"Oh my Goddess" about a boy that accidentally calls the "goddess hotline" and gets a goddess to come stay with him as her granting of his one single wish. Her sisters then come along for the ride to convince her to leave the nerd.
This was one of the first manga’s that I owned, found in a second hand bin in Black Cat books in Edmonton when I was in high school. Ahh nostalgia. Honestly I can only say the comic was better than the anime, the details in the comic (especially if you get the graphic novels the art quality by about the second novel) was really nice, especially during the arc where they show you Keiichi’s hobby “Minibikes” Beyond that it’s a small scale classic herem anime. You’ve got the girl who will love Keiichi (usually because she doesn’t have a choice and is too innocent to know she can tell him to piss off) the “mean” and sexy older sister and the innocent and spunky younger sister. Now-a-days they’ve split off into a combo of 5 girls but this one used to be one of the classics. Unfortunately for all the nostalgia. Still pretty damn bad. Getting a 4 DUE TO Nostalgia. 4/10
Gone are the days when schoolbooks were made up of pages and pages of text. Today’s textbooks are just as likely to be filled with glossy, colourful images to engage and entertain students. This Thai textbook publisher, however, has come under fire for apparently sourcing an image from the internet to use on a book …
A.K.A This is what happens when you don’t properly pay your graphics designers and either hire:
a) Uncaring people who are underpaid and this steal images to save time for shitty pay
b) Vindictive people who are underpaid and intentionally trying to get you in trouble because they didn’t sign a proper contract that would leave them at any kind of fault when this shit gets caught.
My favourite translator said that when she was an ambassador for Hungary she took all these Japanese politicians on a tour and she was trying to circumtranslate ‘merry go round’ cause she didn’t know the Japanese word for it by calling it a ‘horse tornado for children’ and they had no blessed idea what she was saying and she finally started running in circles going up and down and they go ‘ohhhhh, in Japan we call those ‘merry-go-rounds’”
After the destruction of “The World” in 2015, CC Corporation rebuilt the game using data from what was previously to be another game. “The World R:2” was then released in 2016. A newcomer to the game, Haseo, is instantly PKed and then revived by a mysterious man known as Ovan. With the problem of PKs occupying the game, Haseo soon after receives help from a female Harvest known as Shino. Amidst curiosity and confusion, Haseo is lead to joining the guild known as the Twilight Brigade. The guild that searches for the legendary object known as the “Key of the Twilight”. Set before the .hack//G.U. game.
Honestly all I could say about this show was that it Felt Long.
.hack//sign is honestly better and that’s all this is, a remake of that, the main character Haseo is the most annoying person ever. Same with the main female character. Simply watching this show legitimately turned me off from playing the game.
Mylene Hoffman, a beautiful cyborg spy with the codename “009-1” lives in an alternative world where the cold war never ended, continuously on-going for 140 years.
Eh, it’s ok, animation is a product of its time but it’s about as deep and compelling as a puddle. Parts of it were kinda interesting but the gratuitous “how many tits can we get in here” kinda makes me roll my eyes unable to continue.
Marco is a young boy who lives with his family in Italy depression period in 1881. With his father busy caring for those too poor to pay his Mother leaves to earn money as a maid for the family. She mentions in letters that she is ill and suddenly the letters stop coming. With his father and brother too busy working Marco is the only one able to find his mother to discover what happened to her.
Since it’s ranked 81 on the top anime of our time I feel kind of bad giving it such a low rating but I think really it’s only failing is that it’s a product of its time. It was created in the late 70’s early 80’s where this particular animation style was popular and personally, I’m just not that big of a fan.
Overall the story is interesting enough but there is an awful lot of “MARCO” “MAMA” “MARCO” “MAMA” “MARCO” “POLO I mean MAMA!” which is also a thing that was popular back then that also just is a personal pet peeve.
