As a birthday gift, Jill took me to Spinning Box yesterday, a.k.a. The Really Silly Masa & Baba Show. How silly? Apart from the singing and the dancing, there were clowns, juggling, KNEE-SOCKS AND LITTLE RED BACKPACKS. And Baba on a tiny unicycle. I'm serious! But most of Spinning Box wasn't. )
Because it seems kind of pointless to pretend to myself that I'll be in bed at a reasonable hour...

I saw the last Harry Potter movie on Friday, and may I just say... Meh. It wasn't just me, either. I went with Kimberly, who's a big fan of the books and the movies, and she was just as underwhelmed as I was. Where was the emotion? Granted, I had pretty much cried myself out for the week, but I expected to at least feel marginally moved. I wasn't in the least.

(@Eda: Except for the pole-dancing scenes, of course, which were pure poetry in leather pants! XDDD)

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Last night, Eda and I met up at Zepp Tokyo to see The Show That Was Cancelled Twice: U-KISS )

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We finished rehearsal early tonight! Well, by early I mean, we finished rehearsal on time! Mostly I think because Inui-sensei wanted to bike home before it started raining again. Too bad, because he was really hitting his stride. "Smile! SU-MA-I-RU!" "I looks like you're sniffing your armpit!" "Waki! Wakiwakiwakiwaki. YOWAI!" "You're sniffing your armpit again!!!"

I've developed the ability to gauge the temperature in the studio before I even look at the display on the little A/C. At least, I can feel the difference between 29, 30 and 31 degrees. 29 is almost comfortable, 30 is hot, and 31 means my hair is so sweaty it looks like I just got caught in the rain.

Speaking of which, when I left home to catch the bus this morning I got completely soaked in the minute it takes me to walk to the bus stop. Not only was the rain coming down in sheets, the wind was such that the rain was coming at me nearly horizontally. By the time I reached the bus stop, my right side (as well as most of my left) was wet to the bone, so I just stood with my right side against the rain to at least try to keep my bag sort of dry. After a few minutes, my right foot was ankle-deep in water -- INSIDE MY RAINBOOT. Since I didn't want to spend the bus ride in a footbath, I wriggled out of the boot and emptied it, to the great amusement of the two other women waiting for the bus.

Luckily, because it's summer school and the pool is out, I had a change of clothes at work: a bikini, an old t-shirt and board shorts, which I quickly changed into because even my underwear was wet.

Bits & Bobs

Jun. 8th, 2011 10:31 pm
I most likely will never get around to writing about them otherwise, so here are some of the things I got up to recently. Please imagine these brief paragraphs as the elaborately detailed posts I meant for them to be, won't you?

K-Pop Extravaganza!

Last month, Eda got her hot little hands on a pair of tickets to the huge K-pop charity concert to raise funds for earthquake relief. There were a million or so acts and it was pretty much a sausage fest, as Eda described it; apart from two girl groups and IU (who is beautiful and adorable and I can't decide whether I want to do dirty things to her or watch her play with kittens), it was all boy bands. So just imagine us spending the evening bouncing along while mostly interchangeable Korean boys DID NOT RIP THEIR SHIRTS OFF on stage. It was actually a bit disappointing! The only guy who obliged was the one wearing the hideous skin-tight pants that he'd obviously stolen from the WWF. Also notable was that when ToHoShinKi (all two of them! XDDD) came out at the end, the entire Saitama Arena went red as the crowd got out its official penlights. "We're in Mordor! D:" I exclaimed. Best act for me was BEAST, who had lots of energy. And it's trashy dance music, what's not to love? Sadly (?!), "Every night I SHARK" actually did sound like "shock" when heard live. Oh, well. It'll always be shark in my head! ^o^

