November 27th, 2010

Photography: Sakura

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Do you have a best-selling title for your novel? (Pay attention to their disclaimer, although it's fairly obvious stuff.)

Preview of Spideymyu If this were in Tokyo, I would already have tickets for it.

Newly-Discovered Sea Worms

Nintama Rantarou Trailer (Rough trailer translation: "Guess who? He's a boy who wears glasses. He has mysterious powers. He attends a certain school.")

Oxygen Detected on Moon of Saturn

I finally sent off some query letters and thus technically have fulfilled one of my new year resolutions: to send more queries than I did last year.

Of the three I sent, one was promptly returned as it never made it through the spam filter. On the upside, I probably didn't include sufficient biographical data (that's scary) in my query as they seemed to want, so I've kind of got a second chance. On the other hand, I have no idea how I can get round their spam filter, so it's a moot point.

Either way, wish me luck for the two I still have out there.

I'm currently ill, like just about everyone else I know. I've opted to spend the entire day in front of the computer instead of doing anything. I'll probably miss Thanksgiving tomorrow too. Not because I'm too ill for food, but to avoid spreading it to everyone else.

I went to see Adele's dance performance on Tuesday -- she was great! It was a mix of contemporary and classical ballet and, while I'm not sure I really got many of the contemporary dances, the way they (and Adele!) were able to move was incredible. As for the classical stuff, I'm ashamed to say that Princess Tutu helped me to figure it all out.

Next week, Space Battleship Yamato comes out... on a Wednesday. This is unusual as most movies are released on a Saturday or, occasionally, on a Friday. The thing about this Wednesday is that it's both Ladies' Day (women get discounts) and First Day (everyone gets a discount). This is sure to boost the raw figures, possibly at the expense of actual revenue. I would assume they have a plan.

There's also the JLPT. I haven't studied at all for this. It's the new version, so I don't even know what the level I'm doing is like. It feels like I've gone backwards. I took Level Three, what, four years ago? And now I'm doing NEW Level Three, which is supposedly more difficult. Strangely, I don't feel sufficiently encouraged to study.

Day 26 - What's your favourite/least favourite train line?

Last entry I posted about finding Samurai Coffee in a vending machine. I saw it again and decided to take a picture. In the same machine was a pancake flavour hot milkshake. I tried it eventually - it was better than I thought it would be, but not as good as the name/description suggested.

Photo behind the cut.

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My favourite train line is the Keiyo Line, so-called because it joins Tokyo and Chiba and since this is Japanese, it's read completely differently when you put the two kanji together. Anyway, this is the line that takes you out to Makuhari Messe and Kasai Rinkai Kouen. The surrounding scenery is incredible - abandoned warehouses, junkyards and machinery alongside the gleaming ocean.

I also like the Keisei Line (Tokyo and Narita = Keisei) for similar reasons. It's the first glimpse of Japan most travellers get and you go past traditional rice fields and shrines before you get to the metropolis. I used to live on this line and I have to admit it seems less reliable than other services.

Least favourite is probably Touyou (Tokyo and Chiba = Touyou), because it's so expensive. I used to have to go just a few stops on it when I worked for Nova back in Chiba, and even a couple of stops took all my money.

The Musashino Line also annoys me because if it just went at regular intervals then I could use it and cut half an hour off my commute time. But no, trains leave at roughly twenty minute intervals. I believe it's because the track is shared by freight trains even during the daytime.

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