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06 August 2007 @ 17:54
LJ did a what now? *Has not been online for a while*

I've been going to a number of festivals lately. The last was a week or so ago. The high street of Musashi Koganei was cleared for "Awa-Odori", a special kind of dance from Shikoku. Shikoku is a small island containing four prefectures far to the south of Tokyo.

The women wore these special kind of hats that looked like moons. If you can imagine cutting a circle in half horizontally and then taking the bottom half and affixing it to your head sideways (so that the ends point forwards), that's what they look like. I took photographs, but I can't seem to upload them. I was using my camera phone, so they're not that good anyway.

There was dancing on the streets and processions featuring all the standard festival instruments -- flutes, tiny gongs, kotsuzumi, taiko, even a handful of shamisen later. Of course, there was food too. I had banana kakigoori (shaved ice) and some really good yakisoba (grilled soba noodles) that was light on the cabbage and had some pretty good beef in it. Finally, there were shrimp fritto from an Italian restuarant named Gentile. It was lots of fun!

The week after that, I went with kuroe to the super-famous Sumida River Fireworks. Wow... complete disappointment! This is probably the most famous firework display in Japan, drawing thousands of people. Too many people, in fact. Asakusa station was crowded, everywhere was blocked off and we could barely see the river. There was nowhere to sit, so we just kind of stood under the underpass and watched the fireworks through one of the huge pieces of netting that blocked off the river for safety reasons. Of course, the amount of rubbish was huge and just sat there, piled high on the streets. Nasty.

Believe it or not, the fireworks themselves weren't even that good! At Sumida, they split them in two -- half of them are set off on one side of a bridge and the other half a little upstream. There are particular places where you can see both, but it's rare. So, despite the huge 'explosion count' that Sumida touts (all displays offer this number!), you'll only see about half that.

I did have some nice (and very cheap!) eel kebabs for only 100 en though.

On Saturday, I went with kuroe again to Nishidai fireworks, which is on the Mita line. The station wasn't that crowded (for a firework display, that is) and everything was clearly signposted, with it being obvious where the seats were. The area we could sit in was very beautiful and lit with lanterns. The fireworks were set off very close to us and, although they must have spent much less than Sumidagawa, the effects, type and timing were more impressive.

Not only that, but the food was great! We ate mussel kebabs (yaki-moule-kai) and the best yakitori I have ever had.

This week, Koyasu-sama has a very... special diary entry for us.

30th July 2007 // I showed my disdain.

No way~! You can't be serious!
I wasn't able to buy "The Elder Scrolls"!
Serious shock! I was calmly excited because it was on the Xbox360 and, well, I thought I could get away with buying it without going on the first day of sales. But, impossibly, it looked like it was sold out and I was already in a bit of a panic. Although I never ever go to the toy sales area of department stores, I went anyway. Even there, it had sold out.
"I can't beliiiiiiiiiiiiiiieve it!"
Agh~~~! I can't have it and so I want it even more!
This is human nature. My soul screams for it. (_´Д`)ノ~~
I~want~to~play~it~I~want~to~play~this~game~if~I~can't~do~that~I~will~expire~yeah~it's~happening~ (_´Д`)ノ~~
"Elder Scrolls" is huge! Finally, at last, I tenaciously tried to purchase it online. But, everyone else had already done that. I'm down-hearted. (T_T)
Such a change~! I'm in the middle of playing "Subarashiki Kono Sekai". Woah~! It completely exceeded my expectations. But somehow, in this heart, I feel sadness. I showed my disdain for it. The system is amusing and can do many things, but I was cut with bitter sadness. In other words, I felt only a little of its warmth and gentleness. NiceStory!(T_T)
Agh~! It could have been an amazing game~~. I have the feeling I can clear the levels again and again, so (T_T).

Ah, the CD seems to have been fairly well-received, so I'm happy. (^-^)
Thank you very much to all my kittens! It seems the song was okay. At least, I thought so. Maybe I'm getting better.(●^ー^●)
I've never had it so good!!
Starrie: mwahcrabsushi on 6th August 2007 11:24 (UTC)
BWAHAHA KOYASU ♥ ahhh~ He makes me happy in such a wtf-ish kind of way.

