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27 November 2010 @ 16:20
 
Do you have a best-selling title for your novel? (Pay attention to their disclaimer, although it's fairly obvious stuff.)

Preview of Spideymyu If this were in Tokyo, I would already have tickets for it.

Newly-Discovered Sea Worms

Nintama Rantarou Trailer (Rough trailer translation: "Guess who? He's a boy who wears glasses. He has mysterious powers. He attends a certain school.")

Oxygen Detected on Moon of Saturn

I finally sent off some query letters and thus technically have fulfilled one of my new year resolutions: to send more queries than I did last year.

Of the three I sent, one was promptly returned as it never made it through the spam filter. On the upside, I probably didn't include sufficient biographical data (that's scary) in my query as they seemed to want, so I've kind of got a second chance. On the other hand, I have no idea how I can get round their spam filter, so it's a moot point.

Either way, wish me luck for the two I still have out there.

I'm currently ill, like just about everyone else I know. I've opted to spend the entire day in front of the computer instead of doing anything. I'll probably miss Thanksgiving tomorrow too. Not because I'm too ill for food, but to avoid spreading it to everyone else.

I went to see Adele's dance performance on Tuesday -- she was great! It was a mix of contemporary and classical ballet and, while I'm not sure I really got many of the contemporary dances, the way they (and Adele!) were able to move was incredible. As for the classical stuff, I'm ashamed to say that Princess Tutu helped me to figure it all out.

Next week, Space Battleship Yamato comes out... on a Wednesday. This is unusual as most movies are released on a Saturday or, occasionally, on a Friday. The thing about this Wednesday is that it's both Ladies' Day (women get discounts) and First Day (everyone gets a discount). This is sure to boost the raw figures, possibly at the expense of actual revenue. I would assume they have a plan.

There's also the JLPT. I haven't studied at all for this. It's the new version, so I don't even know what the level I'm doing is like. It feels like I've gone backwards. I took Level Three, what, four years ago? And now I'm doing NEW Level Three, which is supposedly more difficult. Strangely, I don't feel sufficiently encouraged to study.

Day 26 - What's your favourite/least favourite train line?

Last entry I posted about finding Samurai Coffee in a vending machine. I saw it again and decided to take a picture. In the same machine was a pancake flavour hot milkshake. I tried it eventually - it was better than I thought it would be, but not as good as the name/description suggested.

Photo behind the cut.



My favourite train line is the Keiyo Line, so-called because it joins Tokyo and Chiba and since this is Japanese, it's read completely differently when you put the two kanji together. Anyway, this is the line that takes you out to Makuhari Messe and Kasai Rinkai Kouen. The surrounding scenery is incredible - abandoned warehouses, junkyards and machinery alongside the gleaming ocean.

I also like the Keisei Line (Tokyo and Narita = Keisei) for similar reasons. It's the first glimpse of Japan most travellers get and you go past traditional rice fields and shrines before you get to the metropolis. I used to live on this line and I have to admit it seems less reliable than other services.

Least favourite is probably Touyou (Tokyo and Chiba = Touyou), because it's so expensive. I used to have to go just a few stops on it when I worked for Nova back in Chiba, and even a couple of stops took all my money.

The Musashino Line also annoys me because if it just went at regular intervals then I could use it and cut half an hour off my commute time. But no, trains leave at roughly twenty minute intervals. I believe it's because the track is shared by freight trains even during the daytime.

The Japan 30-day Meme:

