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28 May 2012 @ 02:30 pm

This journal is rarely updated these days. I am still a very slow fanfic writer over at sweetdepravity, and icons can still be found at dammitliz. I haven't made any in at least a year, though I exist in a perpetual state of wanting to one day pick up graphics stuff again... in the meantime, I have two Tumblrs that are updated more frequently: this is my family-friendly, only-for-photos-of-my-life-in-Japan Tumblr, and this is my fannish (mostly K-pop, though, and mostly Infinite) Tumblr.

Current Mood: busybusy
a prohibition mc
11 March 2013 @ 07:32 pm
I learned a new word today: 黙祷 (mokutou)

It means 'silent prayer.' At 2:46 today, we had a moment of silence in the city hall. It was a nice moment. It's been two years now. I remember when I arrived in Japan, I was told many times, by JET representatives, by co-workers in the city hall and at school, and by random people I met, how brave we were to have decided to come to Japan even after the earthquake. It's praise I still don't fully understand or accept. Most of that is because I don't live anywhere near Fukushima or Miyagi - I admit that had I been placed near the radiation zone, I would've had to think more carefully about my decision, but I am a very safe distance away.

I know that Kumano is not a good place to be if tsunamis are a big fear. I'm less than a ten minute walk from the beach, and while many of my schools are on hills or much further inland, some of them, including my favorite elementary school (and the attached special ed school and the nearby junior high school) would be destroyed in a tsunami of the size of the one that hit Tohoku. And it's certainly a possibility, one that I've thought about in darker moments. But there's nothing to be done but be thankful that it hasn't happened, and to know where to go, and have an emergency bag packed at home.

Today is a good reminder that I need to update that bag.

The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

Also, this is worth watching. It's available only today (not sure of the timezone), and it's pretty heart-wrenching (I cried through most of it, though I do cry at pretty much everything). The first five minutes - footage from an eyewitness as the tsunami approaches - are terrifying in a way horror movies can never be. But I love the "sakura master" and his thoughts on the trees and life.
Current Mood: melancholymelancholy
a prohibition mc
27 July 2012 @ 11:04 pm
In a few days, I'll have been living in Japan for one year. Tomorrow, I'm heading up to Tokyo for my own little Summer vacation, and I'll actually be there when this year's Group B Orientation is happening. Sneef. Only took me a year to get back to Tokyo!

I have many thinky thoughts about my year, but I really need to pack and clean and get rid of yucky stuff in my fridge, and generally not be on the Internet. >.> I also have a relatively-massive fic (it's not long for some people, but so far is twice as long as my best NaNo attempt XD) I am determined to finish by Sunday. It was for a challenge due last month - and that was with the whole challenge extended by a month.

In the meantime, I'll give in to my lazy organizing self and do a little LJ friends-list housekeeping... mostly just removing LJs people don't update anymore.
Current Music: AllRise - "The Truth"
a prohibition mc
20 February 2012 @ 01:49 pm
Got sent home from work due to (my super attractive) loud sniffling and coughing. Also, I don't have any classes to prepare for until Wednesday. I think I would've been able to stick it out for the rest of the day (they tried to send me home an hour and a half into the day, so I said I'd stay till lunch) but I'm relieved to not have to. Feel like crap!

Have some chocolate!

In Japan, Valentine's Day is traditionally when women give chocolate the guy they like (the equivalent of our elementary school tradition of giving Valentines to everyone is called 'giri-choco' or obligation chocolate - for co-workers and such). March 14th is White Day, when the guys return the favor for the girls they like. The grocery store was well-stocked with adorable chocolates (and chocolate-making material). On February 15th, I bought some. :P


Yes, I have a chocolate penguin, turtle, and dolphin. :DDD The Pokemon tin contains these, little cookies covered in chocolate. I mostly bought those for the tin, though.

This mood icon perfectly fits my brain right now. Go me.

...also, let's make this my first not-locked post since last April. Just cos. Hi, world!
Current Mood: crappycrappy
Current Music: ROYZ - "JOKER"
a prohibition mc
06 August 2011 @ 11:18 pm
Oops. I forgot to mention this in my last post, but rabies's comment reminded me of it: I made yet another blog for my adventures in Japan, since I certainly don't want my family members following my LJ. XD

It can be found here:

--> http://tobitatsu.tumblr.com/

As you can see, it will probably/hopefully mostly be a photoblog with anecdotes, and perhaps the occassional longer post as things progress. This is for two main reasons: as a government employee, I have to be pretty careful about what I say, especially on a public forum, and also, I didn't really want to end up neglecting this journal in favor of another blog. So, apologies to people who like everything to just be in one place! But that's where my JET adventures will be for the most part. I'm sure some stories will end up here, of course.
a prohibition mc
19 April 2011 @ 12:30 am
So. Big news first: I heard back from JET* and I'm in! Basically! I'm on the short-list, which, if I am interpreting their little glossary correctly means that I will be going to Japan pending my acceptance of their 'job offer' and all of my follow-up paperwork checking out. :DDDDD