It’s definitely a classic to give a shot but it’s no Ghibli
A young wavemaster, only known by the alias of Tsukasa, wakes up in an MMORPG called The World, with slight amnesia. He does not know what he has previously done before he woke up. In The World, he is suspected to be a hacker of the Crimson Knights, as he was seen accompanying a tweaked character in the form of a cat. Unable to log out from the game, he wanders around looking for answers, avoiding the knights and other players he meets along the way. As Tsukasa explores The World, he stumbles upon a magical item that takes the form of a ‘guardian’, which promises him protection from all harm. Subaru, the leader of the Crimson Knights, along with several other players who became acquainted with Tsukasa, set out to investigate why Tsukasa is unable to log out, and attempt to get to the bottom of the problem before it gets out of hand.
I believe in order to get to the understandable end of this show you do have to play the game, and I remember playing a version of .hack// but I never finished it (my file got corrupted ironically enough) so I can’t remember how this is supposed to end.
The show was long and interesting at points but very drawn out and you’re always feeling like you’re missing something (which if you don’t play the game and watch the special DVDs with the game then in reality, you are missing some big plot points.)
It’s interesting, it has a GREAT soundtrack but overall, not all that great.
This used to be called Dusk but now it’s called “Legend of the Twilight”??
Shugo and his twin sister Rena, two new players in The World, (a future online roleplaying game) are caught up in an unknown agenda. Unstoppable monsters have started appearing and players that encounter these monsters fall into comas in the real world. Playing the limited edition characters, Kite and Black Rose, and wielding the mysterious twilight bracelet, the two siblings must figure out what is going on and stop it before the damage escalates.
Blugh, it’s a chibified version of the .hack//sign game, they even cheaped out and didn’t bother to design new characters. making the “Black Rose” and “Kite” some elite edition characters in order to just reuse them. I dunno I’ve never been a fan of “chibi shorts” especially when they use a show that’s supposed to be somewhat dark and complex in order to cute it up.
Soda and I were still not talking and I was still staying with Nett but that didn’t mean I wasn’t working on making my own plans so this whole trip wouldn’t be a bust, so I went to Yokohama today with an old student.
It was I think my second time there, but the first time I was only at the shore and we only went to a restaurant on the dock and that was it. So I didn’t really “see” Yokohama and only knew we were in Yokohama at all because someone told me we were.
Met up with B-san in Shibuya at 9:30 and then headed over to the last stop past Yokohama. It was still part of the district, just closer to the “China Town” part. We got the all day pass for that line for 860¥. Since it cost 470¥ to get there normal the 860¥ was worth it there and back alone. But we also rode the train once more which guaranteed our moneys worth. I always forget that “all day train passes” are a thing whenever I travel around Japan. I tend to just use my Suica card and not think about it.
We went to the Doll Museum which cost 800¥ to get in but spent a good chunk of time there. Lots of dolls from around the world and throughout Japanese history. It was definitely creepy but interesting.
At the end there was a cool exhibit of the “Landing of John Perrie to the shore of Yokohama” because I guess this year is some anniversary of that. It was a huge model of the ship, all the little boats leading to the shore, and a procession of the people from the boats up the shore to talk to the shogun. All the people in the display were maybe only the size of a very large piece of rice but the detail was amazing, little kimono’s and different positions, different little things they were doing. It’s like each little person there had their own little story to tell if you looked for it. It was amazing.
After that we head down to China town and hit up an all you can eat Chinese food buffet. I tried a little of everything but didn’t really fancy any of it. It was enough to fill me but I’m sad it had like zero desserts. Was 860¥ which would be about the same for any of the restaurants there. Maybe we picked a cheap place or something? I think my tastes when it comes to Chinese food is just to western so I tend to just not like Japanese style Chinese food.
Then we went to the trick art museum which was about 800¥ as well. It was kinda cool, but in the last room where it was a “Find the differences in these copies of famous pictures” I just got absolutely nackered. It was about 4ish and B-san noticed I was yawning a bunch so we left and road the train 2 stops away to this shopping warehouse. I thought it looked haunted, but it was all super posh stores inside. We read the map and both had no idea what the hell “Sundries” were, so we searched a few shops which claimed to have them, and came to the conclusion “Sundries” is the polite term for “Junk”. I had an ice cream but B-san wasn’t feeling well so she didn’t.
