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04 October 2006 @ 14:09
I am in Japan, a ton of new anime is showing and I DON'T HAVE A TV.

But I have a fridge-freezer! It'll be delivered in under a week. I got it at Bic Camera in Ikebukuro. I think the saleslady thought I was a little strange when the first and only question I asked was "Is it a REAL fridge?"

You see, I've been having this trouble a lot. A standard conversation goes something like this:

Me: Please show me that small fridge.
Sales-staff: Certainly. Please look inside. There is lots of space.
Me. Thank you. I will buy it.
Sales: But first you should know is that this is not a real fridge!! It is a couple of degrees hotter than the required temperatures.

And I've gone through this for pretty much every single home appliance you can think of. Even vacuums that don't have enough power to clean a floor...!

In other news, today I sent out some parcels. That includes some people who sent me money immediately after receiving the invoice and also means nekojita will finally get that copy of WARD. Because I bought it at Animate, they gave me a free postcard of my choice too... I don't really know what your taste is in this matters, so I chose what seemed to be a sea captain and a stowaway. :P

In other news, all my friends are doing well! C just got a job as Editor in Chief of a RPG magazine in the UK, while B just became a NHK newsreader! Some of you may even know C, since he was the best man at my wedding. I believe Scribbles described him as "Tatsumi from the book world". So. But I still don't know yet if one of my students successfully got the main part in [anime]. She attended the audition the other week.

Me? I'm ...still writing. I think maybe I should switch to short stories and get some of them published. The confidence would be a big help, I think. And even if they aren't published, I would feel more like I was working towards my goal.

I joined a library for the first time today. I don't know why it took me so long. Anyway, it was HUGE! Even the room that houses records (vinyl) is only slightly smaller than my entire apartment! I don't think I found all the floors either, since it resembled a maze. I got the first volume of a young adults' version of Saiyuuki (only the tough kanji have furigana, so a twelve year old could read it with no problems) and a children's book on tea (EVERYTHING has furigana).

...This webcafe is trash. The drinks are good, but it doesn't have flash installed on its computers and only half the sockets work. Never again.

I can't read websites and I can't watch the Boys Love trailer. I want my own home connection very very badly.

Note: 16th October for Rikkai cast announce.
tirwolftirwolf on 4th October 2006 12:45 (UTC)
Wow. Is there a reason that they sell appliances that dont' really work? Who would buy them? And what would you do with them? No TV! That's totally inhumane!
Williamgenkischuldich on 6th October 2006 11:32 (UTC)
Well, the funny thing is that this HUGE fridge that comes up to my chest or so is meant to be "portable" so you can take it on trips to the beach. So it isn't for long term storage. That's the reasoning, anyway.

The huge vacuums are for clearing crumbs from your tablecloth. Yes, SERIOUSLY.
tirwolftirwolf on 6th October 2006 15:04 (UTC)
My kids always dump them on the floor! LOL. Guess it wouldn't help much here!

Wow, you might be better off having someone from the states finding appliances for you & having the shipped from the factories!
apelectroworld on 4th October 2006 13:41 (UTC)
Yep, I can't wait to see the Death Note anime and the KyoAni remake of Kanon~
Williamgenkischuldich on 6th October 2006 11:33 (UTC)
Yeah... me too. I shall probably be renting them though.
Mewgokumew2 on 4th October 2006 14:10 (UTC)
Bic Camera in Ikebukuro! Was it the one near the Sunshine Street exit of UkebukuroIkebukuro .x_x Station?
Williamgenkischuldich on 6th October 2006 11:34 (UTC)
There's a whole cluster of them outside one of the bigger exits (west?). So we went to one of them.
bewsbudbewsbud on 4th October 2006 15:03 (UTC)
~And I've gone through this for pretty much every single home appliance you can think of. Even vacuums that don't have enough power to clean a floor...!~
I love when your entries include tidbits like that.
I think my only chance to experience Japan will be vicariously and that kind of info adds so much flavor to it!
Williamgenkischuldich on 6th October 2006 11:37 (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad to know someone is interested in what's going on here -- particularly when I don't have much anime news to share these days. I shall probably type up my day very soon -- I think that the typhoons that we were assured weren't going to touch down here just... uh, touched down here.

nekojita: fma - reasonnekojita on 4th October 2006 15:51 (UTC)
Thank you! I'll get the gravy and tea out to you as soon as I get your address. Do you think I could put a money order in the package? That way you'd have some cash for the next time there's a new issue of Ward.
Williamgenkischuldich on 6th October 2006 11:40 (UTC)
It's okay -- this month and the month before were Special because I had to give out five months of rent over the space of two months. Understandably hard without preparation! Next time Ward comes out, things will be much saner. My address should be written on the package, so just look out for it! :)
nekojitanekojita on 7th October 2006 16:45 (UTC)
Okay. The offer still stands, though, if you'd prefer cash to the tea and gravy. And let me know if you ever need/want things other than tea and gravy.
Williamgenkischuldich on 11th October 2006 09:18 (UTC)
Deecaf tea is great -- and particularly desired now it's FINALLY started to get cooler here. If you ever feel like chucking some face-wash in (I loved Clean & Clear's Morning Burst, but I doubt you have that in the US!) or some proper deodorant, feel free. :)
nekojitanekojita on 11th October 2006 16:24 (UTC)
Got the package yesterday, thanks! *hugs*

I'll look for the Clean and Clear stuff. What about deodorant? Do you prefer any particular brands?
Williamgenkischuldich on 12th October 2006 04:39 (UTC)

Well, I really don't know if you:ll be able to find any! But, just in case it's there, it's the one with the tiny bursting beads. As for deodorant, whatever works. Seriously. Japan has plenty of things that smell nice, but nothing that works well.
nekojita: kizuna - flusterednekojita on 14th October 2006 02:25 (UTC)
*nods* I know my friend Miyuki had me send her deodorant in the past. I think she gets it at Costco, now, though.

And darn it, didn't think to ask you before this - there's a chocolate store in the area that sells some British goodies like Flake and Cadbury chocolates and Jaffa (sp?) cakes, if you want anything.
Williamgenkischuldich on 16th October 2006 14:36 (UTC)
No chocolate, please! There's enough temptation in the form of Japanese chocolate already. ;_; (How about custard powder though? Ah, the ridiculous things I'm requesting.... ^^)

Costco is good, I'm told, but has a high joining fee. I might consider it one day, but...
nekojita: ff7 - reno - infatuatenekojita on 16th October 2006 17:56 (UTC)
Regular custard powder? Instant or the type you have to cook?
Williamgenkischuldich on 18th October 2006 04:40 (UTC)
I've no idea. ^^ We always used to use Birds' powder, where you add milk and stir it over heat. Something along those lines would be nice.
nekojitanekojita on 18th October 2006 04:55 (UTC)
Okay. Well, currently I have about eight packets of gravy, a 60 count box of decaf tea, and the Clear and... whatever Morning Burst Facial scrub (is that the right stuff? It was the facial scrub w/ beads in it or the astringent cleaner that they had). Next package can very easily contain some custard and deodorant! Or I can just send you one rather nice package now and have it count for two!
Williamgenkischuldich on 18th October 2006 05:06 (UTC)
Whatever you decide! I certainly can't ask you to send two packages!

Btw, was the free postcard from Animate to your taste...?
nekojitanekojita on 28th October 2006 01:23 (UTC)
The postcard is so cute! Pirate slash! Hee.

Okay, been looking for custard and not finding it. Can find pudding, which is not the same, but no custard flaver. At this point, I'll just pick up some deodorant and get the package out in the mail next week. I'll keep my eye out for custard, though!