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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 doing these anymore, and I'm also not available for any other translation requests. Sorry!)

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willeke4439
12 July 2018 @ 07:30 pm
Did the ferry to the Izu islands always leave this late? It's not leaving until 10:30 PM, and thinking back, I have absolutely no idea what I did in between leaving the office at 7 and getting on board last time - all I can remember is that I went to the ferry terminal immediately after work, 'cause I was worried that it might be crowded, waited for a bit to get my ticket, and boarded pretty soon. Though I do remember that I boarded quite some time before the ferry actually departed, so maybe that's it. =P

This time I don't expect the ferry to be crowded at all though, since it's the day BEFORE everybody rushes out for the long weekend. Looking at the ferry company website, all ferries for tomorrow are sold out, but today's still have tickets available, 2nd class ones at least. I'm sure I'll be happy having a real bed to sleep in in 1st class, though =D

So I'm staying at the office a little later than usual doing test play on some games, and maybe then I'll go out for dinner or something, before heading over to the harbor, which is only 20 minutes away. I probably would've had the time to go home in the meanwhile, but I already brought all my luggage to work, and I don't feel like paying the train fare for that...

Anyway, did I mention that my company is actually doing a collaboration with the Tokai Kisen ferry company? If you take one of the jet ferries to Niijima, they'll have on-board announcements by Tamura Yukari, the voice actress of Rinne in ISLAND. At first I was kind of bummed when I found out that they'd picked Niijima as the anime setting, because I DID consider going there but went with Hachijoujima in the end, and I found out about it way after I'd already booked ^^;; It would've been so cool visiting Niijima and going around taking photos of all the locations for the anime... Though I probably wouldn't have taken the more expensive jet ferry if I'd chosen to go there, I think the slow overnight one is more fun. And I don't know the exact places that'll appear in the anime yet, so maybe next year would be better for that anyway... Maybe next year that noisy foreigners' group tour I'm trying to avoid won't go there on the same weekend, either. It would've been cool to hear the announcements though >w<

...I should probably download some maps on my phone because I may or may not have any network coverage on the island, I just realized today ^^;;; On Oshima it was fine, though I definitely did not have coverage on Kozushima, but that was with my old phone, and we were camping pretty far away from any town... So it MAY be better now, though Hachijoujima is way more remote, so it MAY also be worse... Who knows =P I actually found this interesting website by Docomo that shows where there's network coverage on mountains, and apparently there's some at Mt. Mihara, but definitely not on one part of the trail... Good thing I printed a map of the two mountains at least, but not of the town... And I don't even know if my phone has full usage of the docomo network, since my contract isn't with them but an MVNO that uses their network ^^; And even if I may have PHONE coverage, I might not have internet or GPS coverage, so better be safe than sorry, I guess!

All right, I'll go and do that, and be on my way. Be back too soon~
 
 
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willeke4439
10 July 2018 @ 08:04 pm
For like, 4 days, before I leave for Hachijoujima, lol. Last week was really... irregular. Apparently I caught a cold when I went to Okutama last week Saturday, I'm not sure how 'cause I THINK I'd been taking pretty good care of myself >< But while I was hiking I already noticed that my windpipe was slightly sore when taking heavy breaths, and that only got aggravated by the strong air conditioning in the train back home. Usually that kind of thing goes away after one or two days of extra rest, eating extra fruit, taking baths, etc... But this time it's lasted over a week, despite skipping out on running all week, and not being able to cycle to work due to the rain O_o

I also couldn't really rest because I needed to finish all my translation work for this month before my trip - I don't have that many chapters again, but they "conveniently" put the deadline on the 16th, which is the day I get back, so I if I wanted to submit everything before the deadline I'd have to finish it before leaving for work on the morning of the 12th. ^^; Luckily I'd noticed that the files were up early and so I'd already finished 2 out of 6 chapters by the time the schedule was uploaded, and because of the rain last weekend I didn't really go anywhere then either, so I managed to finish up most of it over the weekend (and one remaining chapter yesterday and today)...