Moving Eda

Last Saturday, Sarah and I helped Eda move. It was pretty much the reverse of what Jill and I helped her do last year, in that this time she moved from Nippori to Nakano. It took two trips, same as last time, but the weather was gorgeous! We discovered that Pickled Nasu Lady has a buddy, Pickled Daikon Lady, in front of whose house I most rudely parked. Not in front of her door, or anything, but in front of the frosted glass window that wasn't even open! She came out and glared at me, but I ignored her, since she wasn't congratulating me on my superior backing up skills. And later, when we were getting reading to leave, she came and asked us what we were doing -- it was so worth it to hear Eda say, in possibly the bitchiest voice I've ever heard her use, "We're programming the navigation system." We didn't see her on the second run, but Pickled Nasu Lady was sitting by the side of the street, and told us, as we drove by, "There's no exit that way." I suppose my very loud peal of laughter wasn't very polite, but didn't she remember us from last year? XDDD

In between runs we had lunch at Big Boy, because that was the only place we could think of that had parking. I'd never eaten at Big Boy before (I only knew of its existence because of Austin Powers, to be honest), and the menu was pretty much just large chunks of meat, but I am in love with the salad bar! For Y600 you can eat mountains of salad, which I did. Who knew salad could be so filling! And I've done some research and found that there's a branch in Choufu within reasonable biking distance from my place. :D~~~

Game of Thrones

This series is SOOOO GOOOOOOOD! There are only two more episodes left to go for this first season, but that just means I'll be able to marathon them all. Tyrion is still amazing; Arya is great; Jon (and Ghost!) are finally getting to see some action; Tywin is perfect; I'll just stop there, because I'm too tired to go into details. Suffice to say, you should watch this series even if you don't know the books. Watch it!


Kids crack me up. I taught my advanced class today (all kids who either graduated from our preschool or are returnees) and the word "boss" came up. I asked them if they knew what it meant, and who their boss was. They came up with, "Mummy and Daddy. And my teacher." So I asked them if they knew who my boss was. Dead silence. "Your mummy?" one girl tried. "No, it's Ms. Y." I pointed at my boss, who was at her desk on the other side of the room, and the look on their faces was priceless. I guess until that moment, the teachers were all just teachers on the same level. Which makes sense, since we all, my boss included, go by "Ms. FirstName". XDDD

Later on, I was giving them sentences and they had to tell me what kind of verb I'd used. I said, "I believe the moon is made of cheese." Chaos ensued! Well, almost. It was the little kid version of OMGWTFBBQ?!?!?!?, so I had to explain the joke, such as it was. At least they all knew that some kinds of cheese have holes in them.


My brain is starting to hate me, and I've really no idea how much of an improvement over my last score I can reasonably expect, but at least I'm studying daily! I'll do one of the practice tests this weekend to get a rough idea of how badly I'll do. I wish I were kidding. -___-;;; At least I'm motivated now! I've got less than a month to go, but I'm more or less where I'd planned to be in my studying. Ideally, I'd have been going through the grammar book again as well, but I don't have the time. I can skim through it easily enough, as grammar is not usually my weak point.

Lady Gaga

I spent most of Sunday with Hannah, eating caaaaaake and shopping wandering through stores and not buying anything. Except for Lady Gaga's latest CD, which is even dancier than I expected. I quite like it, though I'm a bit surprised by how retro it sounds. Sure, everyone was going on about how "Born This Way" is Madonna remixed, but I hear hints of TLC in it too, and more than a bit of late '80s/early '90s Bon Jovi in some other songs. I'm not sure whether it'll grow more on me or whether I'll grow tired of it after a while, as none of the sounds sound as unique to me as "Bad Romance", "Poker Face" or "Telephone".


To get back to the caaaaaake, we hit up the Sweets Paradise in Shibuya at 11:00, expecting it to be full of gyarus, but it was mostly full of ordinary folks, including a birthday party of 8-year-old girls. I guess 11:00 is too early for them -- it takes time to apply those five layers of false lashes, after all!