[* They said they'd notify people in mid-April instead of early April due to the disaster, and I got their e-mail literally in the middle of the day on the middlest day of the month - amused, yes I am]

I am really more excited than it looks, but I'm also tired after working six days in a row, so I can't summon the proper flail and I haven't really been able to talk about it at work, so I haven't been able to keep the mood up. XD

I also used fail!Korean and fail!Japanese at work a few times this week. I surprised a Korean girl by thanking her as she left in Korean, and used bits of Japanese with an unexpectedly high number of Japanese customers over the last few days. I made one adorable okaasan's day and she came over to tell me I'd made her very happy. Socute. ♥

And I've been crocheting things (or learning to). I've made K8 (minus Maru, as I do not have orange yarn) duckies, but I don't have eyes or stuffing for them yet. >.> In typical overly-ambitious fashion, I've only just started trying to make amigurumi and I've already designed my own onigiri penguin (some of you may have received a holiday card a couple years ago with Gary the Onigiri Penguin on it - this is his navy blue cousin).

So this has been a long week, but had some definite highlights. To say the least. XDDD

P.S. Holy crap, less than a month left to my cousin's wedding! And only a little over a month till Fanime! Oh, time.
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: 2NE1 - "날 따라 해봐요"
a prohibition mc
15 March 2011 @ 10:00 pm
This is a compilation of the listings at help_japan that mention J-Rock and/or visual kei bands.

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a prohibition mc
14 March 2011 @ 02:29 am
I'm auctioning off a thousand origami cranes right over here~ I'm so pleased to already have a few bids, since I always wonder about my little comment getting lost in the sea of offers. XD

So far, this is the cutest thing I have seen: self-portraits drawn by Japanese kindergarteners who wanted to help after their teacher told them about the auction.

From my flist, musikologie is offering up a box of fun from Honolulu which I may have to bid on. >.> Because ooh, Hawaii.

I was also thinking of auctioning off prints (either as a set of four, or one larger landscape poster-ish thing) of the world peace project I did last year. I can't quite bear to part with the original - and thinking about mailing it gives me a headache - but I think the whole crane + world + hope aspect is pretty appropriate, and it would be nice to use it for something again. I'm encountering a few logistical hitches though: getting good enough photos of each board to print them and not have them look like, well, photos of a board (i.e. with glare and tilting), and then figuring out what size to shrink them to. I would like the cranes to still be visible, but I don't really want to reprint this life-sized... hmm.
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
a prohibition mc
25 January 2011 @ 10:19 pm
So the common unanimous consensus is to keep the boots. \O/ Done. XD

Coupla Shiny Things, now that YouTube/Firefox has stopped being obnoxious by freezing everytime I try to watch something:

1) Park Jungmin - Not Alone
Honest first reaction? I think his face looks longer than usual here. Neigh~ Moving on! *____* I love SS501's use of strings. I love that the string players actually get to be in the MVs, too. More than that (and the obvious pretty), lyrically and message-ly, this song is such a breath of fresh air in light of things like KARA's implosion, JYJ's... everything, Heechul snapping at antis (not that bitchy!Chul isn't awesome in its own way, but ugh drama), and groups/management companies sniping at each other left and right.

2) Jason Mraz & Tristan Prettyman - Lucky
This couple, so cute! I love their older duet, Shy That Way and I was sad when I'd heard they'd broken up - but now they're engaged. ♥ This isn't the best example of her singing, but they're clearly having fun and it is cute. :D

Werk tomorrow, then to San Jose on Thursday to visit people and hopefully get a major haircut.
Current Mood: goodgood
Current Music: ON/OFF - "輪廻 (ロンド)"
a prohibition mc
11 November 2010 @ 03:05 am
It's Pocky Day~! I'd like to go by J-Town and get some in celebration, but I have work from 12:30-8:30 tomorrow. -.- I may have to bite the bullet and just pay more (probably) for it if they have it at Bristol Farms.

I went to see Akanishi Jin again tonight, and here is a bulleted recap because I should've been asleep a couple hours ago.

But the good parts can best be summed up as: Friends + YARAYARAYARAYARAFJDSL YARACCHI WAS THERE. XDCollapse )

Okay, I may think of more later, but I really need to sleep now. Unrelatedly, ugh, I hope I get all of the documents I need for this application I am doing! Time is running out!
Current Mood: relievedrelieved