So yeah... That typhoon... ^^; Tokyo wasn't affected by it too badly, all we got was lots of rain (that battered my flowers D= ) but no super strong winds or flooding or anything. Looks like they got it pretty bad down in Western Japan, though. It was so surreal seeing the photos of that derailed train in Karatsu (Saga) while I'd ridden that same train line myself last year. I also looked up if Hitoyoshi was alright, and while there didn't seem to be any major flooding there, the Kuma river looked crazy O_O It's hard to believe that I once walked along that same river - the footpaths were completely submerged now. I highly doubt any of this will affect my trip in September (unless there's a new typhoon then...), but I'm glad I'm not traveling THERE this weekend!

The weather forecast for Hachijoujima looks perfect, actually, other than a slight chance of rain on Friday... At first it looked like a typhoon might be headed that way this week, but thankfully it changed course and is headed towards Taiwan now XD It might be a little hot, at about 30~35 degrees, but I'd rather have that than a typhoon. ^^; I also found this super awesome looking (and free!) pool along the route that I plan to cycle on Saturday, so I'll definitely bring my swimsuit so I can have a dip there.

Other than that I don't have any beach activities planned though... which might seem kinda counter-intuitive when you're going to a (tropical?) island... But hanging out at a pool or beach seems more of an activity to enjoy with a group of friends, rather than alone, and... There are TWO mountains waiting to be explored 8D So with those taking up two out of my three days, I'll only have one day left to go to that pool, and also to another free onsen on the south of the island. For some reason all the onsen are in the south, and aren't easily accessed from the main town (with only a few buses per day), so I'll probably end up going to 2 or 3 of them on the one day that I'll have a rental bicycle, lol...

And just enjoy the ryokan's tiny bath on the other days, I guess =P. It'd be nice if there'd been an onsen or pool within walking distance of the main town with all the hotels and ryokan, though. Apparently driving is pretty big there (while looking for a place to rent a bike I found more car rental places than bike rentals) so I guess most people just rent a car to drive around the island during their stay. But that seems a bit silly to me too considering that it's only about 10 kilometers to either end of the island ^^; There IS a beach within a 15 minute's walk from the ryokan, but I'm not sure if swimming at the beach at night is a thing there... ^^; Maybe it'd be nice for an early morning swim before the ferry leaves at 9:40AM on the last day, though... Or I guess before hiking, but then I'd have to get up super early. It does get bright by 5AM in the morning, but I wonder if the ryokan would be okay with that, lol XD

Anyway, I can't wait! >www<
 
 
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willeke4439
07 July 2018 @ 11:55 am
Last week I finally got my new music player in the mail! A while ago I finally found some time to do the research as to which one I wanted, but after picking one, I found that it was only available from import stores via Amazon, so it took almost a month for it to arrive. ><  But now I finally have it! Along with my new camera and my new laptop, that means that I've finally upgraded all of the old devices I'd been meaning to replace for years, lol



Look, it's so tiny compared to my old one, though!


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willeke4439
02 July 2018 @ 09:09 am
Saturday I went on a not-so-little walk in Okutama again! I was actually hoping to go back sooner, but sadly the weather didn't allow me to go last week or the week before >< This weekend it's pretty much perfect though, it seems like the rainy season is officially over =D And I got my hiking map for Okutama in the mail that I ordered a while ago! I probably would've been fine with the free maps I collected last time for this walk, but I had some other stuff to order from Amazon recently so I figured I might as well throw it in and save on shipping. =3