I've finally managed to translate my chronic (when can one begin to describe it as chronic, anyway?) fatigue into getting to bed at a decent hour. Go me! I've been averaging about 11 to 11:15, which is amazing, considering I used to rarely make it to bed before half past midnight. I feel better in the mornings, though I still can't get myself to study then most of the time, leaving it for the evening. On the other hand, I've been lazy with Travelpod. Bloh. At least I've been uploading pictures? XD;

Time for some reading before bed. I'm thoroughly caught up in World of Wonders, so lets see if I can manage another chapter or two before my eyelids shut of their own volition.
Know what's funny? This is. Also, this. Tears of mirth, people. Tears of mirth.

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You know what I like? Seeing something I enjoy being improved upon. In this case, it was the reboot of tenimyu. What's good about it?

- they cut out the boring parts (i.e. Arai XDDD, and they fit Fudomine into half a show);
- they kept the good songs ("I'm always wiener", V.I.C.T.O.R.Y!, etc.);
- they vastly improved the choreography, or maybe it was just the fact that these guys can dance;
- an Echizen who transcended the script (bratty character made somewhat charming by acting age-apporpriate);
- the cast is adorable and THEY CAN ALL SING! :O

The last point cannot be overstated enough. Echizen and Tezuka were particularly good, and OMG@#$%@^ a Golden Pair that can sing*! Better than decently! *happydance* Both of them! It made their song soooo much more enjoyable.

As I said, the actors are adorable. I wanted to put them in my pockets and take them home with me. The ichinen trio were great, especially Katsuo; Kachiro basically acted like a seven-year-old girl, but girlier. Momo and Kaido were awesome, Fuji was pretty in spite of his horrible hair, Oishi was really sweet, Kikumaru was very bouncy, Taka was BAAANINGU!, Tezuka was a very good robot though his face (and head) seemed kind of large for his body. Kikumaru's head seemed a bit small for his body, but then again, he's all legs. (Of course, compared to the last Kikumaru, who had stubby little legs, anything would look longer, but still.) The only one I was slightly disappointed by was Inui. He wasn't bad, he just wasn't... Inui enough.

Fudomine actually has seven members now, though Tachibana still failed to interest me, except for his little pose at the end; Kamio was quite good, and Shinji had the oddest face -- he looks like a manga drawing come to life.

Leave it to Nanjiro to make a bad joke about cups... XD;

This was my first time seeing tenimyu from the first row, and from that close, the guys' perfectly smooth and hairless legs were at bit distracting. XD William and I joked about being able to see up their noses and count their nose hairs.

During the first half, the actors seemed to keep their eyes firmly fixed on the back of the room, but their gazes started to wander during the second half. Tezuka was singing to me at one point, and he waved at us during the final bows, as did several others. We were kind of hard to miss, four foreigners in the front row as we were!

They locked us in the theatre for a little while after the show so the actors could do their "junbi", that is get behind their little velvet rope, so we got to "Otsukare-sama" a few of the cast members as we filed out, including Ryouma (he's so cute! <3) but not, sadly, Tezuka. I was kind of hoping one of them would try out some English, but none of them did. XD

Really, the weirdest part of the show was how empty the hall seemed. We arrived at Seinenkan around 5:20 or so, and there were a couple of girls waiting outside. That was it. Once inside, it felt like a ghost town, especially when we got to our seats, and no more than 1/10th (if that) of the seats were occupied. It did fill up more, but I'd say the first floor only got to about 90% capacity, and there were only a handful of people on the balcony. I can understand why people who followed the musicals from the start have quit and aren't bothering with the new ones, but it's kind of a shame, given how entertaining this show was. I wasn't expecting the show to suck, but I was very pleasantly surprised by how good it was, and definitely want to see what they'll do with the next one, which will have St. Rudolph AND Yamabuki mashed into one show. I can't help it, dancing tennis will never not be amusing to me. ^_^

* Maybe 3rd cast could? I don't remember, that's how much of an impression they made on me. ^_^; And 5th cast wasn't bad, they just weren't great.

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I seem to have accomplished a whole lot of nothing today, apart from laundry, but I'm going out for a supper of sweets later on, so I suppose I should at least try to do something worthwhile while the sun is still up.
My ears are still ringing, but as we discussed last night, concerts in Japan are nowhere near as loud as they are in North America (and possibly other parts of the world, but I've never been to concerts anywhere but Canada, so I wouldn't know).