We walked over the Cosmos World Yokohama and road the big ferris wheel for 700¥ I wonder if they have a night rider pass for that place, because I’d like to go back, but not if it’s like stupid expensive for everything. We walked over to… I think it was like the “Royal Queen shopping center” something like that and had subway because I wasn’t very hungry and B-san wanted soup. Then it was back home, I caught a good train because apparently just as I was getting on, something had happened. Because Nett got an e-mail from her boyfriend after I got in saying there was a 4 train backup and he was just sitting on the tracks waiting for things to clear to get back home. I guess all the lines got backed up somehow something serious although I’m not sure what would have caused that big of a holdup since there wasn’t an earthquake.
It was a pretty good day and after that I was feeling a bit better towards talking to Soda as well who was doing his best to apologize and promise to make things up to me.
Before I had come back to Japan Soda and I had made a lot of plans of things we were going to do. I wanted to go to some amusement parks and to take a trip to Kyoto with him.
The two years I had been in Japan I had just been working and barely done any touristy things with him at all, so now that I was there JUST for vacation and he didn’t have any work either I wanted to spend time with him and to see the sights. I’d even saved enough money that I could pay for everything if that was his issue.
But his issue was that he was trying for a new job being a web programmer, and was in an obsessed study mode.
We’d gone out a little bit but only to our regular haunts for the first week and always only for a few hours so he could get home and study. When he’d canceled our trip to two amusement parks so he could stay home and practice coding all day for three days straight while I went out with other friends instead and was telling me he wouldn’t come to the Kyoto Trip (that I had booked and paid for the both of us to go already) I’d snapped.
It turned into a screaming fight where I threw my things into my bag and just left to stay with my friend Nett.
I was upset because I had done this whole trip to spend time with him before I came back to work and we’d go back to never seeing each other, the Canada trip hadn’t been that great so I’d put hopes on the Japan one to be better but once again Soda kept putting such strong time restrictions on everything that anything I planned kept getting canceled.
He kept calling and trying to make it up to me but I was just so angry at this whole trip…
Since Soda had come to Canada I kept my promise to him and returned for a vacation in October. The flight over was a little blleeegghh and I almost missed my Japan flight.
In Edmonton as we were pulling out we hit a sparrow on the nose of the plane going up, so the pilot turned us around to get that checked out. We were fine, but that whole process to an hour and a half which put everyone way behind for their connections in Vancouver. I ran to my connection and they were doing the final boarding. I was the second last one on. I kind of wish they’d bumped my flight because then I could have gotten executive class… OH WELL.
The flight over was uneventful but I’m starting to worry about the amount of flying I was doing as I kept having to get up and walk around the plane and massage my arm because I was getting pins and needles in my arm and leg. I noticed after the LA flight back to Canada that I’ve got a lot more varicose veins in my shoulder and one leg that I think I had before.
I watched Terminator, Slumdog millionaire (pretty good) Okuribito or “Departures” which made me bawl like a baby, Year One which was okay but not THAT funny, and half of the new Transformers 2 which I just… Am really sad with that whole franchise so eh.
Got in and Soda was fortunately waiting for me so we took the trains to his place where I promptly passed out I woke up around 3 am, then again at 5 am and 5:30 and 6 and then 7. I woke up with a bit of a headache, flying always leaves me really ill feeling for a few days.
I was a bit pissed off because Soda had taken all the tylonol I’d left there in my medicine bag. He sometimes liked to just take it because it was so strong that when he drank with it, it got him kind of high. Fortunately I’d brought more but this was a dangerous habit of his that I didn’t really appreciate.
Before I left Japan in March Soda started acting strangely. Suddenly, mere weeks before I was about to leave it finally registered with him that I was indeed going. Possibly a combination of how he rarely actually listened to me and denial it took him until the week of my departure to actually talk to me about if I was coming back or not.