At first I was just planning to do the 4-hour "Mukashimichi" walking route from Okutama station to lake Okutama, also because a friend who's visiting Japan from the Netherlands said she might want to come with me. But surprise surprise, she cancelled, so I was free to do whatever I wanted. I didn't actually decide on my new route until 5 minutes before getting off the train at Okutama station though, when I saw how nice the weather already was. At first I thought I'd just leave as early as possible (taking the 5:34 train from my place, arriving at 8:10), then do the short, 4hr walk, go to an onsen, and go back in the early afternoon. But once I was there, it felt like a waste to only spend half a day there while I'd left so early and the weather was so nice. So I looked for ways to add to the route (while still allowing me to walk the path I originally wanted to see), except there weren't all that many options - all the nearby mountains would add at least 5~6 hours to the walk, which would push it up to around 10 hours, which might be a bit too much... ^^; In the end I settled on Sougaku-san, the closest one, which would be a 9:30 hour walk according to the maps. But the "Mukashimichi" route was mostly paved roads and only 9km, so somewhere I highly doubted that it would really take 4 hours, so I just went with the assumption that it wouldn't really take that long (and I was right - it's two and a half hours at most... ^^;;)



It took a long time to get to Okutama in the first place, though ^^; I thought it was weird that the trip was so long, I thought that Okutama was only 2 hours away, not more than 2 and a half. But the reason was that there's no express trains early in the morning, so I had a 30 minute transfer at Mitake station. (Last time I got off at Hinatawada, which is before Mitake station, so I guess that's why I didn't notice before) With scenery like this to look at though, I didn't really mind... And because it's a tiny station without ticket gates (just "ticket poles" where you touch your suica card) I could wander outside of the station for a bit while waiting for the next train without having to pay the base fare again. =P

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willeke4439
30 June 2018 @ 08:00 am
Just making a note of this for the very likely case I'll have to book a flight with JAL again in the future...

It took me about an hour to get my boarding pass for my flight to Kumamoto printed, because their English system sucks compared to the Japanese one... ^^; I reserved through the English site because that's what google showed me when I first searched for flights, and I paid online via debit card, but apparently there's an "order number" which is only shown on the page that's displayed right after you pay. I didn't take much note of it then because I assumed that the information would be e-mailed to me, or displayed when I log in with my booking number - and because I booked at home without access to a printer, I closed that page, planning to open it again at work once I could print my e-ticket...

But Monday at work when I tried to access the e-ticket again, it asked for that "order number" which is apparently different from your "booking number" that's in your confirmation e-mail, and then I found out that it was a number only displayed after you made your payment, and the English site said it can only be displayed once due to "security reasons", and that they can't give it over the phone either.

But when I tried logging in via the Japanese website using my "reservation number" and other details, it DID have a button saying "forgot your order number?" where you could input your credit/debit card number again for confirmation, and then it displayed my order number, after which I could finally get the e-ticket. Why can't they have the same system for the English site!? Anyway, I'm glad I was able to get it, or else it would cost me a lot of time checking in at the airport counter without a boarding pass, while I'll already be short on time... ^^; All I can do is hope that the trains won't be delayed that day... >www< .
 
 
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willeke4439
29 June 2018 @ 08:30 am
The other day I recieved a late birthday present from some friends! >w< Apparently they'd been collecting Nyanko-sensei ichiban kuji stuff for me but forgot to send it to me when it was my actual birthday, lol. I haven't gotten any of the recent kujis because there isn't much kitchen stuff that I really NEED anymore at this point. I already have enough cups, glasses, bowls, chopsticks, pots, etc... and space in my cupboard is very limited, so I'm afraid that if I tried, I might win a bunch of big, bulky things that I wouldn't really use or have no space for. But my friends proved me wrong and gave me some stuff I never knew I needed, haha.



