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16 January 2006 @ 23:31
Today I bought tickets for Bleach Myu having read in hinoai's journal that they hadn't sold out at all. I assumed they had, since they'd long since taken down the posters in Animate.

So... I'm going tomorrow! ^_^

It was actually pretty hard to get them, because the ticket machine is diabolical. I followed all the instructions and then it asked me if I had a card. I pressed 'no' and then it threw up what seemed to be another search page. I panicked and cancelled it and went to the counter.

A nice lady came to help me and we went through exactly the same steps again. She left, presumably because the rest was obvious, but the card page came up again. Even though I didn't have a card, I pressed 'yes' because pressing 'no' failed me last time. It told me to insert my card...

So I went up to the counter again and she helped me again. I know she stopped serving people to help me more than twice, but I can't think why it was causing so many problems. Possibly because I tended to press a different button every time even though I could read the screen and knew that wasn't what I was meant to do. I just thought that if it didn't work the first time, I should push the button that said 'no' instead of 'yes' and vice versa. I must've apologised so many times in those ten minutes. It was SO embarrassing.

Anyway, it turned out that I'd done everything right the first time, but when I pressed 'no' for the card, I hadn't been taken back to the search page, but to a place to enter my name... I'll know next time and, in fact, topping up my Smart Pit phonecard with the same machine was no problem at all.

Anyway, Bleach Myu tomorrow! Should be fun! ^_^

Today marked two months since we arrived in Japan, so we went for yakiniku. They also had a self-serve candy floss machine and crepe-maker. o.o I didn't want candy floss, which was a shame since I really wanted to operate that machine...!

I also had a day-off today so I went to a craft store and got a pen and paper, then to a bookshop to get a kanji dictionary and English-language fiction. Apart from Howl's Moving Castle, I haven't read any English-language fiction since I got here, which I feel is a bit of a problem. I've now got The Fellowship of the Ring, which I never thought I'd read considering how much I hated The Hobbit. If nothing else, it's apparently well-written, which is what I feel I need right now.

As I mentioned, I also bought some art materials. The big question now, for all you artists here is: How do I draw? I used to take art in school, but that was quite a while ago and I'm a lot worse now. I'd love to learn how to use Copic Markers and toners and all those other art supplies that are so easily available here, but first things first!

I also saw the first Azumi film. It was really good and I totally recommend it. More when I have more time at this net cafe.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on 16th January 2006 12:17 (UTC)
Awesome!!!! ^____________________________^ Let's meet up before the show tomorrow!!
Williamgenkischuldich on 18th January 2006 05:44 (UTC)
And so we did! That was AWESOME! So much LOVE! ^_^ Didn't get your text until 1am and thought it was best not to respond at that time since you mentioned you had work. Did you go to the stage door then? I briefly looked... but had no clue, so didn't want to look like an idiot. ^^;;
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on 18th January 2006 09:30 (UTC)
No, I didn't stay for demachi. I decided that I'm not going to do that anymore due to certain circumstances... ^^ But I was hoping to walk back to the station with you, but I wasn't able to find you! ;O; I'm glad you enjoyed it though!! It was so good, ne??!!!!
Williamgenkischuldich on 19th January 2006 08:23 (UTC)
Ah, sorry! Didn't get your text! I guess we left quicker since we were nearer the back.

I did enjoy it! Can't wait for the next musical, whatever it may be! *crosses fingers for tickets*
Sharon: Paradise Kiss Miwakosharona1x2 on 16th January 2006 13:29 (UTC)
I can't wait to read your thoughts on the musical. ^_~
Williamgenkischuldich on 18th January 2006 05:45 (UTC)
The last half hour was the best thing EVER! :P
Aviumcode_renegade on 16th January 2006 13:53 (UTC)
You're in Japan - they've produced tons of how-to books, so you can easily pick them up XD I believe they have books dedicated solely to the art of copic marker usage, so that'd be helpful.
Williamgenkischuldich on 18th January 2006 05:47 (UTC)
I've seen lots of books, I was hoping for some in English or info from personal experience. XD Besides, they're all aimed at men. Although, I guess I'm sorted if I want to draw half-naked busty heroines. ^^;;
Aviumcode_renegade on 18th January 2006 05:51 (UTC)
You might want to try this. I had a chance to browse it at Kinokuniya once and if I wanted to learn copic, I'd have bought this book:
Williamgenkischuldich on 18th January 2006 05:54 (UTC)
Looks useful -- I'll see if I can order it via Amazon. Thanks!
Touma Karamochi: LL concert WeiB Boys!! - from Semishadetouma_karamochi on 16th January 2006 15:56 (UTC)
Hope you enjoy the Bleach Myu! I'm kinda curious how it will go, seeing as how I've been hearing so much about the HxH myus and the TeniPuri ones. ^_^ I know the feeling about the Japanese way of buying event tickets, it was when I was trying to get the WeiB concert tickets that I also was going through the same issues with the machine. But thanks to gmiko I was able to go after all. ^_^

I also got the same thoughts when I was in Japan, I just wanted to read English books after studying so much Japanese. I think I read stuff I ordinarily wouldn't have read, and some of it was actually pretty well-written.
Williamgenkischuldich on 18th January 2006 05:52 (UTC)
I saw a short promo for the Tenimyu DVD that featured the actors for Atobe, Tezuka and Ryouma and it just about killed me from squee. I loved the Bleach Musical, but I suspect that (for me) Tenimyu would be even more amazing. I want to go next time!!

Yeah, so many people have told me to read it before I came here, but I didn't. I think that I need to keep up my reading skills because my English ability is going down the drain fast.
luxluxetumbra on 16th January 2006 17:43 (UTC)
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. There's a workbook that goes along with it too. The part where she talks about negative space is worth the cost of the book, imho.
Williamgenkischuldich on 18th January 2006 05:56 (UTC)
Is it really about drawing? Something that I can use to learn?

'Cause really, all I want to do is draw porn...
lux: Rabbit - Another Useless Gift - Luke Chuluxetumbra on 18th January 2006 12:13 (UTC)
Yes, just google the title and site:.edu. It's used in a ton of beginning drawing courses. Other good books to check out are the Loomis books (there's a torrent here and here) and this one by Nicolaides.
Williamgenkischuldich on 19th January 2006 08:26 (UTC)
Thanks! ^_^
Cienna: ritsuka by bluelilliecienna on 16th January 2006 20:04 (UTC)
Just wondering if you have any idea how long the musical is running? I totally thought it was over by now. (No...I really have no crazy ideas in my head right now about seeing the musical if it's still in Tokyo over the weekend of the 28th.) Also, where did you buy the tickets?
Williamgenkischuldich on 18th January 2006 06:00 (UTC)
I think Thursday is the last night, unfortunately. ^^;;

I bought the tickets from the Loppi machines at Lawsons. You might want to check out some other events though, there always seems to be something interesting on!
Cienna: stay with me by lelolacienna on 18th January 2006 19:53 (UTC)
Ugh, that's too bad. I always seem to miss the Bleach musical. That's cool that you can buy the tickets at Lawsons, though. Ah, if only I lived closer to Tokyo so I didn't have to miss out on these things.
Williamgenkischuldich on 19th January 2006 08:24 (UTC)
Yeah, I know the feeling! I kept thinking that if only I'd made it a few weeks earlier, I might have been able to see Tenimyu!