However, because it was an American restaurant in Japan, it had a lot of strange dishes alongside the turkey, stuffing, roast potatoes, turnips and brussel sprouts... We also ate ebi-fry, couscous, pakora, fresh mozzarella/tomato and fried aubergines.
I've been thinking about New Year Resolutions and I also saw this forum promoted in a post from the Nanowrimo organisers.
Well, I was going to try some pretty major things anyway. :)
1) Get better at Japanese.
2) Learn to recognise words in Russian apart from Weiss Kreuz names. In other words, master the writing system at the very least.
3) Get an agent and/or publishing contract. Or a short story published. SOMETHING!
4) Learn origami. A teacher at an elementary school gave me a pack of origami paper and it just so happened to have instructions in it. I was thrilled with what I was able to do, even though my duck looked like a swan and my crow looked like a penguin.
5) Travel to an Asian country.
6) Go to an onsen in Hakone.
7) Go to the gym regularly.
...No particular order, by the way.
More from Koyasu Takehito-sama!
13th December 2007 (Thursday) // Excited.
Amazing, heart-pounding excicicicitement! o(^∇^o)(o^∇^)o
When I think about work, my spirits soarsoarsoar--!
First, "Yu-Gi-Oh" episode 170.
I was happy to resume my role of Saiou after such a long time and I couldn't believe I was able to take part in another duel! Furthermore, it takes place over two episodes! There's no mistaking the fact that a super high-tension battle is about to unfold! I'm burning at the thought-!
And there's one more thing.
"Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro" episode 16.
The criminal in this episode makes an amazing entrance!
No way, no way.
To be able to see a performance nailed like that in a session was so much fun, so much fun. (^3^)/
I'm so glad I did Neuro! And so I've no choice but to do Koyasu!Neuro right. Really, the joy of being an actor is consuming me! Even now incredible guest stars are coming because Neuro is fantastic. Neuro is going through this wonderful time and I hope it can continue. What a thought. (^-^)
Anyway, it's possible it could continue for a long time with a continuous series of villains.
Such hopes for this series!
It's awesome! Such excicicicicicicicitement! ヾ(=^▽^=)ノ
16th December 2007 (Sunday) // A strange feeling.
Since Bingo Galaxy has been released all over the country, I went to a game centre during a break from work. I wanted to play the real thing.
There was something strange about it~ (^-^)
I've got used to hearing my voice from the TV, but hearing it from a unit in the game centre...
There was something strange about it~ (^-^)
I recorded many samples, but I get the feeling that you don't get to hear many in regular play. Next time, I'll make some time to play it properly.
At any rate....
There was something...
24th December 2007 (Monday) // Merry Christmas★.
First, to everyone who came to Jump Festa...
To my kittens, who came from distant prefectures and countries, in the rain, in the cold and through many other hardships, I really mean it when I say...
Thank you (o^∇^)o～☆
And to all those who gave me presents especially...
Well, today is Christmas Eve. I'm not doing anything special, but to the gentle hearts who sent presents to my office...
Although I got many presents this year, I was very surprised that someone got me a "kotatsu".
Because of the wooden flooring in my home, it was a little difficult to find a place for it (LOL) Nevertheless, I have put it in its proper place and can't stop smiling at the sight.
At any rate, to everyone...
My honest thanks＼(^O^)／
26th December 2007 (Wednesday) // Card Hero
It's as fun as I expected. (≧▼≦)
Should I connect it to the net?
But, if I did that, I'd never leave the house.
I see a lot of talk around this time of year, when the Christmas fics come out, about how each one is culturally misinformed and "the Japanese just don't celebrate Christmas". This isn't really true, so I decided to make a short list of the things that you might expect to be different, but aren't and vice versa.
Turkey is difficult to get, but not impossible. You have to one of the big supermarkets (such as Aeon) to find it. Additionally, all of the papers that cater to foreigns have lists of restaurants that serve turkey dinners. A huge number of restaurants and hotels do Christmas dinner, but many of these don't have turkeys and begin with a starter of pate. Anyway, most people settle for chicken. You can find people serving cuts of it in the basements of the big stations (Shinjuku, for example). The most common thing to do though, is to go to KFC! However, if you want their Christmas chicken, you have to reserve it. It's a common sight to see huge crowds of people lined up outside KFC on Christmas Eve. They had turkey this year too, but that's a new development.
Christmas decoration in shops go up early, on November 1st. The only reason they don't go up any earlier is because of Halloween! They have the usual Christmas goods and Disney features prominently. Some have a small selection of new year goods, but these won't take over the shop until December 26th. In central Tokyo, all the big shopping areas (Ikebukuro, Shibuya, etc) have Christmas trees and lights. They even put tinsel in the vending machines. Places outside central Tokyo don't have so much. In my town, the usual piped music changed to Christmas songs and a Christmas tree appeared a little off from the main street, suggesting that it was paid for by the traders, not the city itself. For what it's worth, the Shinto shrine near my house has a few lights too.
Christmas cake is really popular! But it's usually strawberry sponge cake. There are rarely Christmas characters on top, just strawberries. Like KFC chicken, you have to reserve it.
The most-hyped thing this year is "Mugen Puchipuchi" which means "infinite bubblewrap". You have an electronic device on a keyring and if you press any one of the buttons it'll make a sound like bubblewrap.
Just throwing that one out there. ;) Sound perfect for Aya, doesn't it?
It doesn't exist and you can't buy it anywhere. Most Japanese people believe that "pudding" is the same as "purin", a creme caramel-like dessert, anyway.
Christmas trees, poinsettia
Japanese florists ARE busy around Christmas! Most have a handful of fake Christmas trees and a couple have real trees (small) for around 4800 yen, which is about 48 US dollars or 24 pounds. The most common plant is the poinsettia or any old red and green plant.
Being alone at Christmas...
...is Serious Business! Christmas is for couples here and so it's very sad if you don't have a date on Christmas Eve. A common date would be "Tokyo" Disney (it's really in Chiba.).
Disney is, to my mind, behind the drive towards Christmas merchandise. So until recently, the Christmas symbols used in Japan were pretty much governed by Disney as other Japanese companies started copying them. It was rare to see Santa hats without Mickey ears. As you might expect from a corporation, we see no directly-religious symbols, only Christmas trees, presents, Santa and Mickey. So no angels, holly/ivy, stars or crosses.
Office parties are compulsory at Christmas! They are called "bounenkai" and are to commemorate the end of the year. They involve going to a restaurant of varying expense, buying the food plus a "nomihoudai" (all-you-can-drink) package and playing a few silly games. As I posted, I went to a traditional place that sold beautifully-presented poison deathfish and played bingo with party hats, but I saw another group out the other night who were going to a much cheaper shabushabu place. Anyway, getting drunk is a must.
Advertising is rarely Christmas-related unless it's for English schools or Disney. Most focus on snow and onsen. At this time of year you see a lot of posters for places a couple of hours travel outside Tokyo that are famous for their onsen (hot springs/spas). They usually show a steaming onsen surrounded by snow. New year is the time for travel. Currently, one well-known coffee brand shows someone drinking in the snow and the other shows the main character being warmed up in the cold by the coffee. I should probably point out that coffee is frequently drunk outside, from heated cans, straight from the vending machine.
Anyway, next time you see a WK fic where Weiss actually celebrate Christmas, maybe remember it isn't too strange. ;)
...Maybe I should post this somewhere? It seems kind of useful, maybe.