nintendoh: (AIM)
It has been too long and I am sorry about that. It's just been hard to get myself to write. Quick catch up on the past few weeks:

  • Been enjoying cooking recently. Finding it to be a satisfying, kind of cathartic experience. Especially combined with wine and either music or Netflix. Highlight dishes of the past few weeks: Thai green curry, kabocha pumpkin mash (with cinnamon and a bit of sugar), Mediterranean pasta (guess who got artichoke hearts from Costcooooo?), pumpkin stew, and kasu-jiru.

  • N1 study is going as well as it can. I am digesting it all just fine and feeling good in that regard. But it is inspiring some fits of FUTURE ANXIETY, mostly due to my own impatience. I JUST WANT TO BE PERFECT AND CONFIDENT AND, LIKE, CAREER-STARTY ALREADY.

  • Harry Potter reread is going well! I'm halfway through Goblet of Fire now and really enjoying myself. It has been a really long time since I have seen the movie and even longer since I have read the book and there are a lot of details I have forgotten.

  • I saw Star Wars for a second time on my local theater's discount ticket day a few weeks back. STILL AWESOME.

  • Last Thursday was a public holiday. A rich private student took me and some staff out to a nice sushi place. It was delicious. Natsuki (friend who took me to see my friend in Awaji Island last fall) was there, and after lunch we sat in a cafe and had a nice long nerd talk about videogames and manga. Yayyyy.

  • ...and the cafe was Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf! They just opened a store in Osaka, which seemed kind of random to me until Donna told me it's popular in Korea. She actually thought it was a Korean chain before I told her otherwise.

  • Last weekend we ate out a lot! Had BOMB indian food with Melissa and Keita, then Mexican with Donna. Yummmmmm.

  • Finished Sen no Kiseki. Probably the slowest paced of the Kiseki series I have played so far, but the ending got me all hyped and I can't wait to play II.

  • Today is the release day for Ikenie to Yuki no Setsuna, one my most hyped games of 2016. Unfortunately, word started spreading yesterday on Japanese twitter and nerd-sites that the Vita version has issues. Text is small and hard to read on the Vita screen. There are long loading times, even a few seconds between going in and out of a house in a village. There is regular slowdown in battles and menus. And there are cases of the game crashing. Boo. Really wanted to Day One this, and I've been looking forward to going out and picking it up all week, but I dunno. I can deal with the first couple of issues, but crashes and slowdowns are no fun. So I guess I'll have to wait for a Vita patch or play it whenever it is I decide to get a PS4 (cuz btw, that version plays perfectly). Either way, feeling kind of disappointed.T_T

Update.

Sep. 14th, 2015 09:41 am
nintendoh: (Eye rolling)
So my last two entries were not about current going-ons at all. There isn't a whole lot to cover, though. It was an easy work week, but goddammit everyone around me was sick. I've been fighting falling into legit cold space for the past few weeks, but they pushed me! Started feeling crappy Friday and Saturday I just kinda physically collapsed after work. Stayed in all evening and all of Sunday, don't have a lot of hope for today either.

...BUT ONTO SOME SILLY/FUN STUFF:

Disneyland! Netflix! Gremlins! Fire Emblem! )
nintendoh: (Rollin I guess)
  • Less than a week until I'm on a plane to California! I am excited, but at the same time it still isn't really feeling real?

  • We went to see the new Pixar movie, Inside Out, on Sunday as it had just come out. Loved it and definitely cried on two or three occasions. Also had NO idea Amy Poehler was voicing Joy beforehand, so that was a pleasant surprise.

  • Monday I got new glasses! Got one weak pair with "PC Lenses" (aka lenses that cut supposedly harmful blue LED light) for computer/games/general around the house time, and a stronger pair at regular strength for work and being out an about. The weaker pair is in this style in black, which is a bit of an image change for me, but they look good on me. Makes me feel a bit older? My stronger glasses are in this style in brown. Similar to what I've been wearing over the years, but the lenses are a bit bigger than usual (same with the weak ones, actually). So a slight image change, but not as major.

