs are the perfect 'emergency stairs' to get off my bed in case I can't use the ladder. I tried it immediately yesterday, and it was really easy =D Yay for having long legs xD
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
13 October 2016 @ 09:00 pm
I got some pictures from the Tenipuri karaoke party from my friends~! So I'll steal them post a few here for posterity. xD Mostly the normal ones though, because... what happens at cosplay karaoke, stays at cosplay karaoke...? Or something like that? I dunno =P


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Katsu no wa Hyoutei~

I didn't even sing that song this time though, because there was no Yuushi. D=

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Current Mood: coldcold
12 October 2016 @ 10:56 pm
OMG, so it looks like the next episode of Natsume Yuujinchou is gonna get into the shiki!Natsume story! I squealed so loud when both Natori and Matoba were in the preview. <3 <3 <3

And this couldn't be more timely, if I'm gonna be cosplaying it again at Halloween. I'm sure this story will be a two-parter at least (wasn't it three chapters in the manga?), so if it airs over the course of the next two weeks, the Halloween event in Ikebukuro will be the very next weekend after it finishes!

...Yeah, a few days ago I decided to participate in that event again. ^^; I didn't have any cosplay plans for the rest of the month, but I did bring the costume with me all the way from the Netherlands last year, because I was planning a photoshoot with some friends. But that shoot still hasn't happened, and I'm not sure if it ever will at this point... ^^; So I started thinking about other opportunities to wear this cosplay at... And then I remembered about the Halloween cosplay event in Ikebukuro last year, and about how I saw some other Natsume cosplayers there... It's interesting how I never see any Natsume Yuujinchou cosplayers at 'general' events like Comiket or Super Comic City, but somehow they all seem to come out from wherever they're hiding during Halloween. xD

So... why the heck not!? IF I'm ever going to wear it again, then this is probably the best opportunity I'm gonna get. =D I'm really hoping that I'll run into a Matoba at least, that would be so epic >w<

Anyways, this episode was adorable too! The only thing that bothered me was that the girl who gave Nishimura the umbrella looked exactly like Ogata, a girl whose family Natsume lived with when he was in middle school. So I was like "Wait... what??" Turns out she was completely unrelated though, just a too-similar design... ^^; And I don't remember any girl giving Nishimura an umbrella in the manga, I wonder if she was added for some reason...?

Another thing I noticed was the new music! Only one new track, and I only noticed it that it was a new one after a few minutes. ^^; But that must be because it blended in so well with all the other music, and it fit the scene with the cute youkai girl hiding in Natsume's closet so well. It was really nice though, so here's hoping there'll be a new soundtrack CD for this season eventually! >w<

...I should go to bed. OTL
Current Mood: bouncybouncy
07 October 2016 @ 08:16 pm
I realized I usually write about my first impressions of new anime I started, but I rarely get around to writing about them again once I've finished them. ^^; That's probably because my impressions usually don't change very much, I tend to only pick shows of which I"m sure I'll find something in them to like. So as long as there's no shocking plot twists or changes in tone, then I guess there's not much to say. But I'll try writing something about them anyways. xD

Amanchu - Really cute from beginning to end! It totally kept up the same relaxing atmosphere as the Aria series, and even got some similar cat (?) mascot characters. The only thing that got a little annoying were the overdone yuri hints (can't girls just be friends sharing the same hobby without all being portrayed as lesbians?) , and I wish there'd been a bit more actual diving in this. It was a bit of a let-down that they only actually dived in the ocean in the last episode. ^^; But I can say I enjoyed every episode regardless, so definitely not a waste of time.

