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01 November 2006 @ 22:24
I was going to go to Ikebukuro to buy a witch's hat for Halloween, but I didn't have time. I wanted to go to Tokyu Hands, since they had a huge display (now taken over by a Christmas display). I was told when I first arrived here that Japan isn't into Halloween, but that isn't true at all. It's more intense than in Britain, although people tell me that's due to the growing influence of Tokyo Disneyland.

Anyway, this is my first halloween in Japan, so I was looking forward to it. We were going to go out with kuroe's friends on Saturday, but they went to Roppongi and I don't really like it there. Another friend of mine called and said they were riding the last train carriage on the Yamanote line and there were lots of people there in costume, but when we tried, there was no one. We saw very few costumed people actually, apart from a small group of witches and ZAFT pilots in Shibuya. I wanted to run up and tell them I liked their costumes, but we were on the crossing. So, we decided to try out The British Pub in Ikebukuro instead. It was almost empty, but the guy beckoned us in, shook our hands and introduced himself. Since it had emptied because the last trains were starting to leave, he made us some custom cocktails. We remembered quite a few from university, one of our favourites being a Big Antelope. But we still can't remember how to make a Brain Hemorrhage. Anyway, it's a nice and friendly pub; we went back there on Sunday for the pub quiz and surprised ourselves by placing fourth rather than last. We had fish and chips and avoided the belligerent drunk. Ah... just like home!

Halloween costume (Friends only!)

If you're wondering, I was a witch. My bag is actually in the shape of a cat. ^^

On Tuesday, I was going out with my friends, but I've got the cold that's been going around. Plus, both Tuesday and Wednesday are my days off, but I agreed to overtime on Wednesday afternoon... However, I bought some Dristan and a three day supply of KatsuZin 28, so I might be okay. KatsuZin 28 is fabulous -- you drink one bottle a day for three days and you're fine by the third day. I initially believed it to be one of those fad energy drinks that seem so popular in Japan, but the pharmacist convinced me to try it about six months ago and I really did recover by the third day. Still not amazed enough to take it without Dristan, but it's good.

I went to my shamisen lesson today and practiced some singing for the first time. We went through the piece first to check I knew the reading of a lot of kanji, since it uses Edo-period Japanese. For example, in one place the partcicle 'wa' is sung as 'na'. It's a pretty tough piece, but my teacher was very surprised at how my voice blended with the shamisen. I also practiced shinobue and tried Kyou no Daibutsu once more. I can sing it, but I can't play it because the rhythm is too difficult.

I went to get my visa renewed on Wednesday. While travelling there and back, I saw that Shibuya is almost completely covered in Death Note posters. They carry the slogan 'DEAD OR ALIVE?' and one side is dark and has all the characters with their eyes calmly closed (with Ryuk in the background) and the other is white and has all the characters with their eyes open (and another shinigami(?) in white in the background). It looks really cool -- I wonder if it's available at the official site? You'll probably hate me for saying this, but I hope they change the ending. I haven't got there yet, but I know one specific detail that I asked nekojita about on the condition that I would read the manga as long as it didn't happen. She told me it happened. I... appear to be reading DN anyway? But slowly. (I can't help but think that theoretically, since it comes out on a day I'm working, I could get up really early and see it before work. But I'd still worry about being late, I guess.)

Anyway, the point is that -- assuming that my visa is all nicely processed -- I'm here for another year. It's been amazing and right now I have only one obstacle to face... my cat.

It's really difficult to write because the cat wants to sit on the keyboard and chew through various cables, including the mouse and headphones. He's already almost managed it with the mouse. It makes me miserable, because I can't do anything. I spent an hour trying to write a piece and wrote just three sentences because I was pulling the mouse out of his teeth the whole damn time. When he sits in my lap, he claws at my chest and rips at my hair.

I really need to stop him from doing it, but I'm out of ideas. If anyone has any ideas about how to stop a cat eating cables, PLEASE PLEASE tell me. I'm on the verge of giving up the dreams I had about writing because of him.

I'm currently trying to finish a yaoi fic because I found a market for one; there's a company that's going to put out an anthology very soon. But they want a bio submitted alongside it. I just figured I'd write a story, get the rejection e-mail and then send the story to BBSS. I just feel so presumptuous, writing a bio for myself. Gah. I'm not very interesting and while I find my life pretty exciting, I doubt others feel the same. Also they say they don't want angst. How can you write yaoi without angst? With me, it's either angst or inanimate objects. Sometimes both.