  • Katsushi and I have been watching my favorite Japanese drama, Suika, over the past week or so. Tonight we will watch the final episode. Watching it is a summer tradition of mine and this is Katushi's first time with it (last summer they released books of the script and I read those instead of watching, so he didn't have the opportunity our first summer living together) and he loves it as well. Glad to be able to share the love.

  • Speaking of Suika, over the weekend I picked up a collection of essays by Kobayashi Satomi, the lead actress of the show. I'm planning on reading it over vacation. Should make for perfect lake-side material!
nintendoh: (Eye rolling)
Monday after I updated, Katsushi and I went to the movies to see Bakemono no Ko (Official English title: The Boy and the Beast), Hosoda Mamoru's new film. Katsushi and I both weren't sure we would like it from the trailer, but Hosoda is a solid director that we both enjoy and we should have just had faith, because it was a pretty decent movie. Definitely exceeded my expectations. Doesn't hit hard emotionally like Wolf Children does, but still a fun, summer-y kind of movie.

After work on Tuesday I started to feel really bad. At first I thought it was food poisoning or something, but turns out it was (mild?) heat stroke. This is the first time it's ever happened to me and man, I need to make sure it doesn't happen again because I felt pretty damn miserable.

I am feeling better than yesterday, though. My body is back to correctly regulating it's body temperature, but I slept terribly and my body is still mildly achey, so I canceled my Japanese lesson for this morning and called out sick at work (as soon as the words "heat stroke" crossed my lips the people in personnel were like "STAY HOME STAY HOME"). Just gonna stay inside my air conditioned apartment all day long and rest up, because today is supposed to be another scorcher.

This is my first sick day in a good, long while. It's terrible but I'm also kind of looking forward to it. Time flows differently on sick days, don't you think? Have no idea what I'm going to do with myself.

Space.

May. 13th, 2015 11:46 am
nintendoh: (grainy boy)
We're into the first full week of work post-Golden Week, and as such starts what is probably my least favorite stretch of the work year. The period between now and summer vacation is a bit ick. You start to fully realize the issues you will have with the new group of kids and there are no real mental breaks. It's just a straight shot of 12ish weeks, made worse by the weather. Soon it will start getting warmer, then the humidity will spike, rainy season will come and go and then it will get REALLY hot. The weather is such a physical and mental strain on me. I don't sleep as well and am more prone to slumps.

But this summer I will prevail! Using the upcoming trip home to help keep me positive and motivated. YOU WON'T GET ME THIS TIME, JAPANESE SUMMER!

Anyway, on to life stuff:

Movie, shelves, video games exhausting me or whatever )
nintendoh: (Drank those games)
Felt really exhausted after the end of the work week. It wasn't a particularly rough week, maybe it's just the awkward time of year (temp fluctuations from winter and spring duking it out)? I dunno. Woke up this morning feeling kinda bad, so Katsushi insisted I just take it easy today.

Some points of discussion:

  • Finished up Zero no Kiseki last night! I had so much fun with the thing that I didn't really want it to be over. There is a direct continuation, Ao no Kiseki, but I'm currently battling with myself over whether I think I should try to undertake it now, as XENOBLADE MONTH draws so near. Zero took me close to 80 hours, and I hear Ao is even bigger a game. Playing that right before two massive games, plus the fact the last couple games I played (P3P, PQ) were also quite massive as well, I'm wondering if it wouldn't be a good idea to play something a bit light this month instead. But on the other hand, if I don't do the sequel now I won't get the chance for a while. CONFLICTED.

  • Last night Judge! was on TV. It was a pretty silly movie, but for some reason made me feel kinda sad. The main character is treated like shit and taken advantage of by the people he works with (such is the premise of the movie, essentially), and basically everyone in the movie is an asshole or gleefully dense. Even though the main character gets a kind of hollywood ending (helps do the right thing at the international competition, earns the respect of many, gets the girl etc), the people that took advantage of him in Japan are still shitty people who will probably try to take advantage of him again. :/ But whatever, it's just a comedy (and not a particularly smart one), right? That's not the point, right? Right?

    In any case, it starred my boy Tsumabuki Satoshi, who was as cute as ever. Plus there's a scene of him in nothing but his undies, which I suppose is all one really needs.