Battery - Um... Plot? What plot? I feel like this ended before it managed to introduce any story whatsoever. I don't like it when sports anime feature matches dragged out over multiple episodes, but this one could've used a little more actual baseball. Like, you know, the team participating in any actual tournaments, or even, the team getting together and becoming an actual "team", which Battery didn't even seem to accomplish. (I still have no idea who any of the other members of the team are, besides the pitcher and catcher ^^;;; ) It seems more like a melodrama than a "sports anime". While I do like some good character-focused series, I don't even feel like the characters really developed in this. Not sure what the point of this was. ^^;

Handa-kun - Another show I was probably better off without. ^^; I was already a bit disappointed after the first episode, but it only got worse and worse. I'm not even sure why I finished it. If the first episodes already fail at keeping one joke funny (hey, look at this neurotic high-schooler who thinks everyone hates him, even though he's actually really popular!), there's no way it can stay funny for a whole season. There's absolutely nothing of what made Barakamon good to be found in this show... =_=;

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Note for next season... Pick fewer shows, and make sure they're all good from the get-go! >w<

Current Mood: boredbored
01 October 2016 @ 07:07 pm
So I saw the first episode of Natsume Yuujinchou Go... >w<

And I could see it really well! Apparently the ticket I got was for a seat right in the middle front block, really close to the stage and screen! The venue was a lot bigger than I expected. During the event it was mentioned that over 1000 people would be seeing the episode today, and there were two screenings, which means there must have been at least 500 people in the room. There was great variety of people too, not just young women, but also many older women (maybe the majority, even ^^;), and men of all ages too. =O I was at the first screening of the day, meaning that I was amongst the very first people ever who got to see the new episode!  ^o^

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View from my seat... Not bad, huh? =3

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Anyways... Now begins the long, long wait of 10 days until episode 2 airs...! (Though I'll probably still re-watch episode 1 when it officially comes out. =P )

Current Mood: touchedtouched
30 September 2016 @ 08:06 pm
September 25th, 21:30
(Yes, I wrote my notes for this day while I was on the plane home... ^^;)

On this last day I got up at 6 to pack my luggage (well, my one bag...) and get breakfast at 6:30. I'm so thankful the old lady at the ryokan was willing to get up early too and make me breakfast at that time! I think she was running the whole inn by herself, since while I did see two or three other guests during my stay, I never saw any other staff. So she must do all the cooking, cleaning and other work by herself (unless she had some kitchen hands hidden away somewhere, but I sure didn't see or hear any...)

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Breakfast~ =3

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Current Mood: excitedexcited
29 September 2016 @ 08:27 pm
September 24th, 18:40

Today I took the train at the same time as yesterday, but I got off after just a few stops, at Naraguchi, to visit the nearby rice terraces.

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Walking to Yoshio station, just around the corner...

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Current Mood: nostalgicnostalgic
28 September 2016 @ 10:30 pm
Giant post is giant. Sorry. ^^;

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Lots of pretty landscapes ahead...

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Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Phew, finally some time to write out the travel notes I took every evening during my trip, and look at the photos~

After getting back, I found an e-mail saying I had to translate about 70 pages of manga for my part time job within 24 hours, and of course I also had to go to my day job at the company (where apparently they just decided that I will be taking on a HUGE 1-year project next, and I have to start as soon as possible... ^^;;;) , so... I only got about 4 hours of sleep last night, after, trying to  deal with all of that... OTL

I've also been in a really weird mood ever since getting back from Kumamoto (or rather, since the morning of the last day of my trip). Weird as in, tears start coming out pretty much any time I see anything Natsume-related. I was re-reading volume 20 of the manga on the train this morning to prepare my heart for volume 21 coming out next week, and while the first chapter, where Natsume gets turned into a little kid, didn't touch me THAT much when I first read it, I almost found myself sobbing on the train and it was so embarrassing. ^^;;; And then at work, I noticed that a trailer for season 5 had been posted on ANN, so I checked it out and I had to go to the bathroom to wipe my tears afterwards... Not sure how I'm going to survive the pre-screening event on Saturday (finally received my ticket, yay!), and the whole 5th season! TT_TT

Anywaaaaays... Travel notes! I brought a little notebook with me, and wrote some things in it every evening, so I'm just gonna type it out now as-is... but I'll probably end up adding to it as I go, while looking at the photos and recalling all the details.  And expect lots and lots of photos, 'cause I just can't choose which ones to post! ^^;;;


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Current Mood: weirdweird
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<
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