I gave him a condition, if he visited me in Canada, I would visit him in Japan and I would come back depending on how these visits went.
A part of me was hoping a year apart would change us both so hopefully we’d slide away from boyfriend and girlfriend and back to “just friends” because after a year of dating I still liked him but could recognize we had not much in common and he frustrated me a lot.
In mid August to early September he visited me and the trip wasn’t terrible but it was a source of aggravation and when I realized just how bad his drinking problem was.
He’d quit his job shortly after I’d left and started playing the stock market, it was a bit like a gambling addiction for him “losing” and “winning” everyday. Not that this mattered but it put a serious kink in our ability to travel around and see the city when he HAD to be home everyday by 5:00pm when the Japanese stock market opened.
I also was working during the time he was visiting mostly because he didn’t tell me he was coming until the last moment, he hadn’t really PLANNED on coming until I told him if He didn’t come visit me in September like he’d promised to, I wouldn’t come and visit him in October like I’d promised to. So he’d booked the ticket pretty much right after that argument.
Because of his restricted schedule and my job in the end because I didn’t enjoy my job after a fight where he blamed our inability to go see my parents not on his unwillingness to go but my working I quit my job just to force him to go.
That was when I realized his drinking was a major problem when he secretly drank all my brothers beer in the basement fridge.
He’d drank all the alcohol in my apartment, not that Ziggy or I minded, she’d gotten a bunch of various alcohol from various housewarming parties and neither of us drank. I thought nothing of his “Two drinks a night” habit since they were all various micro-brewery drinks that he couldn’t get in Japan. But he hadn’t really okayed taking the alcohol from my brother, he just couldn’t sleep unless he was drunk.
When we came back to my place I refused to buy him alcohol but he’d found a liquor store on one of our walks already so got some himself. And got violently ill on a sixpack of the cheapest skunk beer in the place.
Then did it again…
Because he needed the drink more than he could handle it.
It was actually a bit of a relief when he left and I quickly forgot all about it in the joy of my voice acting cruise that was coming up. But it wasn’t something that I could really let go…
any suggestions for someone preparing for the N5? :D
Study study study!
For me listening was the easiest part but reading and grammar was the hardest. I’d recommend going through Genki 1 which basically covers everything you’ll need to know for the N5 test and it makes for a good self study textbook because it clearly explains everything. Do all of the workbook and extra work in the book too!
Also, I know the test isn’t until December but Language isn’t something you can cram for so start studying now. Aim for at minimum 1~2 hours of study 3 days a week, you want to spread out the study sessions so you’re not cramming in a bunch of stuff on one day and forgetting it the next. Do a chapter a week starting now and you’ll be finished the book before the test, then it’s just review and practice for the last week until the test.
Woke up at 7:30 and made sure I had everything, however I still forgot to bring my sandals.
Ziggy dropped me off at the airport since she was picking up her brother in law from the airport the same day. Arriving in Vancouver I met up with Pam, we had a bit of a mix up since she was coming in through the international gate since she was flying in from LA and I was coming in domestic which is on the opposite side. It took us a bit but we figured that out after a while and were able to get together and spot a cab to the port.
HOLY LONG LINE BATMAN!
Waited in a huuuugggggeee like HUUUUUGGGGEEE line for about an hour and a half before someone ran down the line calling for anyone left in our voice acting group.
Pam and I were pulled out but I turned away for a second and they disappeared, I looked around and someone grabbed me and said “hurry hurry get on the boat” and lead me there. I got on the boat and then they asked for a card I was supposed to get earlier but didn’t because someone grabbed me. So they sent me back. Which then at the other gate they didn’t know what to do with me because I had already gone through customs so they had me standing there for like 15 min arguing over what they had to do with me. Finally someone just let me out of the “contained” area and sent me back to the line that was still about 2 hours long. I jumped line to the front and one of the gates people yelled at me and so I did what I do when I get yelled at and I don’t know what I’m doing.