  • Spanish review on Duolingo is going well! I'm on a ten day streak, so yay to that! The same time I started doing duolingo I also thought I'd try to reteach myself the hangul alphabet and listened to a couple Talk to me in Korean podcasts, but that's not going well. Haven't touched it in a week. Think I'll just focus on Spanish for the time being.

  • Been reading FMA this afternoon. :D Decided to start the series over before going on to the new books I picked up last month, but with the way Zero no Kiseki CONSUMED ME that month, didn't make much progress. But with the game done, now I can! :D

  • My gmail has been a mess for years (partly due to me being lazy, and also because back when I used an email client/program to check my mail, me deleting it off my PC's inbox somehow didn't translate to it deleting from my web inbox), and I had quite an intimidating amount of stuff tucked away in my "All Mail" folder. But today I went through it all, picking out the few emails I needed to keep and deleting the rest. This amounted to 5 or 6,000 messages getting the boot. @_@ It was a pain in the ASS, but my inbox has been completely cleaned out and I feel great about it!
nintendoh: (miyamoto being a badass)
Well, it's October, and that means a lot of things for me, the most immediate bit being that my company's summer "Cool Biz" dress code (essentially meaning no ties) is over. October 1st is always a sad day for me in that regard.

Had a pretty decent weekend. On Sunday Katsushi and I went to see Guardians of the Galaxy, which we both enjoyed quite a bit. We both kind of want to read the comic now, so we will investigate our options when we go to the States over the winter holidays.

After the movie we checked out City Bakery, a shop from New York that recently opened a branch in Umeda, as I'd recently been hearing about from students and coworkers. Their claim to fame is their pretzel croissant, but I think personally I was more excited by the cornbread. REAL CORNBREAD! IN JAPAN! A lot of their (awesome) muffins also used cornmeal, and they also had buttermilk biscuits and some killer cookies. Definitely a new favorite shop of mine!

I started watching Bob's Burgers this week, and I think I'm really liking it. Katsushi sat down and watched an episode with me and afterwards was like "What the hell was that?" But when I told him I watched an episode without him yesterday he was like "You should have watched it with me...." So, haha, I guess he likes it a bit too?

Also, my Kingdom Hearts shipped this morning. Should be here tomorrow. SO EXCITED! And lastly, has anyone seen the new adorable new 3DS commercial? Not really a fan of Ms. Pamyu pamyu but I have to say I love this. JUST LOOK AT GENTLEMAN LINK. AND BOWSER WITH GLASSES. :3

Oh, yikes.

Dec. 24th, 2013 11:07 am
nintendoh: (Mog looking up)
Happy Christmas Eve, everyone! I feel like there have been so many talking points since the last entry...how did I manage to go five/six days without an update?

  • First, we have a Christmas-like tree! Came home from work Wednesday or Thursday night last week to find Katsushi had bought a small potted tree. Guess all my whining payed off? Hah! It has no decorations because the branches are a bit too delicate, but hooray tree!

  • Christmas lessons at work this year were such a pain. The crafts were so messy and two of three of my schools hadn't properly collected the necessary materials before them and put them all in the classroom, so I had to run around the school looking for them. Very stressful.

  • One of my schools particularly annoyed me last week because they threw some model lessons at me with little/no notice (READ: this is technically against the rules), one of which was with an 8/9 year old kid who bolted for the door every chance he got, meaning the parents stayed in the room for the lesson and had to hold him down most of the time. No joking or exaggerating, it was the worst model lesson I've ever had. -_-

  • Katsushi and I went to to see the new Ghibli film, Kaguya Hime no Monogatari, this weekend and I cannot express how lovely it was. The animation, music, and story were entrancing. It was such a moving piece of art and I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend it whenever it reaches your area.

  • After the movie we went to the book store, and amongst other things I got a really awesome book called Cookie Heaven, which is to be my cookie making bible, perhaps. I had a lot of fun looking through it page by page and seeing all the cookies I want to try making! YAY COOKIES!

