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21 July 2006 @ 19:46
I didn't actually go to a fireworks display on Tuesday. I looked at the date and realised it was next Tuesday. This was pretty lucky, since it was raining heavily and the festival would've been cancelled anyway. The rain got so bad that they actually closed some train lines in Tokyo and there have been mudslides in other parts of Japan. But the temperature has dropped dramatically, so everyone's relieved; the weather this summer has been really strange, I'm told.

On Tuesday, I went to my shamisen lesson and also started to learn the Japanese flute. The notation is pretty different; for a start, a composition is mostly just a list of numbers in kanji...!

My teacher was pleased because I could get a note out of it, which some people can't do. This was actually only because I studied flute in senior school, although a bamboo flute is a little more difficult because it doesn't have a raised mouthpiece or keys. Sensei gave me a plastic practice flute and told me she's booked a Nou Theatre for March 4th next year, so we can all perform in a concert...! In these concerts, her students perform alongside Japanese and international professionals. I've seen DVD footage and they're amazing!

Afterwards, I went to Shinjuku. I usually go there anyway just to change trains, but I actually decided to look around this time. I had a look in Marui and found the Moi-même-Moitié showroom. But I didn't go in because I was wearing jeans and couldn't help but catch sight of myself in all the mirrors. It made me sad. I've joined a gym and am working on it though. I don't know about the whole 'ideal weight' thing because the more exercise I do, the more weight I gain as muscle replaces fat. But I LOOK thinner and FEEL healthier. My favourite is the My Mountain machine, which is a hiking simulator. :)

Anyway, I went to Harajuku instead, which is a much nicer place! Because of the drop in temperature, I decided to get new gothic-style clothes for Tenimyu. So I've got a nice grey outfit now for less than half the price of a single item in Moitié. I hope Yuki won't be too embarrassed to be seen with me... ^^;;

In completely unrelated news, I'm slowly putting up lots more Weiss Side B translations. There are only six more to do before I've done them all!

I'm also editing the scans I did before I left Britain, although there are so many that it'll be some time before can I put them up. There are some really nice computer-shaded grey scale images of the original designs. I can't remember if these have previously been circulated in the fandom or not (probably!), but I'm putting them up anyway.

Want a preview?

I don't think there's any hurry, because I don't think I have any new scans (maybe some storyboards from the old series?). But if anyone has any preference about whether I finish the WSB translations or finish editing these scans first, let me know.

I went to Yokohama with kuroe on Wednesday. The first thing we did was look in Animate, since we saw it first. I bought some D.Grayman tradable coasters and a pack of Tennis no Oujisama-brand playing cards. I was also tempted by a Fullmetal Alchemist hat (haven't watched most of the series, but that hat was SO cool) and a FFVIII Squall figure (Gunblade included!). Maybe next time. The Princess Princess D photobook comes out very soon too.

After that, the area got worse and I was on the verge of declaring it a dump. We also saw Landmark Tower, said to be the tallest building in Japan. It was a cloudy day, so the top was obscured.

Landmark Tower

After that, we got to area surrounding Chuukagai (Chinatown) and everything was much nicer.

Chuukagai I // Chuukagai II

At Chuukagai, I bought some nikuman. There are street traders on every corner with steaming bamboo baskets. It was really good -- much better than the stuff you can buy at the convenience store. I stood to the side and ate it in the rain. Amazing.

After that, we decided to try The China Museum, which describes itself as 'food entertainment'. You pay 500 en to go in and can watch variety shows (the one we saw was based around Saiyuuki) and there are old Chinese dramas playing on tv screens. But mainly, you go in to pay a second time for food.

It's not really as bad as it seems. It's a bit touristy, but you get food served in nice surroundings and by friendly people. I had some Chinese tea and then some gyouza. While I ate the gyouza, an old anime of Saiyuuki (not THE Saiyuuki!) played on screens behind us.

Chinese flower tea // Chinese jasmine tea

Afterwards, we found that a crowd was starting to gather outside. More and more people arrived until a group danced past with a large paper dragon.

Paper dragon I // Paper dragon II // Percussionists // Parade

Firecrackers were let off and more dragons and people on stilts arrived. Eventually, the mikoshi (a portable shrine) turned up and we realised we'd walked straight into a festival parade!

Mikoshi I // Mikoshi II

They walked to the two Chuukagai shrines and it was just amazing. The firecrackers that they kept letting off were really loud though! I talked to one of the ladies at the shrine, who was in traditional dress. After I took a picture with her, she spoke to me in English and you know what she said? "Please check out the Chinatown webpage."