I cried like a bitch.
Which made him feel bad and he lead me to the lady who was supposed to give me a card and then right up to the ship. I hate it when I do that because it’s so weak and stupid but at the same time it is the most effective way of getting people to get you where you need to be. I think it helps that I can still pass as a 15 year old who’s lost their parents.
Finally I get on the boat and met my roommate Leah Cevoli who was Debs Friend at the mandatory ship drill (we put on life vests and line up for getting on the emergency boats) and followed her to register with the group and get my bag of swag. Then I wandered around and tried to complete the scavenger hunt that was part of the voice group. I got a lot, but I still didn’t win.
We went to Debbie Munro’s birthday party which Deb herself missed most of, (lol poor Deb) because she was the orginizer for the trip she was running around so much to make sure everyone else had their things together she hardly had time to get her own things together. After the little “party” O went to dinner where I chatted with Julie Williams and her assistant Pam whom is a “The big bang theory” fan and a star trek nerd. XD
Went dancing after that with Deb and her two daughters and a few other people like George Whittam who was the tech God for our trip.
Did not sleep at all that night because of the motion of the ocean as it were. The boat stabilizers were broken so the ship rocked really hard all night.
uuuggghhh rocky boat.
We arrived in Astoria, I was up quite early and wandered around the boat a bit. Had a bacon filled breakfast with some pancakes that were kinda gross and some french toast that was kinda FABULOUS!! But that might have just been the level of bacon and how they were dried out and I like crunchy french toast.
I went back to the room after hitting the ship library and getting myself a fantasy smut novel. Deb came rushing in and got Leah and I to come with her and her daughters off the boat on what she thought was the last boat to port, (but it wasn’t X_X not by a long shot) We got some water and Deb and her girls (Brandy, her eldest who was replacing one of Debs assistance’s who cut out at the last moment, and Melissa her youngest who is the most mature 14 year old I’ve ever met even though she peppers her words with more “likes” Facebook) decided to take the 3 mile hike up to this tower on a mountain I am not a hiker so I decided to not do that.
Leah and I met up with Pickles (I can’t remember his first name) His friend (I can’t remember his name at all) and a girl with glasses and brown hair whom I also can’t remember the name of. (XoX) I suck at remembering names. We took a cab to the “Goonies” house And passed the school from Kindergarten Cop
After a few pictures Leah and I walked down the beachfront to the port again. I’ll have to get pictures up later since my Camera battery had died by then. *facepalm* Which left me photoless for the rest of the trip, but that’s fine, I’m not really one for taking pictures all that much.
I sunbathed in the shade for a while next to the pool and kept reading my smutty fantasy book (By Anne Bishop I believe, good book too) until about 5:30 then I got dressed and went to Bob Bergen’s comedy show. It wasn’t that bad, funniest part was when it was interrupted by the ship captain and some local historian who felt like telling us about when Lewis and Clark had visited the town of Astoria too or something like that. Very WTF moment.
Then it was dinner, Bob joined us for dessert and we all talked about what we wanted to get out of Voice acting, he spoke of goals and how he felt that people needed very very specific goals for their career or else they’d just float and feel like they didn’t accomplish anything. Bob’s goal was to be the next Porkey Pig. I know my goal is to voice act in Japan which means I need to work a lot harder on my Japanese to be able to get to that level (although the more I research it the more I realize that probably won’t happen.)
Jean Freeman was also at my table, she wants to get into Audiobooks which Bob said there’s really no money in that and he doesn’t know anything about it beyond that.
After dinner I went bowling and bowled a perfect game!
It was kind of epic but because of the waves the ball would randomly curve crooked at points. So it would be going right down the center and then the boat would tip and it would veer directly into the gutter. I just had the worst luck with it since even Pam who had a back problem so was essentially dropping the ball onto the floor still got down one or two pins every round. I was epically bad.
This day was the first day of the workshops. I had Bob all day for the animation voices class. We all got scripts and then each went up to mike and Bob hammered at us until he was satisfied.
