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17 February 2006 @ 22:10
I went to Lalaport yesterday, which was like some kind post-apocalyptic Odaiba. It was misty and wet, making the attempts at a tropical shopping centre (with palm trees, no less!) comical.

Although it's meant to be one of the biggest shopping centres in Chiba, almost everything was closed, except for the restaurants. I was really disappointed, because I'd hoped to get kuroe's birthday present there.

A little down the road, however, there was a Book Off. I hate Book Off. I despise Book Off. This is because it is probably the biggest money-drain you will find in Japan. There are thousands of cheap manga and Japanese CDs lining the aisles; they have separate sections for seiyuu and anime.

So I bought some CDs. I got the the soundtrack to Mononoke Hime, Saiyuuki Requiem and Angel Sanctuary, a random single from The Stand Up and a Koyasu Takehito/Gamedra Nights CD. And a point card.

I went back home and rushed to Your Elm to see if I could find a good present. In the end, I chanced upon a cheap PS2. We've been talking about getting a PS2 for ages, just so we could play Dirge of Cerberus and other upcoming FF games, but the dilemma was whether we should get a PS2 now so we could play it immediately, or wait for the PS3.

What did I do today? I had the day off, but I don't think I did anything. Just slept, wandered around town, then worked on a WSB translation (going to post it soon, btw). There never seems to be anything to do unless it's a Sunday...

Tickets go on sale Sunday... I've got my fingers crossed. My apologies if I've seemed a little obsessive over this lately. ^^

Livejournal just gave me a message that it autosaved a draft of my post. When did it start doing that? How do I access these drafts?
wabi_thyme: Bubblegum-cleavagewabi_thyme on 17th February 2006 13:19 (UTC)
Well, you're in Japan and that's awesome.

Koyasu Takehito - *sigh*
Williamgenkischuldich on 17th February 2006 13:38 (UTC)
Yup, it's lots of fun. ^_^

I don't really like the CD I got though... I guess it's because I'm not very interested in his Gamedra Nights co-star and she's actually the focus, I think. Still, there are a few songs on it that make up for that.
hypatia_v on 17th February 2006 15:30 (UTC)
I have noticed that draft thing too... I wonder what they are doing now.
h_w: valentinehungry_worm on 17th February 2006 20:35 (UTC)
Same here. I wonder how it works exactly... usually I save my "drafts" as privatized entries before publishing them, but if this draft feature is useful, it might even be an improvement.

Not that I'm generally sceptical about LJ's tendency to introduce new features. >.>
hypatia_v on 17th February 2006 22:00 (UTC)
I had not even realized there was a draft utility before... I went to the news page and they said they'll tell us about it soon.
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Williamgenkischuldich on 18th February 2006 13:12 (UTC)
Well, it seems silly to have a PS2 for such a short amount of time... But I want to play Dirge of Cerberus really badly!
apelectroworld on 17th February 2006 18:21 (UTC)
I bet I would always be buying stuff from Book-Off if I were in Japan, the prices are great!
Williamgenkischuldich on 18th February 2006 13:12 (UTC)
Yeah, it's amazing! I got some really good stuff...
Mami: schu deathmami_san on 17th February 2006 19:20 (UTC)
Book-off is a wallet-draining fiend. My friend and I used to walk the forty-five minutes down there just so we could have the extra 400 yen apiece to spend on stuff. I'm pretty sure I signed my soul away to Book-off at one point-- and then I couldn't even keep but a small fraction of my things when I came back to the US, because shipping was so expensive. wah!
Williamgenkischuldich on 18th February 2006 13:14 (UTC)
That sucks that you couldn't keep it all -- I wonder if it'll be like that for me?

But, yeah, it takes money like woah.
Mamimami_san on 18th February 2006 13:29 (UTC)
Some people made sure that they had enough to send it home- I don't know if they sent it regular or media mail or what. I don't think I knew about media mail at the time, but I also spent some $500 mailing other junk back to the US, so finding money for books was a little hard. I just had to promise myself that I'd go back to Japan and get them all again. *pulls her Book-off card out of her wallet and waves it around* eeee.