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willeke4439
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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=> For seeing some of my cosplay, you can go to my Cosplay.com account.
=> For my old Hunter x Hunter drama cd and lyric translations, please refer to my translations masterpost.
(Please note that I'm currently not available for translation requests)
=> For my Natsume Yuujinchou travel reports, please check out my travel report masterpost

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willeke4439
20 October 2019 @ 11:16 am
Even though last week was mostly a normal work week, other than the holiday on Monday, I still did a lot of random touristy stuff with my friends visiting, and ate some tasty stuff :3  Have some random pictures!




Before the typhoon last weekend I dropped by the Nakau on my way home for this tasty tantan-udon and gyuudon set :3 :3


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willeke4439
17 October 2019 @ 08:03 am
At first it looked like Monday was still going to have decent weather, but on Sunday night we noticed that the forecast had suddenly changed and now it was going to rain all day again, especially in the afternoon. We also couldn't find much concrete information about which mountains and hiking trails were still accessible, and which buses and trains were even operating. It actually looked like not a single mountain that I like to hike at was accessible ^^; The plan had been to hike about 2~3 hours to the Chigasaki falls in Hakone from Yumoto station and then go to Yunessun for the rest of the day, and while the latter was open, and Yumoto station WAS accessible, there were no buses in the whole area, which'd mean that a taxi would be the only option for going BACK (the road was still open for cars)... But we weren't even sure if the Yusaka hiking trail was accessible, so we decided it wasn't worth the risk.



So we quickly made a plan B of visiting Odawara Castle and another castle ruin site in the area, involving a nice one-hour walk up a hill with a great view.

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willeke4439
15 October 2019 @ 02:30 pm
The typhoon came and went without leaving any damage... at least in my area. We stayed in all day to watch anime, but in the end it just felt like a regular rainstorm. We kept waiting for the wind to pick up, but it never really came, and then everything calmed down on Saturday night. I'd been keeping an eye on the street to see if it wasn't flooding, because of the flood warnings that'd been issued, but the sewers and such seemed to be working perfectly fine, because there weren't even any puddles in the street ^^; Oh well, it seems like we're better off than pretty much the whole area AROUND Tokyo ^^;



Rain...

On Sunday morning we couldn't really go anywhere because all the trains were still stopped as a precaution while safety checks were carried out, so we walked to Senzokuike park. There had been an evacuation warning for the neighborhood around it, but the water level didn't seem to be any higher than usual, and there weren't any fallen trees or (big) branches, just a fresh carpet of fallen leaves.


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willeke4439
12 October 2019 @ 11:35 am
On Thursday evening I went to see the Mahoutsukai no Yome stage play! It started in Ikebukuro Owl Spot at 18:30, but since it's only 7 minutes away by train, I could still make it there easily if I left work at 18:00 ^^ There was a good reason why it started so early though - I think the story pretty much covered the ENTIRE anime so far O_O  The play was about two and a half hours long, and after that there was a 20-minute talkshow by some of the actors, so in the end I didn't get home until about 10PM.

This article has some photo impressions!

The story was presented like a big flashback - in the first scene Chise is just having tea at home with Silky, Ruth and Elias, and then some wind fairies visit and ask her to tell them about herself, and then she basically tells her whole life story to them. I'm not sure if the set-up worked though - I think it might've been better if they'd cut some of the early events. I understand that they showed how Chise met Elias and such, but I don't really think that ALL the scenes in between that and the events involving Cartaphilius, and Chise having that curse on her arm (which were the main focus of the story) were necessary. I felt like the story really only got going in the second half - the first half jumped between events so quickly that I couldn't really get immersed in the story, especially considering how long it's been since I saw the anime, so it took me a while to remember who all those characters were that suddenly appeared one after the other.

The presentation was gorgeous though! I loved the way Elias looked, he was really tall (especially compared to Chise) and his mask looked amazing! It was slightly see-through, so you could still see his mouth move when he talked, but the actor seemed to be wearing heavy make-up matching the colors of the mask underneath, so it looked incredibly real =O  Ruth was probably a bit more difficult to express, since he was in dog form for most of the play. The actor had this giant dog marionette strapped to his hips, which he controlled with his hands. At first it kinda looked like the guy was riding a dog, but because the actor was crouching or kneeling most of the time and matched the movements of the marionette perfectly (like the way he was facing - I loved how he kept his gaze focused upwards on Chise the whole time, like a loyal dog <3), it was easy to imagine that he IS the dog. The role must be so hard on his legs though O_O The dragon characters were expressed in a similar way, but with the actors wearing robes covering their faces so they didn't look as human. The rest of the "magic" was expressed really well with light and sound effects and music! The music sounded like it could've come straight from the anime, or maybe it actually WAS from the anime?