  • And now for silly stuff! FFVI, Zelda, Nintendo )


Today is my last day of work before winter vacation. I have to go a little farther than my normal school today, and my shift ends slightly later than usual, which means I probably won't be home until around 11 tonight. That's a bit balls, but what can you do? I just can't wait to get it over with so I can enjoy my time off.
nintendoh: (balloooooons)
Well, the weekend was good! Exactly the kind of weekend needed to recover from post-trip home blues. Saturday it started with one of my little 3 year olds giving me this tiny little goya (bitter melon). JUST LOOK AT HOW CUTE IT IS.

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Made me smile a bit. Anyway, after work Katsushi and I went to the Okinawan restaurant in my neighborhood that is quickly becoming my new favorite place and we spent a nice, relaxed 4+ hours there eating and drinking Awamori. It was the beeest!

Sunday morning the rain was INTENSE, but by lunchtime things had calmed down, so we went to Umeda, had a light lunch and Bagel&Bagel, then went to see the new Star Trek. I enjoyed it a hell of a lot more than I thought I would, and I dunno if this is the ~correct~ fandom response or not, but I was a lot more impressed with it than I was with Pacific Rim (which honestly, didn't interest me as far as plot and characters). Katsushi admitted to me he had never seen the first of the reboot movies, so next weekend we are going to try renting it. Yay!

After the movie we went and checked out Osaka's modest Oktoberfest. Don't think I've ever paid so much for a pint of beer in my life, but it was pretty fun!

Monday was a typical down day. Did my chores and talked to my parents and did some dorky stuff. Good times!

The weather last week was terribly hot, then we got a big cooling down thanks to a big storm that passed through. It's still gonna be pretty warm for a while, but it officially feels like The Worst Is Over and that Japan is starting to make it's transition away from summer. Neat!

Oh, and did I tell you all that I picked up my work visa extension last week? Japan life is now clear through fall 2016! Who knows if I'll be there till then, but yay anyway!
nintendoh: (Just like all the other boys)
Been back in Japan for a few days and am feeling very greatful that I decided to give myself three days to recover from jetlag before work, because I'm sitting here on my last day of vacation and feeling...mostly normal. I slept in until 6:30 this morning! And not, like, a wake-up-at-4am-and-lie-in-bed-for-a-couple-hours kind of thing, I really slept straight through! Amaaaazing!

I'm really not feeling up to vacation events talk too much yet, as I'm still stuck in that post trip home thing where I can't really believe I live/have lived in any country and wish I could be everywhere at once. So, some notes on other stuff.

  • While at home, in an attempt to not completely forget Japanese, I read through my complete collection of Japanese Rurouni Kenshin volumes I collected in my youth, just this time without the aide of text translations. It was my first time reading them in over 10 years and man, Rurouni Kenshin. <3 I almost had forgotten how much I loved this series. I still love the Revenge arc the best for some reason, even though Kyoto arc is (rightfully) the most popular.

  • Katsushi and I went to see Pacific Rim yesterday. I think the hype machine of a month or two on tumblr where all my friends were RAVING made my expectations a bit too high, but I still enjoyed myself. The plot was simple, the dialogue was cheesy and the characters were cookie cutter and predictable, but it was fun and the action scenes were enjoyable. I'd definitely watch the sequel! I just hope the cast is a little more diverse next time and as Katsushi hoped, that the Jaegers would have more fantastical powers ala the Japanese mecha genre. Screw realism, give us giant light sabers and shit!

  • While I was in the States I watched all of Bravest Warriors on youtube and love love loved it! That also led me to finally go down the rabbit hole that is Adventure Time. Picked up the Blu Ray releases and started watching season one when I got home. Super weird and fun! Yay! I always knew I'd love it, I just hadn't got around to it!

  • Amongst my anime DVD purchases from the US was the Bubblegum Crisis OVA collection. It had been on my watch list for YEARS and good lord it was just what I had been looking for! Fun, silly 80s cyber punk action with a ridiculous/awesome soundtrack. I'm having a lot of fun watching it!

  • I picked up a few games for my PS3 while in the States and have started on Ni no Kuni. Man, I played a bit of the DS version in Japanese a while back and there is really no comparison. The PS3 version is SO MUCH BETTER. The plot is mostly the same, but better told and with a few more details, everything is more cinematic, the animated scenes look so much better (naturally) and a lot of the technical things that annoyed me about the DS version are not an issue in the PS3 version. Combat is a lot more interesting as well, though it can be a bit confusing/awkward at times and I'm still getting used to it.