Well, I guess the charms arent' really "useful" but I can always find a place to decorate with those... XD But I didn't know that there were Nyanko-sensei ziplock bags! =O
And look at that lunch box! For the past few years I've just been using 100-yen store tupperware containers for my lunches, and while that worked fine, I always thought I should maybe get a proper bento box some time... And this is the perfect one for me! =D

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willeke4439
26 June 2018 @ 09:37 am
I got my ryokan bookings for Kumamoto done~ That was faster than I was expecting! ^^; On Sunday night after the YYH event I suddenly felt inspired to look at ryokan near Mt. Aso, and after looking at the specifics of a couple different ones, I found that there was pretty much only one option that suits my needs... AND they had an online reservation form, and a 2000 yen per night discount if you book at least 90 days in advance, so I snatched that up right away before it's too late. The problem with all the other ryokan I'd seen is that they apparently don't accept single lodgers, because all rooms were like "for 2~5 people" and if you tried searching for a room for 1 person it would say "no rooms available =( " I suppose I could've called and asked if they could make an exception if they had rooms available, but I'm totally fine with the one other option that I found, so I didn't think it was worth the effort.

It's this one~ It seems to be part of some kind of massive holiday resort, so I probably won't be able to enjoy everything they have to offer in full during my stay because I'll be arriving late (at about 6PM) and leaving early again in the morning for hiking, but I'm really looking forward to the onsen (accessible until 24:00 at night and from 5:30 in the morning!) and the all-you-can-eat Japanese dinner and breakfast. Yeah, apparently a buffet was the only option for meals included with your stay, unless you ordered each dish separately in advance via the website... But the individual dishes looked pretty expensive and I didn't feel like choosing and figuring out what I want so far in advance, and with the discount it was about 8500 yen for the all-inclusive plan, so why the heck not! 8D This place is about a 1-hour-walk away from Takamori station (and there don't seem to be any buses, so it's mostly geared towards people traveling by car...), so it's going to take me about six and a half hours to get there from Hitoyoshi... So I'll spend most of the 24th traveling ^^;) But that's part of the fun (the scenery around there looks absolutely beautiful!), and it's right across the street from the entrance of the trail towards Mt. Aso that I'm hoping to hike on my last day, and only 20 minutes away from the Hotarubi no Mori e shrine too, so location-wise it's pretty much right where I wanted to be. =3

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willeke4439
23 June 2018 @ 01:19 pm
I booked my flight to Kumamoto for September =D Good thing I did it now, because for one the price was less then half of what I paid last time (when circumstances forced me to wait with booking until just one week beforehand ^^;) And due to the long weekend I noticed that not all possible flights I'd had in mind after doing some research a few weeks ago were available anymore. But luckily I was still relatively flexible with my schedule, since I hadn't decided if I'd take my two planned paid holidays before or after the weekend, so I could just pick the dates that were the most convenient.

So I ended up with the 21st~25th, with one day off before the holiday weekend and one after. For the other dates, the earliest and latest flights weren't available anymore (or only for a couple thousand yen extra), so I would've had less time at my destination... But with these dates, I could get a flight at 6:25AM from Haneda, arriving in Kumamoto at 8AM - the perks of living close to the airport!! =DD  If I take the first train at 5:10AM, I'll arrive at the airport at 5:40, which may be a liiiitle tight but I don't have to check in any luggage and I'll print my boarding pass in advance, so as long as the train isn't delayed that should be enough time. And my return flight isn't until 8PM in the evening of the 25th, so I won't have to rush to the airport on the last day, either.

...Yeah, I pretty much already came up with a rough schedule for my five days - or at least, how to split my time between the Mt. Aso area and Hitoyoshi - so now all that's left is booking the ryokan. (Though I do already have some in mind/bookmarked!) I put Mt. Aso last because it's way closer to Kumamoto airport than Hitoyoshi and there's a direct bus, so then I won't have to worry about any train delays or connections that day.
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willeke4439
19 June 2018 @ 10:59 pm
On Sunday I went to the Akayona meetup that I signed up for on a whim a few months ago. I had no idea what to expect since it was my first time participating in what's called an "off-kai" (offline gathering) in Japan, at least one that's NOT at a designated convention or cosplay event. No, this was just a group of fans who had decided to rent out a cafe-like space for a day just to hang out and have fun with like-minded people. It was so well-organized compared to "fan meetings" I've been to in the Netherlands, haha. Granted, everybody did pay 3500 yen to participate, but apparently that covered both the rent of the space AND the food and snacks that the organizers had prepared for everyone. There were about 20 participants, so that just goes to show how much you can do when everybody contributes a little. ^o^