Day 01 - A picture of you "in Japan". (doing or wearing something "Japanese")
Day 02 - Describe your neighbourhood in Japan.
Day 03 - Most interesting person you've met.
Day 04 - What's your favourite place that's not in any of the guidebooks/lists of places to visit?
Day 05 - Which, if any, Japanese mannerisms or expressions have you adopted?
Day 06 - Food that you swore you would never eat but now love (or tolerate).
Day 07 - Which Japanese words do you use in English? (hanami, shinkansen, etc.)
Day 08 - Are you a Herbivore or Carnivore? S or M?
Day 09 - Favourite stores/shopping centres.
Day 10 - Something about Japan that sets it apart from anywhere else.
Day 11 - What did you find most overrated and underrated about Japan?
Day 12 - Describe a fail!gaijin moment, where you did something wrong or completely misunderstood because you couldn't ~read the air~ or just plain had no idea what you were supposed to do because you weren't born and raised here. Describe a gaijin!smash moment, where your foreignness was to your benefit.
Day 13 - CHANGED: What's your favourite live event you've attended in Japan?
Day 14 - What is the hardest thing about living in Japan versus your home country?
Day 15 - Weirdest food item you've seen, and weirdest food item you've actually eaten.
Day 16 - How you realised you'd acclimated to Japan. (if you have)
Day 17 - Your karaoke top 5, your sushi top 5, your conbini top 5.
Day 18 - Post some amusing/cute/faily purikura.
Day 19 - Your favourite Japanese character(s) and Gachapon/UFO Catcher toys
Day 20 - Favourite Japanese festival or folklore.
Day 21 - Favourite and least favourite Japanese fashion trends.
Day 22 - Your favourite Japanese saying or kotowaza (proverb).
Day 23 - What is something you have/do in Japan that you wish you had/could do in your home country?
Day 24 - Your favourite Japanese slang or borrow-word (外来語), e.g. セフレ "sex friend"
Day 25 - Most interesting vending machine find.
Day 26 - What's your favourite/least favourite train line.

Day 27 - Place you avoid going to if at all possible.
Day 28 - A picture of you looking like a weaboo/A picture of you trying to blend in and failing.
Day 29 - What's the thing you [will] miss most about Japan when you leave (either on vacation, or move away)?
Day 30 - Did Japan meet your expectations, both good and bad? What has been the most surprising thing about Japan for you, or the thing you least expected?
 
 
 
Ariss Tenohariss_tenoh on 27th November 2010 04:57 (UTC)
The red Attakai means it's a hot drink?
Williamgenkischuldich on 27th November 2010 05:01 (UTC)
That's right. Next to the hot milkshake is a cold energy drink in blue touting its taurine content.
Eskelxoxeskel on 27th November 2010 08:25 (UTC)
JLPT! <3

I'm doing N4 this December. Any advice for a first time JLPT-er?

(also: pancake flavour? Really, Japan?)
Williamgenkischuldich on 27th November 2010 08:36 (UTC)
Well, I've passed once and failed once, so I don't know how useful my advice is. That was the old test on top of everything else.

As for practical advice, I would look at the test area via Google maps and see if there are many places to buy lunch around the area, since a ton of people are going to descend on them all at exactly the same time. When I took the test at a Tokyo University campus, I figured there MUST be a convenience store within walking distance. There wasn't. There was almost nothing. If it weren't for a tiny hole-in-the-wall bentou store, I wouldn't have got anything to eat. Second time, I brought food. That's probably the best option and what they tell you to do anyway.

I also had massive amounts of coffee from vending machines during lunch on the exam I passed. I think that helps too.
Eskelxoxeskel on 27th November 2010 10:19 (UTC)
When I took the test at a Tokyo University campus

...don't they have an on-campus food court or something? D8
Williamgenkischuldich on 28th November 2010 09:20 (UTC)
If there was, I didn't find it.
Mami: dreamsmami_san on 27th November 2010 13:35 (UTC)
Dude, I would totally try the pancake drink. Once. (And then do a spit-take, probably.)

自動販売機 ♥

Good luck with the queries!!
Williamgenkischuldich on 28th November 2010 09:15 (UTC)
I did. :) It was pretty good, but not enough for me to try it again... probably.

Thanks! How are you getting on?
Sharon: Bleach Hitsugaya Determinedsharona1x2 on 27th November 2010 20:27 (UTC)
Thanks so much for uploading the pictures! The coffee drink looks so cute. I'd love to try the hot pancake drink. Was it very sweet?
Williamgenkischuldich on 28th November 2010 09:20 (UTC)
You're welcome! The pancake drink wasn't as sweet as you might expect, but was pleasant. I expected a bit more of a 'buttery' taste, but that didn't happen.