The festivals sound kind of disappointing-- my students kept telling me about Sumida and I was upset that I couldn't go. I guess I'm glad I couldn't? Sorry~~~

Speaking of festivals! There's one in Harajuku on the 18th-19th, some kind of dancing parade whatnot. I want to go the morning of the 18th from 10-12 (and then it's off to work for me). Would you be interested in tagging along? I'mma ask aionwatha, too. I'm working so much this month that I can't go to many festivals, but at least I'll be able to see Koenji's Awa-Odori from work. ♥ Ahhh~ I want to wear the yukata Aion gave me. ;_; ♥
Williamgenkischuldich on 6th August 2007 11:37 (UTC)
*Loves Koyasu*

Sumida wasn't great, but the rest were!

I'd love to go, but I'm working on the Saturday until 5.40. Sorry~. ;_;
Starrie: poof!crabsushi on 6th August 2007 14:11 (UTC)
Well, if you want to go afterwards with any of your friends or something, it runs 10:00-20:00 both days. On Saturday it's on NHK Kayaki Street, wherever that is, and on Sunday it's on Omote Sando. The number for more information is 03-5766-1320. ♥

I thought I had a list of more that started/ran through August & September, but I can't seem to find it at the moment... I'll get back to you, if you're interested. XD;
Williamgenkischuldich on 9th August 2007 13:19 (UTC)
Thanks! I am interested, but I'm going to a concert with my teacher on Sunday. A bit short on money too... let me know if there's anything after payday! :P
Starrie: ashescrabsushi on 9th August 2007 13:36 (UTC)
After payday......
(Taken from a paper that seemed to be copied from Metropolis?)

August 16th (Thursday) there's something called Nikkan Sports 2007, 7:30-8:30. Fireworks, boom factor 10K. It listed a million stations that were the "closest", but I only wrote down Sendagaya because it's on the Sobu line and I'm trying to track Sendagaya anyway since I want to move out there. The phone number for that is 03-3547-0900

August 15th (11th-15th, actually) there's some water-covering festival with lots of Wasshoi!! and 120 portable shrines. It's on the Tozai/Oedo lines, Monzen Nakamahi Station. Fukugawa Hachiman Festival, http://www.tomiokahachimangu.or.jp Don't know if the shrines are still running around on the last day, though.

August 24-26th, Azabu-Juban Festival. Food, dancing, and music, Azabu-Juban station. http://www.azabujuban.or.jp ((I can't really read the website, though, to find out exactly what's going on or where it is.))

Koenji Awa-Odori -- I'm definitely going to this one. Tempted to bring my yukata, probably won't. It's going to be right around my branch, so it's easy access for me. Metropolis said it ran 24-26th, but the website just says Saturday & Sunday, 25 and 26, 6pm-9pm. http://www.koenji-awaodori.com

End spam!
Enjoy the concert!
(Money? What's that? :p )
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Williamgenkischuldich on 9th August 2007 13:21 (UTC)
That is bizarre. Thanks for the explanation...

Really, really bizarre. I mean, I thought they learned their lesson the first time around.

Congratulations on the cosplay competition.
sarisamesarisame on 6th August 2007 11:58 (UTC)
Just want to say thank you for translating Koyasu-sama diary ^_^. I'm not really good at Japanese so your journal helps me a lot. Well, just reading his diary makes me happy all day, he is so cute. Now I'm trying to watch every anime and buy every game he has a role....I fall for his voice over and over again, his voice is so impressingly unique, really love him XD.
Williamgenkischuldich on 9th August 2007 13:21 (UTC)
Hey, no worries. Glad someone else is enjoying his entries too. :)
nekojitanekojita on 6th August 2007 13:04 (UTC)
Ah, I wish I could go to some of those festivals. *pouts* Much better than dealing w/ LJ craziness!
Williamgenkischuldich on 9th August 2007 13:22 (UTC)
Hey, come to Tokyo anytime. I'll show you around. :)
nekojitanekojita on 11th August 2007 17:35 (UTC)
An offer I'm very tempted to take you up on, once I get the time and money available for a decent vacation!