The space we rented was a tiny place about a 10 minute walk away from Shin-Nakano station. It was in a quiet alley in the middle of a residential area, and there was no way anybody was going to find that on our own, so we decided to meet up at 8:30 at the station and walk there together. The cosplayers, at least, because they needed about an hour to get changed and then set up the place (putting the tables and chairs into the desired configuration, preparing snack bowls and drinks for each table, and setting up an overhead projector that we would be using for various games) before everyone else arrived.

It felt kind of weird participating in the preparations even though I was "just" a guest, and not one of the organizers, but apparently cosplayers were expected to sort of act as "hosts" for the meetup and entertain the regular, non-cosplayer participants. So in the end it kinda turned out like an all-day cosplay cafe with us as the staff! Not really what I expected when I signed up - the page actually stressed that it was a meet-up between " fellow fans", not a themed cafe with " staff and customers", but it still kinda turned out like that... But it was fun!

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willeke4439
16 June 2018 @ 09:03 pm
Or maybe I ate... Shhhh... =P

The Sweets Paradise collaboration cafe was awesome! 90 minutes really wasn't enough to try all the food >w< Since I was going alone, I was afraid I'd be full way before my time was up, as is the case when I go to all-you-can-eat places by myself. (When you're not with any friends to talk to, you eat faster, I guess...) But time passed by in an instant and I barely had the time to try everything >w< You had to buy a ticket for the regular buffet before you could order from the collaboration menu, and you had to pay for that separately which kinda sucked if you JUST wanted to have the Natsume stuff. But I hadn't been to Sweets Paradise in about 4 or 5 years (I don't even remember...) so I saved my appetite all day and totally didn't mind eating everything else as well. XD




Nom nom... You got this adorable placemat if you ordered the Natsume Yuujinchou stuff!
It took a while for the actual food to come out though, but time started running as soon as you sat down, so Nyanko-sensei helped himself to the regular cake buffet first. XD
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willeke4439
14 June 2018 @ 10:34 pm
I beat my cold within just a day! Maybe all the fruit helped... Or maybe it wasn't really a cold after all, who knows. I went for a walk this morning and had a cold shower afterwards, and then I felt totally refreshed and back to normal... Well, as "normal" as I get lately, with this constant feeling of fatigue in my muscles... ^^; Maybe I'll be "forced" to take some rest as it seems like it'll rain again for most of the weekend and next week. The friend I was going to hang out with on Saturday cancelled, so maybe I'll hit up the Natsume collaboration at Sweets Paradise in Ikebukuro after all =3  (Not that THAT's good for my health, but oh well...)
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Anyway, I'm really behind on this season's anime right now >< I actually started watching Kingdom a few weeks ago, because it's been on my to-watch list for ages and I was craving some kind of historical fantasy story because I'm not really watching anything like that this season.. Ignoring the weird cel-shaded CG animation in the first couple of episodes (did it get better in later episodes or did I just get used to it??) it's actually really good! Even though I know the story is really long and still ongoing but know absolutely nothing else about the franchise, I'm super interested in finding out more about the characters and the world the story takes place in. The characters are a little flat so far, they're like walking shonen anime stereotypes, but I'm sure they'll go through some kind of interesting developments in the course of such a long, complex story. So I've mostly been watching Kingdom while falling behind on everything else ^^;

