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01 January 2007 @ 22:00
Happy New Year everyone!

I actually did get to go out with friends last night. kuroe and I walked from our home near Ikebukuro to Shibuya, which took about an hour and a half.

(Good pictures have a star!)

Street sunset.

After that, we went on to TGIFridays and to karaoke. Sadly, many of the places had cancelled their free time offers for the night (which means you get the early hours at a big discount). Still, one place was open and we had a lot of fun. Afterwards, we went to the Meiji Jingu Shrine in Yoyogi Park. This was one of my highlights last year, but this time I was feeling very sick. I had overdosed on caffeine and that makes me want to throw up rather than go hyper or anything like that.

Approach to Meiji Jingu.[*]

Even so, it was as beautiful as last year. The sky was a dark blue velvet and the crows were cawing their wake up call over the sounds of recorded koto music. We threw in five yen pieces into the pit, because in Japanese it sounds like 'goen' and is related to ideas of karma and relationships with others. Basically, it's good to throw in a 'go-en' piece!

Afterwards, I had my fortune told, but I don't think it was good... I tied it to a fence.

Then we had food in the forest food court. My favourite is 'jagabutter', which is jacket potato with butter and salt or pepper. It was nice, but I still felt really sick. They had so much delicious food there and I couldn't eat any of it...

Next to the food area were UFO catcher machines.


We got back in time to see the sunrise from the rooftop.

Sunrise. [*]
Sunrise with crane (the machine).
Sunrise with lots of houses.
Sunrise (there's no focus to this one, but the mountains in the background look so dream-like and beautiful).

(I'm still obsessing over day_on_earth. You should definitely take a look at what the first day of 2007 looks like around the world.)

For New Year, I resolve to become more expressive in Japanese and also to get something published. I think I should sleep now...

From Moonphase:
  • Cosplay photos from Comiket. I remember some of them. But what really WTFed me was some actually cosplayed as the NAVITIME man. Huh?
  • Cosplay photos from Comiket 2. I saw a few of these as well -- let's just say the camera hides a lot, okay?
  • Reideen site renewal. On the 2nd February, WOWOW will broadcast a Reideen Special. The main series will be broadcast from 3rd March at 7pm. The ending theme is "Kakeashi no Ikizama" and will be sung by Nakamura Ataru-san.
  • Nodame Cantabile anime site renewal. Suwabe Jun'ichi-san plays one of the characters...
    Thomas Vye: Atori is Crazythomasvye on 1st January 2007 17:21 (UTC)
    Happy New Year! ^-^

    I am quite interested in Reideen so the information about a special in February is very cool (I also love it when a site evolves! It's fun to see new stuff appear!)

    Cosplay looked good! ^-^b Better than in London, that's for sure! lol! (We get some cosplaying and it is increasing, but no where near the scale of the hobby in Japan).
    Williamgenkischuldich on 2nd January 2007 09:33 (UTC)
    It could be anything, really -- definitely something to make people look forward to the real thing. I doubt there'll be new animation. We a site gets renewed, I'm mostly interested in the cast list. :)
    Nnokiirat on 1st January 2007 17:22 (UTC)
    great photos. Happy New Years.

    Suwabe? Yay! how about him playing Masumi?
    Williamgenkischuldich on 2nd January 2007 09:51 (UTC)

    Suwabe-san is playing Kikuchi Tooru. Fujita Yoshinori-san, you mean? Interesting choice...
    tirwolftirwolf on 1st January 2007 17:51 (UTC)
    Wow. Thanks for the link to the around the world pics!

    Showed my sons the pics you had of Japan. They said it couldn't be Japan because Godzilla wasn't there amidst the buildings! Well, Thomas, #3 son, does have every Godzilla flick ever made. That was his super hero growing up. Umm, subject change..is Death Note also done as an anime' & can it be gotten in the US?

    Not surprised that Train can find his way around so well. Cats always did have a kinda 6th sense about them. I'm sure he is using his sense of smell, the way sound resounds off of objects, the feel of the floor, etc. to get around. He may well be able to distinguish shadings of light & dark but as long as he doesn't have to fend for himself on the street, I'm sure he'll do well. I love a happy ending! sniff...damn, I cry over everything these days!
    Williamgenkischuldich on 2nd January 2007 10:00 (UTC)
    Please tell your sons that Godzilla NEVER attacks at the end/start of the year, because it's a time to be visting temples and for peace. He usually only attacks in summer, in fact.

    Death Note is available as an anime in Japan, but it's still airing, so you can either buy the Japanese DVD (only one has a release date so far and there are no subs) or download it as a fansub.

    Yeah, Train is happy and sitting in my lap (I have to type around him!). Thank you for thinking about him. :)
    shadows follow so close behind mearromanches on 1st January 2007 22:56 (UTC)
    I saw you in day_on_earth and thought you might be interested in joining a community simalar to it.
    The basics of the community are...You can post up to 3 times per day, all entries are friends only and we have monthly photo and monthly theme contest.
    Read the community info to learn more. Hope to see you there =]

    thanks for your time, if you would like me to delete this. just let me know.
    thanks so much! =]
    zafiro_v on 1st January 2007 22:59 (UTC)
    Happy New Year! =)
    Williamgenkischuldich on 2nd January 2007 10:47 (UTC)
    Thanks! You too!
    zafiro_v on 2nd January 2007 13:55 (UTC)
    elizerdudley on 2nd January 2007 01:45 (UTC)
    Hey, I found you on Day On Earth and was wondering if you would like to help me with a project that I've just started. It's going to be a compilation of journal entries from hundreds of random people around the world. The only problem is, I have no way of getting the book that's going to be passed around to the different countries that I want to include. If you'd like to start the Japan book and pass it on, or know someone that would, please e-mail me at elyssa_dudley@yahoo.com so I can tell you more about it. Thanks! Elyssa