Ah vaz Helgah, ah had a very naughty child to scold.
I did okay, Bob said I made good choices with my read but that I need to stop internalizing my read and just convict to what I’m doing and do it. So basically I just need more practice.
I drew pictures of what I imagined the characters of some of the other peoples voices would look like, mostly just doodles in a notebook.
We went to dinner which I can’t remember at all… Then went to Karaoke. I sang… Dirty and Bohemian Rhapsody with the group. Bob came in and sang “New york” as Porkey Pig which actually pissed off some older people who didn’t like that we were all doing character voices up there and they left but one lady realized he was THE Pig and made her husband take pictures. After that I spoke with Bill Holmes and he taught me craps, but the table was closed down so we played 20$ worth of blackjack. I walked away with 45$ and he left with his original $20. I met up with Deb and Leah later and we went to this dance contest. Deb and Leah joined up for a laugh, Leah was partnered with a professional dancer but I think the judges were out to get him so she was out the first round. (T_T)
Deb however was a hoot and she won in the end. (^_^)b
She got a bottle of champagne and a little trophy, I wish I could have taped it but like I said, dead camera.
We arrived in San Fransico but it was also the first day of my period! YAY!!!! (no)
Since it felt like tiny demons were trying to crawl their way out of my uterus I decided today was the day to take advantage of being on vacation. I stayed in bed until noon, ordered room service of chicken fingers and chocolate cake (OMG YESSSSS) and then wobbled out around 2:30 to get to the “cocktail party” in the “Bliss” club room. I actually drank alcohol that night because that’s the best thing to take with pain meds. :D
We went to dinner and I sat with Bob for a bit, then Bill for a bit, then in the end was seated with Deb which she’s always a blast and a half. We all scattered but met up again in Bliss for Karaoke. I sang “Fly me to the Moon” and was told I did a good job after so yay. Bob sang “Blue Christmas” as Porkey again which was funny. “I’ll have a be-bl-bl-bu-be-turquoise c-Christmas..” Bill sang “Under my Skin” which then another producer that he didn’t realize who she was came up and danced with him for that which was cute.
After Bill and I played one quick hand of blackjack and I won 10$ and he lost everything.
Workshops again today. I had my audition with Bill for a little ship contest he was having. But my partner who signed up with me didn’t show so I read with Bills son, Bill pointed out this was a good lesson for me in that if you do partnered auditions make sure you know the other person because they can screw you like that.
Went to Julies “Medical Mumbo Jumbo” class and talked about words I can’t even spell and barely read. Then went to Bills class where we learned to bark like a dog and talked about agents and how to get one.
Went to Debs improve class where I was a box and she talked about filling me and it was totally inappropriate but fun.
Last I went to Joyce Castellanos Promos class which was kind of neat. It’s all about being the voice you hear in the background of movies or being the voice over for when the actors can’t be picked up by the mike and you need to fill in their voices.
That night we had dinner and I got a free bottle of wine which I gave to Bill for playing blackjack with me all the time. I lost 20$ on the table this time so I cut out pretty fast, my rule of thumb when gambling is “Lise your initial investment or three hands in a row? Walk away.”
Leah and I went to the all you can eat Chocolate buffet and got a plate for Deb and her girls who then got their own plates so we had way to many. We took some up to Julie and Pam and I chatted with Bill who gave me a copy of his movie “Stump the Band”
Then it was off to bed.
Landed in LA, got off the boat, got on the boat again, went up to try and get breakfast but as soon as I sat down to get some got called to get back off the boat. X_X Got in line behind Bob so I chatted a bit getting off the boat. Went to Leah’s house and passed out on her couch with her cats then helped her set up for the BBQ wrap up party.
Went to the party, had an awesome time, won a bottle of vodka almost as big as I am. Cracked it open and tried to pawn it off on anyone who would drink but no one really wanted it. Leah took it home in the end. Went home with Leah, Pickles, Deb and her girls. Saw a little car crash in front of Leah’s place that she was not the cause of. But somewhat was.