WARD should be out in just under two weeks, right? Looking forward to it! Not only that, but we're also getting the internet installed on the 12th.
Thomas Vye: Deidara Is It Artthomasvye on 1st November 2006 13:38 (UTC)
Could you try something noise related? I don't know how you would get it to work with cables, but I saw a TV show where they managed almost immediately to stop a greedy dog opening a fridge and stealing food by putting a piercing noise alarm on the door. The noise so frightened the dog, he stopped going to the fridge almost at once.
tirwolftirwolf on 1st November 2006 13:49 (UTC)
Heard that sqirt guns work w/ cats but have never tried it. When you catch them doing what they shouldn't be doing, you shoot them w/ a basic water pistol.
Williamgenkischuldich on 3rd November 2006 14:53 (UTC)
I'm a bit scared of hurting him like that, because he's so dependent on sound. But I might try it... Thanks.
tirwolftirwolf on 1st November 2006 13:47 (UTC)
A mouse eating cat..now imagine that!? Lol. That is usually a rabbit habit..did not rhyme it intentionally. I was told back when we had our bunny that that was a leading cause of death in pet rabbits...they nibbled cables & eventually got zapped. Never heard of a cat doing it. Would your vet have any ideas? Know anyone who has old cords around that they wouldn't mind donating? Maybe he can be side tracked w/ something other than what you want to keep in tact? Not much help, I know. Loved the costume pic though! What is Death Note?
Williamgenkischuldich on 3rd November 2006 14:55 (UTC)
Thanks for the tips. I'm sure I can get some old cable, but I think he likes the idea that I'm using it and making clicking sounds with it. He has lots of toys, but suddenly the mouse is the most interesting one!

Death Note is a manga that been turned into both a film and an anime. The anime should be available for download.
Xander Lixander_li on 1st November 2006 13:47 (UTC)
Tip for an over-friendly neko
I love your costume! ^_^

If the cables aren't damaged in any way yet, a good idea would be to get an orange or lemon, squeeze the juice on a paper towel and wipe them over the wires. Cats absolutely HATE the smell of citrus.

You could also try using tinfoil (again if the wires aren't damaged yet). Cats don't like tinfoil either.

If he jumps up at you when you are doing something, just calmly put him back on the floor (without saying anything, just ignore him, and no petting either whilst doing this), if he does it again, do the same, put him back on the floor and repeat. He'll give up eventually. ^_^ Patience and persistance is the key with misbehaving animals. Give him attention only when you want to.

It's the strategy with dogs, but it works on cats too. One of my Mum's cats has an annoying habit of getting into my dinner plate when I visit my parents for tea!
Williamgenkischuldich on 3rd November 2006 14:57 (UTC)
Re: Tip for an over-friendly neko
Err... it's funny, but I already tried the lemon thing. He LOVED it! Started licking it off. ^^ Might try it again though, because he wasn't biting it anymore.

But I'll definitely try putting him back on the floor. It's true that I've kept petting him when he does that. ^^ Thanks!
Mewgokumew2 on 1st November 2006 15:03 (UTC)
Cute costume~ X.3
Williamgenkischuldich on 3rd November 2006 14:57 (UTC)
r e i: katou_myreasoninliferei_desu on 1st November 2006 15:25 (UTC)
Your costume's awesome :D

Wah, the Death Note posters are so pretty!

Good luck with the fic!
Williamgenkischuldich on 3rd November 2006 14:59 (UTC)

There's a ton of posters in Tokyo, many of them different. At the cinema, today they had some more with tags of 'The Last name is...' and various different characters. Then they have variations on the eyes shut theme and BIG posters. They're everywhere!
nekojitanekojita on 1st November 2006 16:20 (UTC)
I would put something on the cords, someone mentioned citrus but there's also vinegar, or something that a pet store would sell, that would make them smell/taste bad.

EEK! Ward is out in a couple of weeks? I still haven't scanned the last issue and I've your package to try to get out this weekend. (about 10 gravy packets, box of 60 count decaf tea bags, the facial scrub and I was going to pick up deoderant - anything else you need in there?)
Williamgenkischuldich on 3rd November 2006 15:11 (UTC)
Thanks! Although, as I mentioned in another comment, kitty seems to love lemon. ^^

I think so... maybe I miscalculated? Thanks for the incoming package. There's nothing else I need, although it did occur to me to ask about BPAL for the package afterwards. Although I know nothing about the price of those vials, so I don't know if it's a fair trade or not.
nekojita: fma - handnekojita on 4th November 2006 00:10 (UTC)
What about vinegar? Maybe he won't like that! *crosses fingers*

Price for Bpal imps are about... hmm, you can buy 6 imps from them for $20+ shipping, or try to win them on ebay, so a couple of dollars each, I'd say. Were there any particular ones from the posts I put up that you were interested in?
Williamgenkischuldich on 11th November 2006 11:17 (UTC)
No particular ones, but everyone is different when it comes to scents. I had a really nice (and very cheap!) perfume recently that smelled of cotton candy and vanilla, which everyone commented on. It was rather nice. ^^
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on 1st November 2006 21:28 (UTC)
Wow, they're really more into Halloween here than in Britain?! Wooooooooow. I always thought that Britain celebrated Halloween like America does, where almost everybody in the country dresses up. Shows what I know. ^^;;;

Death Note! I keep forgetting that it comes out tomorrow! >.> I think I'll see it this weekend sometime. =D
Williamgenkischuldich on 3rd November 2006 15:13 (UTC)
It's true! Last year I saw only a small group of kids dressed up as witches and the locak supermarket had a small stand of pumpkins and toffee apples. But that was it!

I liked it, if it helps. But I have some mixed feelings...
(Anonymous) on 1st November 2006 22:18 (UTC)
If you really need the cat gone it might be easiest to just kick him out of the room and close the door.

When my cat had that issue I simply squirted her with water a few times and that seemed to work.
Williamgenkischuldich on 3rd November 2006 15:14 (UTC)
Thanks! Maybe I'll try that and a combination of some of the above ideas...