Temple I // Temple II // Temple III // Temple IV

After that, we went to the harbour. Anyone remember that song 'Blue Light Yokohama'? I used to love that, but I don't have it on my computer any more. Thinking about it at the harbour made me happy and feeling so lucky to be able to see all this.

Landmark Tower // Harbour (Boat and ferris wheel) // Harbour (Ferris wheel)

We finished off the day by going on the giant ferris wheel near the harbour and heading to Starbucks.

View from ferris wheel // Ferris wheel // Landmark Tower from ferris wheel
Allelujah: Eternity awaitsbasicblack on 21st July 2006 07:15 (UTC)
Well that's uncanny. We went up the Landmark Building that day!! It was indeed very cloudy but there were still lovely views. If you haven't been up it I would recommend it. Whereabouts in Yokohama is Animate?
Williamgenkischuldich on 21st July 2006 07:43 (UTC)
Really? It didn't look like you'd be able to see anything! Lucky for you!

Animate is just by Yokohama Station.
Thomas Vye: Vetti enjoys spacethomasvye on 21st July 2006 07:43 (UTC)
^-^ Last time I went into Moi Meme Moite, I felt like the worst scruff on the planet in my jeans. Those immaculate girls must have thought 'what on earth is that scruffy non-gothic gaijin doing in our shop?' But they were very nice to me anyway - that's customer service. :DDD
Williamgenkischuldich on 21st July 2006 07:48 (UTC)
Yeah... but I had the indignity of actually looking fat in my jeans. ;_; The whole place looked really intimidating to me.

...But I got a much nicer and cheaper dress in Harajuku in the end. :)
Thomas Vye: Vetti enjoys spacethomasvye on 21st July 2006 08:16 (UTC)
Oh, I bet you're not! - everyone thinks they're fat. ;) It was the most intimidating of the boutiques, I think - I thought BtSSB was the least. They were super cheerful.
Williamgenkischuldich on 21st July 2006 08:24 (UTC)
Err... I really am in this case! I haven't really gone to many of the boutiques, believe it or not. I prefer to get things second-hand from places like Closet Child. And Harajuku is awesome for no-name GL.
Pez }}morning.maple{{yuki_scorpio on 21st July 2006 14:13 (UTC)
Oh! No worries! I'm trying to decide what to wear to the myu too...
Williamgenkischuldich on 22nd July 2006 07:40 (UTC)
Please go goth! I'll feel so alone otherwise...!

Could you remind me of the times and dates you're coming, btw?
amelia cavendish: amayih tori maiayami_tai on 21st July 2006 16:08 (UTC)
We went up the landmark tower when we were in Yokohama, fortunately we had much better weather ^_^! A lot of the links to the pics aren't working for me for some reason, but what I could see are great, my favourites are of the dragon! Thanks for sharing.
Williamgenkischuldich on 22nd July 2006 07:41 (UTC)
I think I got the shortcut wrong... Gah. It's so difficult to embed the photos uploaded via LJ into a post.
amelia cavendish: _lobby sanzo bring ityami_tai on 23rd July 2006 09:01 (UTC)
It's so difficult to embed the photos uploaded via LJ into a post.

I'm still using photobucket but I've been meaning to try LJ photo hosting... I guess I'll leave it for a while longer though ^_~!
nekojitanekojita on 21st July 2006 16:40 (UTC)
SOunds like you've been having lots of fun! And definitely travelling all around.

*sad sigh* The original Gluhen designs.... *shakes head*

Did you ever get the package?
Williamgenkischuldich on 22nd July 2006 07:43 (UTC)
I did! I think maybe you missed my post about it here.

I actually like the WKG designs, but I think you know that...
nekojitanekojita on 22nd July 2006 12:14 (UTC)
Lol, I definitely think I missed that! I'm glad I didn't mess up the kanji, then! How was the tea and gravy?

I like some of the Gluhen designs, some I detest. But I guess I was just used to the original designs and don't see any problems w/ them.
はつみ 。・゚゚・(>_<)・゚゚。: nari x mikahatsumi on 18th August 2006 11:41 (UTC)
yokohama sounds nice.i will be sure to visit there if time permits.but its kinda far from tokyo..>.<;;
Williamgenkischuldich on 20th August 2006 07:45 (UTC)
It's not that far. However, depending on how far along we are with autumn, I'd recommend Mount Takao instead. It's a really beautiful place to watch the leaves change colour -- I went last autumn with a friend. It's about an hour from Shinjuku.