I don't think I know any of the actors in it from other plays, but they all did a fantastic job! I didn't notice any mistakes, at least! Except during the talkshow - I got Elias, Silky, King Oberon and Lindel, but their "talk" was a bit stilted and awkward, lol. It was nice touch seeing the human side of the actors though, considering how perfectly in character they were during the show. xD


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The typhoon is getting underway just about now, but there's not much going on, thankfully! We're holed up inside with enough food and water for at least a week (probably) but outside it's no different from a regular rain storm. I'm in an area that's slightly at risk of flooding (Up to 0.5m, apparently) but as of now the water seems to be draining properly, so the street isn't inundated or anything. I can't see anything outside with the shutter closed though (it's darker than it usually is at night inside, even though it's almost noon, and my friend is still snoozing xD) so I'm peeking out of the door once in a while to check for potential flooding. The wind hasn't really picked up (yet?) so far, and the forecast says the rain should be over by about midnight tonight, so it's looking like it might not be as bad as initially feared around here?  The nearest evacuation center (an elementary school) isn't on any higher ground than my house is, so I don't think there's much point in going there unless it really floods more than 0.5 meters - it seems safer to stay at home with all our supplies, and electricity and internet... I'm pretty sure it'll be fine!

It sounds like my neighbor is vacuuming and sweeping his floor, lol... I guess being in all day is a good excuse to do some deep cleaning. I actually already did that yesterday when I was let out of work early (got home at 4PM) but my friend was still out shopping with some other friends. :3  I also tied up my bike to the window guard with the lock and the elastic carrier strap from my old bike, so at least that won't go flying... 

 
 
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willeke4439
11 October 2019 @ 02:09 pm
  On Wednesday after getting back from the very awesome and refreshing Sazanka Onsen near Tokaidaigakumae, we headed over to Yokohama arena for the Tenimyu Undoukai 



Our seats were pretty decent, kinda high up but not all the way in the back either We were on the second row in our balcony, so we had a great view over the entire arena, and we were next to the aisle too!  For some reason the arena felt smaller than it does during Dream Live, though.

The games they played were pretty similar to what I've seen on the DVD from last time, but with even more crack, basically. They started out with warming up exercises, and it was so much fun to see everyone do them in character (or not do them xD) Some of the funniest characters to watch were Atobe, Jirou, Niou and Yagyuu, and Akutsu.

The three-legged and four-legged race was seriously impressive! Everyone on our side, the white team, was so good at it. They won all races! And I loved seeing some of the pairs they'd made, like Inui and Renji ;_; The other team failed because the characters kept falling or getting too distracted, like Koharu and Yuuji with Sanada in the middle, lol.

The next game was Dancing Tamaire, which is basically like normal Tamaire except timed on music like musical chairs - If the music played they had to get away from the basket and dance, and as soon as the music stopped they'd have to throw as many balls as possible into the basket. It was a good way to incorporate some music and singing into the undoukai, which otherwise doesn't have much in the way of that. We got Kin-chan and Ryoma singing Koitsu wo Taoshitai (I think?), Atobe's Ore-sama no Bigi ni Boogie Woogie", "Lucky Sengoku" and Bunta's "Take it Easy". It was hilarious watching the other characters dance to them. Of course the team whose song it was would actually dance part of the dance from the musical, while the other characters just improvised (or not... Come on, Tezuka!!)

 The obstacle course was all sorts of ridiculous, with so many characters cheating or making others do their tasks for them... I wonder how they calculated the points for that xD The cutest moment was probably when it was Tachibana's turn, and all of Fudomine ran (and hopped) alongside him, regardless of what team they were on <3

By way of an intermission there were some guests, members of the 9th (?) Seigaku cast... Though I wouldn't have recognized them if they hadn't introduced themselves. ^^; After a short talk segment they acted as judges for the cheerleading competition, which was more like a beatboxing and acrobatics competition =O These boys are so talented! Even some of the guys whose characters aren't really supposed to be acrobatic could flip all over the place =O =O

Up until this point the white team had won the most points, but then they utterly lost in the Tug-a-war competition. The red team had way too many heavy and buff characters in it, so the balance wasn't that great. Then the Seigaku guests team lost to them too. ^^;

The final relay race was dominated by the red team too, mostly because Bunta, the first runner, was incredibly fast O_O So once he'd gotten the lead, nobody could catch up with them anymore. Kenya didn't get to participate in it "because it would be unfair", but I can't help but wonder if it was 'cause they were afraid the actor wasn't as fast as the character is supposed to be xD

So despite the white team winning the most points in the early stages, the red team got five points more in the end, bumping the score up to 130 vs. 125 points for white... Five points!! That was so close X_X  Apparently the white team had lost the day before too, so that's kinda sad, but it was a close match this time!