I also picked up Wotakoi for this season since I heard so many good things about it. After one episode it feels like it's going to be "Nozaki-kun except with working adults" - even the main girl is red-haired! And most humor seems to be based on misunderstandings in love and relationships so far, too. Or maybe it's just because I only watched Nozaki-kun very recently that I'm seeing the similarities so much. I really enjoyed it though! Only watched one episode so far, but I'm sure I'll like the rest too if it keeps going in the same vein. Some of the workplace stuff is really entertaining, and it totally illustrates what goes on in a typical Japanese office. (spoiler: a lot of unproductive things... =P )
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willeke4439
13 June 2018 @ 09:44 pm
Staying overnight at Ooruri no Ie on Sunday night, it was still pouring rain when I woke up on Monday... ^^; So I decided to stick around the ryokan right until check-out time at 10AM, as opposed to leaving early for a long day hike. First I had another bath in the morning, before heading over for breakfast at the restaurant again.



Such a fancy box it was served in *-*

Then I took my time getting ready in my room and coming up with a plan. I was originally going to walk to Mt. Takao via Mt. Kagenobu, but that would mean having to trace my steps back over that narrow trail with wet branches all around, and the rain all night couldn't have done that trail any good... So instead I decided to take the bus to Takao station, take the train to Takaosanguchi from there, and just climb Mt. Takao and descend again via the popular, well-maintained trails. At least those are really wide, so there's no worry about brushing against any wet plants on the way. And it was a good opportunity to see the mountain and temples WITHOUT any people there! Whenever I go to Takao lately it's always on a weekend, and then it's so crowded that you're practically queuing the whole way up and down the mountain... But the rain, and the fact that it was a Monday should mean that I could finally see the scenery again that I originally fell in love with  ^o^


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willeke4439
12 June 2018 @ 10:25 pm
Last weekend's hiking trip was... very wet ^^;;; Seriously, it just HAD to be dry up until Saturday, then it started raining on Sunday just as I started walking, and it didn't stop until when I arrived home on Monday! That couldn't have been timed any worse. I still had fun though, because the rain gives an entirely different atmosphere to the mountains that you normally don't get to see, so I really like some of the pictures I took. And it helped that I had a lot more rain gear this time, so I managed to stay relatively comfortable... Well, mostly... ^^;

For the first day I changed my route slightly - rather than taking the hiking trail directly into the forest from Takao station, I walked through town for about an hour to a temple (Shingenin) and the entrance of a different hiking trail to the castle ruins that I'd been meaning to visit. This way I could avoid having to walk part of the same route twice.



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willeke4439
10 June 2018 @ 07:00 am
I finally "completed" Yukina's casual outfit from Yu Yu Hakusho episode 112!



See what's missing?

Apparently there's going to be a YYH-only event at the end of the month (well, the 24th) that I just found out about last week. In the same place as the HxH-only event actually, I wonder if the organizers are related... Anyway, at first I doubted whether I should go, but then I remembered I still have this Yukina cosplay that I never actually completed. ^^; I've worn it a few times, but I never bothered to make the collar in the right shape, because I originally put the outfit together (from store-bought clothes) when I was in Japan in 2013 when I didn't have access to a sewing machine. But now I have a sewing machine, so switching out the collar shouldn't be too hard!

But I'll also barely have any free time to work on it -  this weekend is hiking, next weekend is the AkaYona fanmeet (and depending on weather possibly also spending a day outdoors with a friend who's visiting Japan for a short time - so I want to keep that day free), and the YYH event is already the weekend after that, omg! O_O So I figured I'd get started on it the sooner the better... And then I ended up finishing it within about three hours 'cause it was easier than I thought.

At first I was just going to carefully remove the dress' current collar to see how it was constructed, but then found out that it was attached in a way that it can be easily replaced without having to take the whole dress apart! So I just traced over the old collar on some pattern paper, but added the triangles to create the 'star' shape of the collar. Then I cut out that shape out of some leftover fabric (The cotton I used for the white parts of Okou's snakes turned out to be EXACTLY the right color!! The texture is slightly rougher, but hopefully that won't really stand out in photos...) , attached interfacing, sewed the front and back parts together and attached it to the dress in the same way the old collar had come off.

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