Masa's live was great fun, and even though I don't know the songs from his new album well enough to sing along much, he sang some older ones too. And much of the fun comes from him being a dork, and there was plenty of that!

I wish I had a better aural memory. I remember visuals in an incredibly detailed way, but to remember what someone said is pretty tough for me, even in English or French. I'll remember the gist of it, but exact wording? Not so much. So I can't, unfortunately, remember Masa's best lines -- he was practically doing a stand-up routine at one point, and it was hilarious. But what had me choking on laughter was when he introduced the band members, and the guitarist called him "Ma-kun". The whole audience started chanting, "Ma-kun! Ma-kun! Ma-kun!" and initially, he started complaining that only his kindergarten teacher should call him that, or something. But we wouldn't shut up, so he finally just went with it, and started doing this dorky little dance to the rhythm of "Ma-kun! Ma-kun! Ma-kun!" That alone makes the DVD worth it, for me. XDDD

And also, his great hero Nakajima... gah, I can never remember his name. Anyway, the guy he fangasmed over at his first live, who wrote a song for him, was there. Nakajima did two songs with him, and Masa had this enormous grin on his face the whole time. It was adorable, actually. When Nakajima left the stage, Masa indulged in some actual flailing and looked like he was about to explode from the excitement. Eda and I looked at each other: "I think he just came."

Masa's new hair (bleached, with the roots showing big time now) makes him look like a hedgehog.

Another hilarious part of the evening was spotting a guy who I thought was Baba looking very bored in a fedora on the 2nd floor balcony. It turned out to be him, in fact; when we walked into the lobby afterward, we heard girls shrieking and there he was, standing in a corner behind a VIP rope, still looking bored. He looked like a mannequin. XDDD

I must leave to get my hair cut now, so I'll talk to you later! ^_^
How hot was it today? Hot enough that when I put a second coat of nail polish on my toenails, then wore strappy sandles an hour later, the polish was totally ruined -- including the first layer which I put on three days ago. But that's not important right now!

U-KISS!!! *____*

[I'm sure Eda will write up a better review, since she actually knows these guys, and she's way funnier than I am!]

The show started at 6, but they were supposed to start selling the goods at 4... Maybe somewhere else, because I was there before 4, got in line, and waited... and waited... Eda arrived, and we waited... It was 5 o'clock and still we waited... Finally, they opened the doors and we got our penlights on the way in. While we waited for the show to begin, we tried -- and failed -- to take pictures of the stage, which had sparkly stuff going on. We were very excited about the prospect of even more shiny things occurring, then wondered what would happen if U-KISS and ON/OFF were put in a room together. "Like... a spontaneous ejaculation of sparkles!"

U-KISS were awesome! So funny! So much fun! :D Unfortunately, it wasn't so much a concert as a promotional tour (actually the event was "Seoul Train", so an event to promote Korean groups, and this was... the 4th one, maybe?). There was an opening act, Sponge Band -- and maybe it's because I work with young children, but as soon as I hear "sponge" my brain supplies "-bob Squarepants" -- whose bass player was adorable (except I didn't like her shoes), who played three songs and got a little talk session. Then U-KISS came out, sang a song, talked a bit, sang a couple more songs, were seated for a long talk portion, sang their "last song", then came out for an encore for their real last song.

Their first was "Binggeul Binggeul", and omg, I'd laughed when Eda showed me the video, but in person, the dance is kinda hot! And also, tight black jeans FTW! 8D Then they sang "End of the Road". Yeah, the Boyz II Men one. Seriously, WHY?!?!? They didn't do it too badly, but who cares if they don't have any ballads of their own, obviously we didn't come to see them sing ballads! We want more trashy dance music!!! They also sang "Mworago" and... what was the next one? The encore was "Man man ha ni", which was kind of obvious, since they'd given a dance lesson about it during the talk segment. (Alexander: "No, no, you can't do it with a big grin!" *does little x of ダメ*)

I'm forgetting a song, aren't I? I listend to the album on the way home, and now I'm all confused. ;___;

Damn, now I feel I need to learn their names. Googling doesn't help as much as it should, because they keep changing their hair! So I can't go around thinking of them as "the blond elf" or "super bleach boy", because who knows what their hair will look like next week?