After the "award ceremony" everybody sung a special medley of team songs, though I'm not sure if they were actually singing it live since the characters hadn't been wearing microphones? They had to walk up to a microphone stand if they wanted to say something... ^^; So the song probably played over the speakers and they just sung along with it without microphones. It was nice hearing all the team songs again though, and of course the "Fuwa Fuwa" song in the end... (I still don't know what the actual title of that is ^^;;;)  During the last song the actors ran through the entire arena, and we got Nitobe, Jirou and Hiyoshi coming right near our seats in the aisle ^o^

There had (sadly) been some empty seats in the arena, but it was still so crowded that we had to walk to Kikuna station to get on the train, 'cause Shin Yokohama would've been impossible to get into. It was fun walking there with the four of us while flailing about the show, though. It's so different from the usual Tenimyu, but so much fun ^o^ 

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willeke4439
10 October 2019 @ 07:59 pm
On Wednesday I had to take the day off to make it to Yokohama in time for the Tenimyu Undoukai, so Umi and I looked for a way to enjoy the last (free) day of good weather before the typhoon hits over the long weekend. We didn't want to stray THAT far from Yokohama though, so we decided to go over to Koboyama park in Hadano, about an hour away by train, to go on a short walk through Koboyama park and hit an onsen in the early afternoon.

I've done this walk about... 4 times now I think? And I still really recommend it for beginning hikers! You can get great views of both the city and the mountains without having to climb all that high, since the trail straddles the edge between the city and the Tanzawa mountain range. Even my friend who doesn't really hike at all said it was very doable. The total walking time is about 2 and a half hours, and we took about 4 hours while taking frequent breaks and then a long break at the top of Gongenyama to have lunch :3



View from Azumayama, the first "peak"... Sadly it got a bit more cloudy than we'd hoped, even though the weather forecast said it would be nothing but sunny all day. We started pretty late, only at about 10AM, so while it had been really clear in the morning, 10AM is usually when it starts getting too hazy to see far into the distance, even on an otherwise clear day >< Usually when I go hiking I plan to be at the SUMMIT of the mountain by about 10~11 AM, lol

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Anyway, typhoon times on Saturday... As of now it looks like Friday it'll just drizzle all day, but there won't be much wind yet. So much for work getting cancelled ><  Somehow the worst of a typhoon always comes on the weekend X_X  If it looks like we can't go out at all, we might just stay in with plenty of snacks and watch anime all day or something. (Already stocked up on emergency supplies ^^ ) Or if all the trains are cancelled preemptively but the weather doesn't seem that bad on Saturday morning, maybe we could walk or bike over to Jiyuugaoka and do karaoke for a few hours there or something, and go back before the worst hits...  Or maybe do exactly that on Sunday if the trains are knocked out for a whole day after the typhoon is over, like last time. Either way I'm sure we'll survive, somehow.  >w< .

 
 
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willeke4439
09 October 2019 @ 07:25 am
After dropping by the YYH store we checked out this not-so-small museum in Koganei. I can't believe I never knew about it despite having lived near Musashi-sakai for a year O_O It was so cool! And when we approached the park, we started hearing festival music... Turns out that there was a giant Tsukimi festival going on, and there were tons of food stalls outside of the museum, and a few inside... And entry to the museum was free!

Due to that it was a lot more crowded than it normally probably would be, but the lively atmosphere made it feel like literally stepping back in time, especially because a lot of people were also dressed up in traditional Japanese clothes =O Apparently volunteers were doing a thing where they dressed up visitors for free, and a lot of people were taking advantage of it. They offered it to us too, but it seemed like the waiting time was pretty long and we still wanted to see most of the museum, so we didn't do it. There were also various workshops going on in the historical buildings, like tea ceremonies and cooking on the Irori fireplace, showing how the rooms would have been used when people lived in them. It was really interesting >w<



Some of the buildings looked like they could be found in any countryside village or suburb even nowadays, though. Especially the bathhouse, there's a couple of those in my neighborhood.

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willeke4439
08 October 2019 @ 08:49 am
A while ago I saw that there would be a Yu Yu Hakusho pop-up store at the KInokuniya in Shibuya, so on Sunday morning we went to check it out. It was pretty small though, and they didn't have all that many items, and almost everything featured the same artwork.



The artwork was so cute though! I really don't need any more mugs, so I just got some acrylic stands, but even though I got 4 and there were 9 characters, I ended up getting Sensui and Itsuki twice... Only to have my random bonus postcards being Sensui and Itsuki too X'D  Guess those two just don't want to be separated ;_; I did get a cute pass case with all the chibi characters on it! 