Basically, she stopped on the side of the road, the car behind her stopped to get into a different lane of traffic to let her get out of her car, the car behind that car stopped too. The car behind THAT car did not stop. Yikes!
PPL IN LA PLZ TO BE GETTING OFF UR CELLPHONES K THX BAI!
Leah dropped me off at the airport after that since my flight was at like 6:30 am which means I had to be at the airport at 4:30am because it was an international flight and it was already 1:00am so I figured I’d best just stay the night there. Froze my non-existant nutsacks off at the airport, Goddamn it was shockingly cold in there, and then I was on my way home.
I have the worst case of Dock Rock ever. I’m on dry stable land and I feel dizzy and rocky and seasick. It’s ridiculous but the entire trip on the boat the stablizers were broken so the ship was constantly rocking for like 6 days. I was wobbly for a week.
While in Japan in 2008 I looked into taking Japanese lessons. Well I had quite a few choices. I could take the government Japanese classes which were 10$ (1000¥) but they only started in May, and the teachers were not actual teachers, just Japanese people who were familiar with the books.The books were kinda crap and of course if you missed a lesson it was like missing it in school, so you were SOL for that lesson.
The classes were kind of like how I taught, only if you didn’t understand something there is no one there you can ask, and you can’t repeat the class. I tried those, but they were at 6am about a 1/2 hr away from where I lived on the day I worked. So unless I was going to re-arrange my schedule around them it was just too inconvenient to take them. (I might start taking them this year 2014)
The other choice was going to one of the Japanese conversation schools. Some of them looked quite sketchy, some of them were around $1000 per month depending on how many lessons you wanted.
The final choice was going to a Japanese University that catered to English Students and take actual Japanese lessons which would include learning Kanji and writing essays and learning conjugation and all that grammar jazz. However as a foreign student I would be paying around 3500$/semester and since classes were 5 days a week for 2 hours in the middle of the afternoon and about an hour away from where I lived and worked. That was 4 hours every day that I couldn’t work.
So doing a little math I figured spending the 2000$ to come back to Canada and the 2000$ to get Japanese lessons here would be cheaper since my rent would be less, my Mom would send me food, I wouldn’t have to pay for heath insurance.
This was one of the reasons I came back to Canada, alongside getting TESL/TESOL certification and just wanting to take a year off.
But I still want to point out that learning Japanese is very important to do if you’re coming to Japan.
(And in hindsight I really recommend the Genki textbooks)
Well this was my last day for work! Good-bye all girls high school! Good-bye Ekaiwa! Good-bye maid cafe’s!
I didn’t have a going away party this time because I knew I was coming back in 6-10 months. Now these are the things that I needed to have in order before I left.
Taxes: If you want to be on good standing with the Japanese Government so you can self sponsor your visa and all that, you need to make sure you’ve got your taxes all together. Make sure to file your taxes on time before you go especially if you’re leaving for an extended trip.
Mail: Make sure you have a friend (preferably one who can speak fluent Japanese) to go to the ward office with you and change your mailing address to their address. (This is something I failed to do, and has bit me in the ass like 3 times.) You NEED this in case you get money back from your taxes, or there is some paperwork you need to file after you’re gone. You’ll have to trust this person to the point that you may want to either leave them your bank card, or open up a joint account as that will make everything easier. (Something I could not trust my boyfriend to do. I lost out on a major tax return because he wouldn’t do the paperwork for me in Japan while I was away.)
Visa: Make sure you have a multiple re-entry permit on your Passport and that it won’t expire while you’re gone. Make sure your work visa won’t expire while you’re gone. (UPDATE: Now-a-days you don’t need a re-entry permit, it’s part of the new Gaigokujin card, but you can’t be out of the country for longer than 6 months.)