  • Oh yes, and while I was in the States VIZ announced it would be releasing the Ranma 1/2 blu ray remasters and GOOD GOD YOU KNOW HOW HAPPY THAT MAKES ME. Yay! Yay yay yay!

  • Seungri's new solo music video was released today! Just the fun cheese I was looking for! ILU BOY.
nintendoh: (Here is Greenwood)
So, the weekend went as planned. Katsushi and I went to see the new Miyazaki Hayao movie, Kaze Tachinu, and well, I went in expecting it to be different than other Studio Ghibli movies he directed and as such I was not surprised. The animation was beautiful and the story was interesting, and I'm glad I saw it as seeing a Miyazaki movie on opening weekend in Japan was always on my Japan-life bucket list. Overall, though, it wasn't my favorite. Not that it was a bad movie, I guess I just prefer the magic and wonder of his fantasy films.

After the movie I dropped in at Katsushi's house, as planned, to relax a bit and see how Riku was doing. The poor dog really has no energy. It's sad to see, but he has lived a full, happy life, and hopefully he'll be able to go peacefully.

My pre-vacation chores are going along relatively on schedule. Yay! Yesterday I had a work-sponsered health check. They are always weird and feel kind of like you're on an assembly line (one doctor/nurse is in charge of each test and you are escorted around to various rooms until you finish). But yay, it's done! With that I just have one more really annoying chore, going to immigration! My work VISA is up this fall and my employer told me I HAVE to get the renewal process started before I leave for the States, or, I dunno, ~bad things~. Did my paperwork today and I'm planning on going tomorrow morning. Decidedly not fun, but once that is done, though, the leftover responsibilities will be easy and fun in comparison. So hooray! I guess.

Less than a week until I leave! I'm so excited! Hopefully I can keep my mood up and power through work this week if I keep my EYES ON THE PRIZE. Yay vacation!
nintendoh: (Tessie in Winters)
Another weekend over. Vietnamese food, Berserk, laziness, Go On, etc )

On a closing note, this morning I had my first Japanese lesson since my results for the N2 came in. It was a great lesson as normal, and my teacher also gave me a celebratory gift! 3000 yen worth of toshocards (basically a gift card for buying books you can use at most major chains)! I totally wasn't expecting a gift, least of all such an expensive one. Considering the gifter, I feel like it would be a waste to buy English books or (less so) manga, so I'm going to try to find a Japanese book or two to read and/or a study aid to use the credit on. Yay!

Hah...

Dec. 11th, 2012 01:05 pm
nintendoh: (LICKIN MY KNUCKLES AND SHIT)
Always a bit embarrassing to update after a half-drunk (locked) venting post, but here I am.

I did end up seeing the third Evangelion movie yesterday and it was a magical experience. Partly because the majority of the audience were twenty-something boys there by themselves like me and I felt very at home (not much variety to be had on a weekday lunchtime showing), and partly because it was a very enjoyable mindfuck of a movie. You should have seen the many horrified, confused faces I gave the screen and heard the many wtf?s muttered under my breath. IT WAS AWESOME. Seriously, I didn't think they could veer any farther from the original, but they DID. Unfortunately I can't say anything else without revealing massive spoilers, so I will end it here. I am super stoked for part four, though!

My intentions after the movie were to get some christmas shopping done, but I was in such a daze after the Eva movie that I ended up just wandering through a couple shops listlessly until I gave up and went home.

I've also felt the first inklings of sickness creeping up on me this weekend. First just a tickley throat Sunday and Monday, but it's a tad bit on the sore side today and I feel like the beginning of what could turn into aches. Keeping my fingers crossed about this, but I'm choosing not to keep my hopes of avoiding sickness high. As you can imagine I will be trying to eat and sleep solidly, take my vitamins, avoid alcohol (that wine Saturday night was probably not the best of ideas...), half-ass it at work and all that good stuff from now probably until the break begins. I DON'T WANT THIS. D:

Ugh why do I love this Hyadain icon so much. D: Admittedly, I listened to previews of the songs on his new album on Amazon japan and disliked most of what I heard, and some of the dumb faces he makes in his videos are so cheesy that it's painful, but I still kinda think he is adorable. So uncute/cute and I kind of love the way he talks. Ugggggggh. WHY DO THESE THINGS HAPPEN.
nintendoh: (NESSIN)
Well, my vacation is off to a good start. Saturday night was the Yodogawa fireworks festival. It's a nice, walkable distance from where I live but this was the first year I've been able to see it. SO FUN! Also super crowded.