It was a shame Eda and I weren't seated together, though we each had good seats, me in row 6 and she in row 8. But I think we both had more than enough fun each on our own side of the hall; for my part, I couldn't stop laughing during the talk portion of the show!

First of all, they made one guy (was it Soohyun?) do an impression of himself slipping during a song and flopping around on the stage like a fish (their exact words). Then we learned which one of them is dumb enough to eat dog food. And soap. ("It looked like little candies.") Then there was gratuitous ab flashing!

They were also asked if there was any place in particular they wanted to go in Japan. "Disneyland!" "The top of the Oricon chart!" "Into everybody's heart!" XDDD

Alexander stole the show, what with his finger wagging and his little x of ダメ, and as much eyeliner as the whole of the audience combined. His hair was kind of lame, though. Did the hair people spend so much time sculpting the other guys' coiffs that they had no time left for him?

Kevin (he was the blond elf with all the pearls hanging from his shoulder, right?) was the one I liked looking at the best, though Super Bleach Kiseop is also really pretty; I was just distracted by his majestic sweep of hair. 8D Eli spends way too much time at the gym, and Dongho has huge ears and looks like he's in elementary school (his lip synching to the interpreter was hilarious!), but overall, I think I have to add U-KISS members to the category of Guys Who Do It For Me (formerly comprised mainly of tall Chinese guys, i.e. the cast of Chinese Prince of Tennis XD).

So I was wondering how guys who wear that much make-up could still come across as manly (mostly... XD), but then I remembered that I live in Japan, which is answer enough. XD;

Apart from the disappointment of them only singing a few songs, I really, really regret not having my camera with me. If only I'd know they'd do a... what did they call it again, a "Photogenic Corner" or something? Anyway, we were encouraged to take pictures while the guys posed for a couple of minutes. Oh, if only I'd had my baby and its zoom lens... DX

Now, they need to come back to Japan and do a proper concert! Their songs are exactly what would happen if someone had tapped into my brain and wrote music guaranteed to make me want to dance.

Come back soon, U-KISS, come baaaaaaaaaaack! <3
This evening, I had the honour of witnessing a very, very special dance performance featuring everybody's favourite hot dork (Masa) and Luke "Little Luke" C. We knew next to nothing about the show going in, so were prepared for anything... except perhaps what we got, which the letters "wtf" do not even begin to describe.

In a surprise move, I preordered the DVD, because this show deserves to be shared and screencapped and commented on at length. I'm looking forward to actually being able to write up my version of the story with pictoral evidence at hand. And then we can compare it to this review and laugh at how bad my memory is! XD

In the meantime, bug Eda for her spot-on translation ("And it was, like, dark, and there were, like, waves fucking up our ship...") of the story as it is explained in the pamphlet. The pamphlet that I sadly do not own, because they were sold out and I let Marianne have the last one.

Before I start the review, I must relate my incredible ticket luck. Marianne and I randomly got tickets N1 and N2 from Jill, but when we went into the hall, the ticket-taker asked us to come to the side. I wondered if they were going to tell us our tickets were bad, or something, but then she explained that there would be a camera in front of our seats, so they were giving us different seats instead. We ended up in K13 and K14, which were first row after the centre aisle, and on the side. "Oh, if only this were tenimyu, they'd be the best seats ever!" we remarked. TBC...

The King of the Gay Cowboys and the Tranny Green Giant - as told by me )

ETA: I also forgot to mention that at one point, Famous Guy sweeps out of the wings wearing a very long cape with a high, pointy collar. My reaction was, "... huh, they didn't even line the cape! SHODDY COSTUMING JOB!" Before you laugh at me for noticing this, may I point out that if you don't line a cape, you a) see the seams and then it looks like a rush job and b) it doesn't flow as dramatically as it would if it were weighed down by lining.