Health Insurance: I’m still kinda not sure how the this works so… Good Luck! (UPDATE: You can either pay your insurance in installments or in one shot. If you’re going to leave you can either pay your installments ahead of time until you return, wait until you return and backpay all of them, or pay everything in one shot and not worry about it for the whole year. Check your local ward office with a native speaker if you need help figuring out your insurance.)
In Japan, being an idol is serious business. Getting caught in anything that has the potential of crushing a fan’s dreams could easily result in the idol getting fired. Simple things that common people partake in without as much as a blink of an eye, such as dating, smoking, or even putting on weight, are huge tabo …
I’m not sure how I feel about this.
On one hand I think it’s kinda great, a group that is embellishing weight as being something cute and acceptable.
But at the same time these are basically “non-anorexic” girls of pretty healthy weight. None of them would actually be described as “chubby”
Then again simply having girls as an idol group who are healthy weight and saying it’s cute too is nice, but at the same time calling girls this side “chubby” and saying that they’re “marshmallow girls” is kinda… Well…
What is that saying to girls who are even bigger but just as damn cute?
Ah well at least it’s a step in the right direction and these kinds of bands might help curb the epidemic of eating disorders here.
Unagi Travel is a Japanese travel agency for stuffed animals. For a small tour fee and the cost of shipping your fluffy friends to Japan, they will show them the sights of Tokyo and post adorable photo updates of the entire journey on Facebook.
As some of you might already have guessed, I’m a fan of Japanese girl idols. One of the many, many idol groups in existence today in Japan is NMB48, a Osaka-based spin-off group of the (in)famous AKB48. NMB has a weekly show that’s surprisingly entertaining as well as educational called NMB to Manabu-kun, in which the members of NMB and a few comedians listen to guest lectures by experts in various fields.
Back on May 15th, the theme of the episode was pataphysics/the science of sci-fi. One of the topics of the lecture held by university professor Yanagita Rikao was the age-old question of "WHY ARE MAGICAL GIRLS NEVER ATTACKED WHILE TRANSFORMING???"
This was his answer, based on the magical girl series Futari wa Pretty Cure.
Question: The transformation scenes in Pretty Cure are very long, so why don’t the bad guys attack the girls in the meantime?
"Even when I was little, I was thinking ‘Hey! Attack them now!’"
"I found this odd as well, so I watched the transformation scene many times. And what I noticed is, when the Pretty Cures yell ‘Dual Aurora Wave!’ and transform, a rainbow-colored column of light shoots up from the ground, going BOOM!"
"And then the Pretty Cures levitate, and go up into the air. Based on this, I believe the protagonists of Pretty Cure are being held up in the air by the power of light.”
"When we think of light, we usually think it heats up things or lights up things. But in reality, light has the power to hold up things as well."
"When the sun is beating down on us in the summer, the human body is being pressed downwards by the sun beams with a force of 2/100,000g.”
"But this is only about a one-hundred of the weight of a mosquito, so no matter how hot it is, we don’t feel that sunlight is heavy."
"So that means the light holding them up must be extremely strong. If we assume that the two Pretty Cures each weigh about 45kg and do some calculations…”
"It means the light during the transformation must have the energy of 2,100,000,000kW per 1m2.”
"While the entirety of power that Japan is capable of generating is only 100,000,000kW.”
"So they’re using 21 TIMES the amount of energy the whole of Japan can generate.”
"So what would happen if a bad guy jumped in to try to sabotage their transformation?"
"He would EVAPORATE INSTANTLY.”
“DEATH AWAITS ANYONE WHO DARES TO DISRUPT A PRETTY CURE TRANSFORMATION.”
"So this means the best thing to do would be to transform close to any bad guys."
"Yes. They are the strongest while they transform, and are practically invincible.”
Overall was a pretty good visit back home, but I’m sad to be going back to Japan, I guess that’s the downside of coming to Canada in the summer, the weather is nice and everyone tends to have a spot of free time so I can go around and do a bunch of stuff, but then I have to go home and am sad because boo work.
Had it been winter I would have been itching to get out of here, but now I’m sad to go…