Sunday Katushi and I went to Umeda for some shopping and to see おおかみこどもの雨と雪 (The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki), the new movie by Hosoda Mamoru (the person behind The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars). I was expecting a certain amount of quality given Hosoda's other works, but going in I wasn't expecting much of it, really. I went because Katsushi wanted to see it. I was completely blown away, though. This is one of the best movies I've seen in a long time and a new personal favorite of mine.

The premise is a bit unusual. Basically, a woman falls in love with a wolf man, starts a family, and is left to raise her children alone when the wolf man suddenly passes away. The mother struggles with supporting and raising her unusual children, meanwhile, as the children age, they realize they are different from others and struggle with their own feelings of identity. It's a surprisingly emotional, moving story, especially when combined with the beautiful animation and fittingly bittersweet soundtrack.



Whenever this is released in your country, you would do yourself good to check it out. If you're a fan of Hosoda's other works I probably don't need to tell you this, though. It's just...so good. ;_; Just thinking about it is making me tear up again.
nintendoh: (Default)
Some exposition on a series of movies I like by the same group of people )

Anyway, I looked into what the director of Kamome Shokudo and Megane is doing and I found THIS MOVIE, WHICH I MUST SEE ASAP. It's about a woman with 17 cats who rents them out to people who are sad and need cheering up. Quite appropriately, the title is 'Rent a Neko.'

LOOKS SO CUTE. You can see a trailer with some different footage here. I can't believe I missed this when it was in theaters! I'll have to be patient until it's rentable, but I want to see it NOOOOW!

Anyway, like I also mentioned in the exposition I am rewatching the drama Suika right now, which is something I seem to have turned into a summer tradition. Just doesn't feel right if it's not hot or the cicadas aren't crying. The themes of simplicity and slow living are hitting me stronger than ever. Just makes me want to get rid of all my shit. All we really need in life is good food and good people to share it with, right?
nintendoh: (Default)
Well, eventful weekend was eventful. The Kaji Hideki concert on Sunday was SO MUCH FUN. As I put it on twitter, it was probably the most unabashedly happy live concert I've ever been to. Lots of happy silliness. Kaji Hideki is just as cute and charming in person as I expected him to be and my love for him runs even DEEPER now. I hope I can be so cool and down to earth while still being silly and young at heart as him when I'm 45.

Kaji Hideki fans are additionally pretty laid back and are much more interested in boogieing and wiggling and having a good time than being an (obnoxious) hardcore/snobby fan and that made things even better. The atmosphere at the venue was just really awesome and helped make the experience as fun as it was. Without a doubt the best concert I've been to in Japan and probably one of my new all time favorites. If at all possible I WILL be seeing him again.

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Concert swag! New tote bag, plastic coin pouch (probably won't use this but it's SO CUTE), and a flyer.


Monday was a public holiday, so instead of having my normal day of chores and around the house-ness, Katsushi and I went to see グスコーブドリの伝記, a newly animated adaptation of a classic Miyazawa Kenji story. Miyazawa Kenji is the author of one of my favorite Japanese stories ever, the animated version of which was done by the same production group in the 1980s.

It's a day I wish we could have a do-over on, though. Sunday night we weren't able to sleep well because of the heat and as such were tired and at times cranky. We got a bit lost trying to find the shuttle bus that would take us to the shopping mall with the IMAX theatre we wanted to go to and that caused cranky ~tensions~. Then when we got there and finally were able to see the movie, I was so tired that despite my greatest efforts I kept nodding off throughout the ENTIRE THING. Wahh wuhhhh.

Anyway, Japan is hot as balls lately. I don't think rainy season has been officially declared over yet, but it really feels like August right now. HOORAY FOR SWEATING ALL OVER EVERYTHING.

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