So there you have it. Stay tuned for my screencaps of the DVD, which should be out at the end of May. おたのしみに!
Herein lies the tragic, tragic tale of The Girl Who Felt Horrible at Tenimyu: sickness and gross stuff go here )

But enough about that, let's talk about fun things!

Yesterday, I bought a turkey! And Emily and I got our hair cut! I hope she posts a picture of her new do, because she looks adorable. Mine is shorter (not as short as the last cut, though) and my first colour experiment was a success! Not quite as dramatic as I was originally thinking, since it would have taken too long to do the full dye -- as it was, I slipped into the theatre after the show had started -- but lots of pale gold highlights on top. I like. The colourist seemed loath to do anything to my hair, though; she said it was "mottainai" since she liked my natural colour so much. This isn't the first time a Japanese hairstylist has said so, and now I'm wondering whether a) people here are actually trying for a used-to-be-blonde-but-isn't-anymore colour, and b) why anyone would aim for that colour to begin with. It's not a bad colour, it just... isn't very interesting.

Since I went short last year, I've been amusing myself in the mornings by comparing my bedhead to various tenipuri characters' coiffures. I've gone through the Eiji, the Oshitari Kenya, the Tezuka, and managed a passable Yagyuu; I fully expect to wake up with a Hiyoshi someday soon. XD

Speaking of things tennis-related, I saw the latest chapter of tenimyu twice this weekend. What did I think? )

All right, enough of that, I need to eat something. Also, I want to clean up my apartment some. At least that way, my day won't have been completely mottainai.
Gentle reminder: post-JLPT celebration starts at Berry Café in Ginza! Let's meet at Ginza Station exit C8 at 4:00 or so. Will later move on to a yet-to-be-determined drinking establishment. Who's coming? Comment or text me!

Last night, Eda and I indulged our sparkle fetish fine appreciation for things of a sparkly nature. :D Here be a concert review: )

I just finished a last-minute practice test (the 2004 one, specifically) with a result of... 56%. And that was in sub-optimal conditions, with Tabitha alternating between running around and being evil and then being cute and demanding attention, so the result may be slightly skewed, though I guess my exhaustion balanced out my lucky wild guesses... That's honestly higher than I expected, so yay? On the other hand, it's good luck for the final rehearsal to be a disaster, so...

Either way, it'll be over tomorrow, so I'll finally be able to relax! Ahahahaha. Actually, no, I'm going to be busy for the rest of my life, it seems. I'm going to have to block out a couple of days in my two-week winter holiday for me-time, if I want to get any relaxing in! >_<

K and I laid waste to Nippori today, with my handy dandy 10% discount postcard from Tomato. K had brought her suitcase, I had two large bags, and we shopped for a solid 2 1/2 hours. I believe the technical term for the amount of fabric we bought is "good lord, ladies, learn to control yourselves!" (metric). I was unable to resist all the cute can-be-Christmassy-if-you-want-it-to-be prints, and then I saw a blueberry print. For realz. I believe I squealed. "What are you going to make with it?" K wanted to know. "I don't know! 8D If I can't think of anything, I'll just fondle it! 8D" She laughed at me. ;___;

After that, we had lunch at Bubba Gump's by the Tokyo Dome. We got there at around 2, and the line for the Arashi concert was already snaking all over the site. Pretty much all women, of course, though we did see one guy who looked to be in his late 40's, accompanying a teenager. "Aw, a dad taking his daughter to the concert, that's so cute!" Or at least, waiting in line with her to get goods. XD

I'd never had a meal at Bubba Gump's before, only drinks, but K had warned me about the size of the portions... Indeed, her order of fried chicken was 2 enormous pieces (she took a whole one home), and I had to eat half the fried shrimps on my po' boy before I could even contemplate eating it like a proper sandwich. I guess you get your money's worth, considering I'm not even remotely hungry yet, nearly seven hours later! Also, we split a (huge) dessert. "Since neither of us will want supper tonight anyway, we might as well! :D"

It was raining hard by the time we left. The umbrella vending machine at Suidobashi, which I'd noticed a guy restocking earlier in the afternoon, was empty.

