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\(^ ^ ) My name is Yuba. I'm a 23 year old teacher and freelance translator living in Tokyo, Japan. Sometimes I model. Sometimes I sleep. A lot of the time, I take photos of what I'm about to eat. Yum yum yum!

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Hello Roppongi!

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Attended another Sugizo performance last night, this time in Mado Lounge in Roppongi. It was actually seeing Sugizo perform and subsequently posting about it on MoBlog (and Twitter) that I met the friend with whom I went last night! So this is a happy subject to return to again here. :)

The top photo was the view we had out of the window of the lounge! Awesome!

The second is actually a little white lie, since it was Ebisu and not Roppongi. It was awesome decor in the restaurant my workplace chose for our post-training-week food and drink session just prior to the show.

Last but not least - more food! It's been a little while since I posted a photo of food, hasn't it? Not counting the biscuits director Nishimura gave me, of course. This was "honey toast" from Mado Lounge. Basically squares of toast drizzled with honey and crowned with vanilla ice cream and a... Well. A sort of sugary wafer thing. It was so sweet.

Secret message

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Yesterday, I was paying for some stuff in Lush at Akabane station when the shop staff squealed and pointed at my 10,000 yen bill. Somehow, without noticing it, I'd been carrying around a note with a message on it! :o

For those without Japanese skillz, it says "let's stop smoking while walking!". It'd probably be better if some salaryman ended up with that note instead of me.

Before & After

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Yesterday I went to the anime music festival "Re:Bridge" in Saitama Super Arena. I only went for a little while, since I was there primarily to see one particular artist, but I had a great time. The Super Arena is huge; there were about 20,000 people there, and they were all totally into it! I didn't know a lot of the artists, honestly, but I was so pleased that I arrived in time to see some of FictionJunction's set, and hear Kajiura Yuki - one of my favourite games music composers - talk.

Photo is from during Gackt's set - not that you can tell. 8D

I was really glad that I got home before the last train, since there was a fleeting possibility that plans may have kept me longer than that, but still - this morning was my first day at my new job, and I had to get up at 6 after a sleepless night. Even with my eyes half-shut, I somehow decided (and actually managed to accomplish) to take a photo of the first thing my brain focused on after my alarm went off: COFFEE.

"Close" but not close enough: Engrish special!

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...Hahaha, bad pun, I know. But it wouldn't get out of my head when I first walked past this bar the other day and saw the sign. I seem to have made a small collection of photos of bad English - a staple for any English-speaker living in Japan, I suppose - and thought I'd lump them all together into one post until I gather more!

The second photo is the label from a trash can I bought the other day, and the third is some fantastic writing on the wall inside Big Echo (a karaoke place) that I had to stop to take a photo of yesterday evening.

The one thing I don't want to see first thing in the morning..

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...Is a 6.5 foot ladder down from my bed that's not secured to the floor.

You might notice a slight absence of photos from me over the next few weeks. As this post is illuminating, I have moved into a new apartment in Tokyo. My new job starts next week, too, and until the internet gets set up I am going to be rather boring and non-communicative (sob!).

I've never had an apartment with a loft before. It's really useful for keeping all my sleeping area stuff separate from the rest of the apartment, but I have to admit I hadn't been expecting it to be... quite... so high off the ground. As Maiko quite rightly put it, it's not something I want to be doing when I get home drunk! My mother suggested I sleep on the sofa on occasions like that. XD

It's a very small apartment, but it's brand new and very clean and shiny, in a nice quiet area with a lot of schools (Japanese people say that the more schools an area has, the safer it is to live in). I'm also right within walking distance of another potential workplace.

The next few days are going to be a frenzy of furniture deliveries. I'll try to resist posting photos of my new fridge and sofa - this might be exciting for me, but probably aren't special occasions to the general public. :)

So, until I post again! Keep yourselves occupied til I get back!

Gore movie double bill in Shibuya!

Tonight was pretty awesome. I met up with some friends from Twitter who I'd never had the pleasure of hanging out with before. Ostensibly it was so we could go to a gore movie double billing later on this evening, but we had a few people with rather more delicate sensibilities, so we just had drinks with them beforehand.

The movies were "Vampire girl vs Frankenstein girl" and "Samurai Princess", both directed by the same guy; one of our number managed to successfully harass said guy as he went into the cinema by shouting "HEY, DO I KNOW YOU!?" at him until he realised it was the director. XD Thus a great bond of friendship was born!

Actually, there were only about 16 people in the cinema for the first film, and 5 of us for the second. Because there were so few of us, the director went out and bought us biscuits for our troubles and handed them out in between the films!

A couple of actors came along with the director from his various films - one of them is also a porn actress, and she was super-crazy. My first time meeting a porn star, I have to say!

Photo breakdown:

1. A promotional leaflet, signed by the director.
2 & 3 - Busts of Frankenstein girl and Vampire girl - the latter is a hand-puppet!
4. Delicious, free rusk, given to me by the director!
5. Our group, plus the director of the film and two of the actors from previous work.
6. While we were in Starbucks drinking and talking - having a merry old time - we got handed this note by an angry customer who thought we were having too much fun. Clearly.

Hello!

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I went to Saitama today. I would love to have some awesome, interesting photos to show you all of somewhere other than Tokyo, but all I did was sit and watch Stargate SG-1 with a friend.

I'm cooler than this sounds. Honestly.
15th Aug 2009, 15:13   | tags:,,,comments (1)

More strange campaigns...

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MacDonald's in Japan sometimes has some very weird campaigns. We get "special" burgers here the like of which you'd never hear of back home in the UK - "moon viewing burger"?? "gratin croquette burger"!? Are you serious?

I admit that whenever I go to MacDonald's here I am hopelessly boring and get the same old thing over and over again. I'm never tempted to try the weirdness. This new campaign just struck me as exceedingly odd, though.

The guy pictured here - "Mister James", apparently, because that's the most foreign-sounding thing they could think of - is speaking all in katakana, a syllabary alphabet that is the equivalent of speaking ALL IN CAPS BECAUSE YOU'RE A FOREIGNER. I won't bother translating the entire thing, but the last few sentences include things like, "Japan's the best!" "Japan is too amazing!" "Bravo, Japan!"

Very, very odd.

But to balance that out, there's also a picture of a teddy bear dressed in traditional Korean clothes that my friend Maiko (from my entry about Tokyo bay!) gave to me last night. Isn't it cute!?