By the by, you haven't sent any Ward issues in the last few months, right?
Williamgenkischuldich on 13th August 2007 09:34 (UTC)
I'm so sorry! It will be sent on Wednesday once payday comes. I'm still paying off my city tax this month. Sorry, I really am. ^^;;
nekojitanekojita on 13th August 2007 12:53 (UTC)
Ah, don't feel bad! I just wanted to make sure you were still doing it before I looked elsewhere for the book. *hugs* Don't feel bad at all, and if it's ever too much of a hassle, let me know. And let me know if you want me tea/deoderant/whatnot or paypal or another type of payment, okay?
Williamgenkischuldich on 17th August 2007 10:22 (UTC)
Nah, it's just the money issue. Money's been a little tight this month. It'll get to you soon -- promise!
nekojitanekojita on 17th August 2007 20:18 (UTC)
Can you accept paypal payments? International money orders? I know you weren't crazy about them in the past, but maybe they'd come in handy for you now.
百加☆nitaspitas on 6th August 2007 14:17 (UTC)
I have been online, but I haven't been paying much attention ^^;;

But, I'll be in Tokyo again this Sunday! (12th-16th) So we should meet up. I know Jillian wants to do karaoke again. Are you free anytime then?
Williamgenkischuldich on 9th August 2007 13:34 (UTC)
I'll be free -- preferably after pay day! I'm a little short on money this month though, so the 15th and 16th would be best for me. You know my number, right?
百加☆nitaspitas on 9th August 2007 14:07 (UTC)
yup, I'll let you know when I'm in town and have a better idea of my schedule ^^ I definitely want to actually walk around and see ikebukuro this time, though. Can't wait to see you again!
h_whungry_worm on 6th August 2007 16:39 (UTC)
Agh~~~! I can't have it and so I want it even more!
This is human nature. My soul screams for it. (_´Д`)ノ~~

XD So funny! I love how these asian character emoticons express everything a bit getter, too.

Foolish mortal! Don't underestimate the power of the first sales day! ;D

Thanks for that. ^_^
Williamgenkischuldich on 9th August 2007 13:35 (UTC)
He goes through the same trials and turmoil that we do... :P
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Williamgenkischuldich on 13th August 2007 09:33 (UTC)
Mine too. :)
golden_bastetgolden_bastet on 6th August 2007 23:45 (UTC)
Speaking of festivals, I was watching Raise the Lantern! by Yo Kohatsu last night. It was cute, though really short (59 mins), but I was kinda surprised at how the townspeople thought everything was a festival.

Dunno if anyone else has seen it, but I'd be curious about impressions (especially in Japan).


I got my Koyasu crack-CD last week. It's been shipped and is making its way from there to here. Something to look forward to (yay!).

Thank you, Koyasu-sama (ALL HAIL)! We loves ya, crack and all.
golden_bastetgolden_bastet on 7th August 2007 00:01 (UTC)
Lantern?!?!?!?!? Duh, it's Castle. C-A-S-T-L-E Raise the Castle.

Okay, that's it - now I'm having Yang Zhimou moments. I'm going off to feed myself.
Williamgenkischuldich on 13th August 2007 09:33 (UTC)
I hope you've got it by now then! What did you think? :)
golden_bastetgolden_bastet on 14th August 2007 00:45 (UTC)
Well, I don't know Japanese and there weren't English subs; but in the ensuing confusion it looked promising. I'm definitely looking forward to more coming down the pike.

VU Aya shoots a lot, though, which looks a little jarring compared to WK Aya.

Williamgenkischuldich on 17th August 2007 10:23 (UTC)
Ah, I never thought to translate that!

Hm... but they had guns in Gluhen... :)