Now I should start getting ready for bed, so I don't sleep through my alarm like I did this morning... And I'd wanted to be all productive this evening and tidy up and write cards and put up my Christmas tree! I guess I can do the tree and leave the tidying up for another day. XD
Yesterday was bad and good. The bad was me being lazy and not getting as much done as I'd have liked, then not thinking about which station I was getting off at, then overshooting when I tried to walk to the correct station. And then the taxi driver failed by taking me to the wrong station, but finally things were sorted out and I caught up with Eda inside the venue (Akasaka Blitz), after being stuck behind some old ladies at the drink bar who were just standing there with their tea, blocking everbody's path. Akasaka Blitz, please to be rethinking your lobby layout, it was way too cramped and hard to move around in, even without the obaasan tea drinkers.

So yes, we were there to see the 4th installment of Pati Nights, which you may remember from back in March, when I renamed version 3.0 Sparkle Fest due to its fabulously sparkly line-up.

This time the billing was not half as shiny (except for the Sparkle Twins and Furukawa Yuuta -- more on them later), but the show was still quite enjoyable. So if you want to read what I think about The Path of Manliness, Shirota Yuu's brother's Lame Silver Shirt of Doom, the giraffe neck, the Sparkle Twins' new look, and Sebastian, clicky click click! )
Yes, my shiny new three-year visa, let me show you it. Or not. But it's here in my passport, and it's preeeeeetty. ^.^

Not so pretty was having to go out to Tachikawa to get it. Seriously, that place is so depressing, I think I'd go mad if I had to live there. Around the station is not so bad, but the rest of what I saw from the bus, around the immigration office and walking back to the station by a different route, was mind-numbingly grey and sad. Except for the Chinese restaurants I walked by, they were wonderful. At least, they smelled wonderful.

Anyone want to find some dim sum with me?

Last night was fabulous. Well, my mad dash from Kichijouji to Ikebukuro -- with 6 minutes spent squished against the doors of the train on the Saikyou line, barely able to breathe -- wasn't so great, but Kuroshitsuji musical? Oh, so good. I went in knowing the bare minimum about the characters, having only read the first chapter of the manga, but I emerged even more convinced I'm going to enjoy it quite a bit. The Undertaker was awesome! I only wonder how on earth he could see through his wig, because I was right up in the second row and I only once caught a glimpse of one of his eyes. XD

Rainy season-induced fluffiness notwithstanding, I really like my hair this length. Now I'm trying for a sort of garçonne look, and wish I hadn't so assiduously plucked my eyebrows during my teenage years. Not that I ever over-plucked them, and I've never been sorry I nipped the unibrow in the bud, but a little thicker would be nice... /whine

My apartment seems deserted now that Becca and V are gone. A is still here, but there's only one of him. I started him on Prince of Tennis last night (he's watching as I type, chuckling to himself), and we had a long discussion about which BL movie he should watch. My answer: Boys Love, just to laugh at the ending!

No I'm going to potter around and get ready for bed, because once again this weekend ne sera pas de tout repos.
I have a goal, my friends, and it is two-fold: first, that I should to be in bed by midnight, and second, that I should write about my weekend before going to bed. Will I succeed? We shall see.

Yesterday was hanami at Shinjuku Gyouen, though the sakura weren't quite au rendez-vous. Next week should be perfect. I'd never been to that park before, so I didn't know that the ticket gate would not give back the ticket, and so didn't take a picture of the highly amusing Engrish on it. But I plan to go back, at which point I will be sure to get photographic evidence.

