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16 November 2007 @ 17:43
It's my second year anniversary of being in Japan. I think this year I saw more friends and the times we had together were wonderful, even during the darkest days. Thank you all. :)

Recap of the previous year.

  • I took the JLPT3 and passed.
  • I went to Shinjuku and watched Bambino PLUS.
  • I saw the first Rikkai Tenimyu
  • I went to Nikko Edo Mura with yuki_scorpio and giving_ground
  • A Christmas miracle occurred and I got to see Rikkaimyu for a second time.
  • I went to one day of Winter Comiket.

  • I celebrated new year with friends.
  • I saw the very first Airmyu.
  • I saw ROCK MUSICAL BLEACH the LIVE Bankai SHOW code:001.
  • I played hanetsuki and won at karuta at the new year party.
  • I received my first(?) BPAL shipment.

  • I got a Mixi.
  • I practiced for my concert at a Noh theatre in Omote-Sando.

  • I performed in a Noh theatre in Omote-Sando as a flutist and singer.
  • I gave a speech in Japanese about Britain.
  • weissday happened.
  • I went to a public bath for the first time and discovered that harem anime didn't lie to me.
  • kurayamihimitsu took me to the 100% Chocolate Cafe.
  • I saw Bleachmyu.
  • I left Funabashi Minamiguchi and Funabashi Keibajo branches.
  • A show called "Velvet Under World" was announced.
  • My parents-in-law visited Japan.
  • I saw Dream Live 4.

  • I went to Talat for the first time.
  • My cat saw for the first time.
  • I was surveyed for a radio program "Jam The World".
  • I went on a monjayaki cruise around Tokyo Bay.
  • I worked my first day as an ALT in a junior high school [flocked, for obvious reasons].

  • I went to the most extravagant hotel I have ever seen for my school's opening party.
  • I saw the second Airmyu.
  • I went to the first festival of the season, in Ochanomizu.
  • I went to a Thai festival in Yoyogi Park with starrbeam.
  • I saw Bambino 2.
  • I met up with suthrnbellechan for the first time.
  • I attended school sports day.

  • I moved apartment.
  • Zombies attacked Tokyo.
  • I started tabletop roleplaying again.
  • I met the number one under-14 girls tennis champion in Japan and she played just like someone out of Tennis no Oujisama.

  • I received my first paycheck for writing something.
  • I went to a Bon Odori. One of my most amazing experiences in Japan.

  • I went to an Awa-Odori, the Sumida River firework display and the Nishidai fireworks display.
  • I saw the second Rikkaimyu.
  • I went to a classical concert with my Japanese teacher.
  • I went to a Gundam exhibition with gokumew2 and nitaspitas
  • I went to Matsumoto with kuroe.
  • I went to the 100% Chocolate Cafe and Dr. Sketchy's with dilettantka.

  • I gave a speech in Japanese to a community group.
  • I watched Japanese street performers instead of eating Meguro sanma.
  • My parents visited Japan. We go to Yokohama, Kamakura, Takaosan, Hakone, Odaiba...
  • There's the first real pay delay at Nova.

  • I finished writing my novel.
  • My Nice Boss rushes through the paperwork to get my visa and crabsushi looks after me in Shinjuku.
  • I saw the Shounen Onmyouji musical [You'll need to scroll].
  • I skip work and spend time with aionwatha and crabsushi when I finally have it confirmed that we're not getting paid.
  • I interview for another company.
  • I had some amazing Thai food at Talat with crabsushi, amazing kimchee nabe with kurayamihimitsu and more sketching with dilettantka.
  • I saw Switch wo Osu Toki [Scroll down].
  • I went to a Halloween party at a taco restaurant.
  • After all my trouble pushing the paperwork through, I got a three year visa.

  • I start at a new school, with a new company.
  • I went to an Ethiopian restaurant for my friend's birthday.
  • I ran four kilometres with my school kids as part of their marathon day.
    strawberryjoy on 16th November 2007 08:21 (UTC)
    Four kilometres is suffering for your art!

    Happy anniversary.
    Williamgenkischuldich on 16th November 2007 08:25 (UTC)
    Thanks. :)
    菖蒲eye_ame on 16th November 2007 10:25 (UTC)
    Happy anniversary!
    Williamgenkischuldich on 18th November 2007 02:05 (UTC)
    Thank you very much!
    ^_^ /*: Yohji & Aya HOT!!!white_cross_b on 16th November 2007 10:55 (UTC)
    That really is a fantastic list of things that you did this year, not to mention last year! I'm thrilled to hear that everything worked out and you have a new job.

    This made me cry:

    My cat saw for the first time.

    Thank you for taking care of the sweet little thing. :'-)
    Williamgenkischuldich on 18th November 2007 02:06 (UTC)
    It was special because the vet told us he'd never be able to see. Of course, at the time, since we had been told that, we didn't know if he could really see for sure. But now we know for definite. :)
    ^_^ /*white_cross_b on 19th November 2007 02:22 (UTC)
    I can absolutely relate to that! I had a diabetic cat once, and came home from work one day to find him in the grass having a seizure, which apparently had been going on for quite some time. He'd gone into diabetic shock because his blood sugar was too low. The vet didn't think he'd live through the night, but he pulled through. He was blind for a few days and they told us he would probably never see again, but his sight gradually came back. I was soooo happy for him! He lived another good seven years or so after that and I considered every one of them a gift.
    Williamgenkischuldich on 21st November 2007 03:35 (UTC)
    Wow, that's great how he pulled through! What was his name?

    Our cat is Train, after the main character from Black Cat. We found him after a firework festival, just sitting in the middle of the road. He was too weak to move at that point and his face was eaten away... well, it's a long story and he's better now!
    ~Elle~suthrnbellechan on 16th November 2007 14:38 (UTC)
    Happy Anniversary!

    You totally forget the part in May where we met and it was amazing because you rock my socks off ^^
    Williamgenkischuldich on 18th November 2007 02:07 (UTC)
    Oops, I guess I did! I was going through the list really quickly! ^^
    ravient: Waiter!KenKenravient on 16th November 2007 23:57 (UTC)
    wow~ It seems u did a lot of fun~ XDD nice! ^^b
    Williamgenkischuldich on 18th November 2007 02:08 (UTC)
    I guess I did, although it seems in the distant past now...
    bewsbud: Chamagnebewsbud on 17th November 2007 11:48 (UTC)
    Happy Anniversary!

    It's been a while, so I wanted to thank you once again for sharing all your adventures throughout the year!
    Williamgenkischuldich on 18th November 2007 02:09 (UTC)
    Thanks! It's not a problem, I don't have any difficulty talking about me...
    amelia cavendish: __soleil ban smilingyami_tai on 18th November 2007 18:46 (UTC)
    Happy anniversary, hun *twirls you*!
    Williamgenkischuldich on 21st November 2007 03:33 (UTC)
    Thanks! :)
    soshonisoshoni on 21st November 2007 09:11 (UTC)
    It seems like you had an interesting year! (and what a wonderful way to lay it out.) Hopefully the next one will be just as interesting, without any of those darker days.
    Williamgenkischuldich on 22nd November 2007 08:09 (UTC)
    Yes, I've certainly been living in "interesting times"! I hope next year will be better!