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willeke4439
07 October 2019 @ 08:02 am
Saturday was the Tamagawa Fireworks festival! Looks like it's permanently moved to October now, since it kept getting cancelled due to bad weather in August. And the weather was pretty much perfect! It was sunny during the day, so we dropped by Todoroki valley on the way to the Tamagawa river. It was kinda humid there though, so while it was nice and cool in the shade, it felt kind of tropical!



There were also quite a lot of people there, including some wearing yukata, so it seems like more people had the same idea of going there before the festival.


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willeke4439
06 October 2019 @ 08:43 am
This little aquarium is quite close to where I live, but I'd never been before, but now that my friend is visiting I thought it would be a good opportunity to check out some touristy stuff like that >w< It's not all THAT touristy though - it mostly seems to be aimed at people who actually live in Shinagawa, with a 500 yen discount (!) if you have any form of ID that shows that you live, work or go to school in Shinagawa. That's nice :3  I couldn't say how it compares to other aquariums in Tokyo since I haven't been to any, but we really enjoyed it ^o^ There were several large tanks with a large variety of fish in them, including one with a tunnel underneath, and also a ton of smaller ones with specific species in them, and even dolphins, seals and sea lions =O




The tropical fish tank... So colorful!

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willeke4439
05 October 2019 @ 10:49 am
I took a couple of videos in Hitoyoshi since words and pictures weren't enough to convey the magical atmosphere - especially that day when we saw that fluff flying through the air like Honokage ;_; So I decided to put those videos to the soundtrack from the movie, but the track was way longer than the amount of video footage that I had (I wasn't planning on making a video, so I barely filmed anything over the first few days), so I added some photos as well and made it into a slideshow-ish thingie :3 There's some pictures in there that I haven't posted yet either (I think), so I hope you'll enjoy it >w<





With everything going on the past few days, it already feels like a distant dream that I was really there ;_; Not that that's a bad thing though! My friend arrived last Tuesday to stay at my place for a few weeks, so I'm sure we'll make lots more fun memories this month ^o^
 
 
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willeke4439
03 October 2019 @ 09:11 am
Yay!  
I almost forgot to talk about it since I've been so busy processing my Hitoyoshi photos, but last Thursday night I went to Tenimyu too! I'm not sure what was a worse idea, going to Tenimyu the night BEFORE a trip or going right after it... ^^; But I'm glad I got to go anyway! Apparently this show was the 600th show in 3rd season! I can't believe it's been running for that long O_O I wonder how many Tenimyu shows there have been in total now, especially including the Team Lives and such =O



The cast took a picture to commemorate, but we were on the second balcony, so you can't really see us. But we're in it, I swear!

As for the show itself, I already thought it was really polished during the FIRST Tokyo run, so there honestly wasn't a whole lot of room for improvement. But it was fun seeing the adlibs and fun background stuff that the cast had come up with in the meanwhile. During the Saigo no Golden Pair song I got very distracted by Koharu and Yuuji in the background, acting out a proposal, wedding and honeymoon (somehow, in the span of that short song). Yep, that's pretty much how to express those lyrics in interpretative dance... xD And during the curtain call song, the cast tried to run around the audience for as long as possible, so it was really funny watching them try and scramble back on stage within those last few seconds. At least nobody fell this time!
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willeke4439
02 October 2019 @ 08:14 am
 On Saturday the weather was still decent, so even though I desparately needed to rest after coming back from Hitoyoshi, I figured I could rest on Sunday when it would be raining, and I went for a short walk across the Takao area instead, to make up for the fact that I couldn't hike Mt. Ichifusa >w< I didn't go up Mt. Takao itself immediately though. From Takaosanguchi station, I took the trail south towards Lake Tsukui, but instead of going to the "Shiroyama" there like last time, I turned west and followed the "South Takao ridge" which apparently is a moderately popular trail as well. I'd only picked it from my map because it allows you to walk a "lap" around, coming back at Takaosanguchi station, so I could go to the onsen there.




The entrance of the trail... I've come OUT this way a few times after starting hiking from Takao station and walking to Takaosanguchi station, but it was my first time going this way. Good thing I remembered where it was, it's in such a weird place, next to people's houses.


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willeke4439
30 September 2019 @ 09:36 am
Yesterday I made chestnut rice with the chestnuts I'd picked up in Hitoyoshi. Yeah, that's starting to become an obligatory thing whenever I go, lol. There are so many chestnuts rolling around on the ground no matter where you go in Hitoyoshi in September, so it feels like a waste not to pick some up and eat them if nobody else is harvesting them.



Yum~ I probably should've used more rice, since the chestnut-to-rice ratio was a bit off. xD But I didn't want to make too much, since I might not be having dinner at home much this week, so I didn't want to create any leftovers. My friend Umi is going to be staying at my place for the coming month, so we'll probably be busy eating ALL the restaurant food for dinner, lol

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