After that, I wandered around Shinjuku with Tammy, trying to help her get a bus ticket to go visit her sister. First we tried the JR highway bus terminal, but were told we had to go to the west exit of the station. Once there, we could find nowhere selling bus tickets, and finally the guys at the sightseeing counter managed to figure out that Tammy needed a Keio bus, so sent us to the Keio bus ticket booth, which is not in the station proper, but by Yodobashi Camera. Except when we got there, we saw that they only sold same-day tickets... Dum dum dum! But a kindly old security guard showed us the hidden door and the secret staircase up to the second-floor office where you can buy advance tickets.

Once that was done, we came back to my place to watch my NOT FOR SALE DVD of Imperial Presence 5B, which I hadn't yet watched. I like 5th Seigaku, and their Eiji is adorable! So bouncy and cheerful. We had a grand time, eating cookies and adding colour commentary to the show.

We were hungry afterwards, so we went over to Grazie Garden (the restaurant nearest my apartment, because McDonald's doesn't count! :P) and shared a 4-cheese pizza drizzled with honey. I liked it! :D

This morning I headed out for some more hanami. This time it was at Ueno park, where the cherry blossoms were more cooperative, and further along in their blooming. We shared chocolates and various types of chips, including some spicy meat sauce-flavoured things which were not all that good.

Laura and I couldn't stay for too long, because we had to go to Shibuya to line up for goods for Masa's live. It turns out that you needed to buy a polo shirt or a hoodie to get the beer mug, and I only wanted to buy the CD, so no beer mug for me. I did, however, get two free photos. They're pretty. ^_^

And now, what you've all been waiting for... the show! :D )
Yesterday was the last of Three Days of Jill and Eda, which started on Thursday with Masa's show and culminated on Saturday with Sparkle Fest 2009!

Friday I got to spend some time with Erynn in Shibuya, and because she is my random-old-anime-song soulmate, we had to subject everyone else to songs from Marmalade Boy, KareKano and Gundam Wing at karaoke. *feels no shame*

Later on, after we'd seen Erynn off, we headed to Shimokitazawa for Y399 drinks and eats, ostensibly to celebrate my divorce. I thought there would be maybe four or five of us, but we ended up being a Large Party of Foreigners: 9 people! I was happy to see everyone, and the evening was a lot of fun, so thank you all for coming! ^_^ Not only did I win the Goya Battle (can I be Goya no ohimesama?), but there was lots of good food and lots of silly drinks (Rabburii! Honey umeshu! Mango beer! :D) and general silliness at the table, including but not limited to certain people declaring that a certain clearish white liquid resembled another clearish white liquid and then posing for pictures with it on her face. XDDD Then, to finish up the evening, a few of us went to Shinjuku with Leah and hung around in her hotel room until it was time to catch our trains home. Good times. I nearly cracked a rib laughing! ^__^

Yesterday I went to Odaiba for the first time*, to go to Zepp Tokyo. We ate, walked around a bit, I resisted temptation and bought no shoes or cute earrings! The only thing I bought, apart from food and drinks, was an ON/OFF washcloth.

Did you know that scalpers in Japan have uniforms? At least, if the signs are to be believed, they do. Do not do business with anyone dressed like this: )

After standing in line for ages out in the wind -- our ticket numbers were so high we were in the last group to be let in! -- we were finally let into the venue, at which point we had to wait around. But it was so, so worth it, because Sparkle Fest was amazing. Not only was Kimeru nearly out-gayed by Masa (only his rhinestone-studded pants saved him!), but the Sparkle Twins out-sparkled everyone. Because that's just what they do. Read all about it! )

Final verdict: HELL YEAH!!!

Today I did Nothing with K, which translates as us both being late to meet for pancakes, then going over to her place to watch movies and tv and make fun of her dogs, who seemed to think that we should be sharing our popcorn and Oreos and pizza with them. @_@

How is it that after a three-day weekend, I'm more tired than I normally am after a five-day work week? Fushigi ne~~~

* Technically not really, but I'd only ever been to go specifically to Tokyo Big Sight or to the Oedo onsen before, so this was my first time looking around a bit at the shops and all that.

** The kind of music that, mukashi mukashi, M-P accurately dubbed "musique de coma". XD



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